What is a tampon?A tampon is a pressed cotton or gauze, which serves to absorb liquids.
Tampons are small sanitary articles made from pressed pulp, which are introduced into the woman's vagina during the period to absorb the escaping menstrual blood.
With the help of a Rückholbändchens the tampon is removed and disposed of in the trash. Tampons are always packed individually and should only be introduced with washed hands. Tampons come in different sizes and absorbencies to cater for the different anatomy of women as well as the different stages of menstruation.
The suction strength of the tampon is indicated on the packaging, there are four different suction levels of most manufacturers. In younger women and weaker menstruation days are small tampons.
Shapes, types & types
Tampons from different manufacturers are basically the same in shape and design, since they fulfill one and the same purpose.
Nevertheless, there are various differences, such as insertion aids, especially for younger women, tampons with lactic acid additives to strengthen the vaginal flora and counteract fungal diseases or "wings" that act like a network and better prevent dripping of the menstrual blood than tampons without this aids.
Basically, however, all tampons are pulp with a Rückholbändchen made of fabric.
Structure, function & effect
Even in construction, they differ only slightly from each other. Tampons have a rounded tip at the front end to facilitate insertion into the vagina. The return strap is at the back end and will not be inserted into the vagina.
The tampon usually has grooves that run from front to back or even like a spiral, to better keep the blood in the tampon. If the tampon is soaked, the blood runs out of the vagina. As a precaution, the menstruating woman should therefore always wear a panty liner or thin bandage. In the woman's body, the tampon sucks with blood and flours on it.
He then adapts to the body of the woman and can not slip out. However, the tampon can be pressed out of the body, similar to a birth, the return strap should be torn off.
Medical and health benefits
The benefits of a tampon are many, but they also provide a medical and health benefit by supporting the hygiene of the woman.
In contrast to disposable bandages, they do not allow the blood to escape from the body, but rather concentrate it in the body. The woman has to carry around the sticky, unpleasant, bloody excrement until the next change of bandage. This is a great benefit for menstruating women from a psychosocial point of view, as they can feel safe and free even during their period.
Also, visits to the pool or in the sauna are no problem, the blood would represent a possible risk of infection for other bathers. However, the application of the tampon definitely entails risks and dangers. Rarely, the so-called "Toxic Shock Syndrome" can occur, a reaction to the foreign body, which is associated with high fever and must be treated immediately.
It is mentioned in every instruction manual of a tampon. Next tampons can be forgotten and another introduced, which can lead to massive complications. The tampon must then be removed by a gynecologist. In addition, the Rückholbändchen can tear off. The tampon must by no means remain in the body of the woman! Inflammation, poisoning and massive allergic reactions to the foreign body can be the result.
Properly applied, however, the tampon provides maximum protection and flexibility, which is why it is used by most menstruating women in most western countries.