Tampons are used during menstruation to absorb the menstrual blood. You may not always know how to properly remove and dispose of your tampon, especially if you are trying to do it discreetly. There are certain principles you should follow in order to remove and dispose of a tampon without creating a problem. You should also be careful to use tampons safely in order to avoid developing health problems from their use.
Method 1 of 4: Throw a tampon at home
Step 1. Never throw a tampon in the toilet bowl
Once you remove the tampon, you need to dispose of it properly, such as avoiding simply flushing it down the toilet and then flushing it. This action risks blocking the toilet drain and damaging the plumbing.
Step 2. Wrap the tampon in a piece of toilet paper
You should take a piece of toilet paper to wrap your tampon. This is to prevent blood from getting anywhere, including on your hands.
Wrapping the tampon in toilet paper also helps to hide it in plain sight. You could do this so that no one can see it
Step 3. Dispose of the tampon in the trash
You must dispose of the tampon in the trash. Throwing it away immediately after removing it will save you trouble and the maneuver will remain inconspicuous.
If a tampon is left outside for a few days, it may give off odors. So, you should throw your tampons in a separate bin that is near the main bin or in the small bin in your bathroom. Remember to get rid of it after a day or two at most
Method 2 of 4: Throw a tampon away from home
Step 1. Conceal the tampon in toilet paper
You may find yourself in a situation where you have to dispose of your tampon in a public toilet or at a friend's house where you spend the night or just a few hours. You should always first wrap the tampon in toilet paper. This way you won't get blood all over your hands and you won't splash the floor, the toilet bowl, or the trash can either.
You could form several layers of toilet paper around the tampon to protect it well, especially if you are at someone's house and want to dispose of it very discreetly
Step 2. If you are in a public washroom, use the trash can available to you
If you remove your tampon in a public toilet, chances are there is a small metal trash can near the toilet. You can open it and place the tampon in it. It may be marked Reserved for tampons or sanitary napkins.
You should close the lid of the metal bin after placing the pad in it. These bins are often emptied once a day by maintenance staff
Step 3. Place the tampon in the garbage can at your friend's house
If you're spending the night, or just a few hours, at a friend's house and need to get rid of your tampon, you should put it in the trash. Never throw it in the toilet bowl, as you risk clogging the toilet.
You should avoid storing the tampon in your bag or pocket, even wrapped in a piece of toilet paper. Tampons are likely to emit a strong odor from the blood and menstrual fluids they are soaked in. You don't have to risk ending up with a smelly tampon in your stuff
Step 4. If there is no bathroom, place the tampon in a paper bag
If you are camping or do not have access to a bathroom for whatever reason, you should wrap the pad in toilet paper, paper towels, or a piece of paper. You should then place it in a paper or plastic bag. Thus, you will make sure that the blood does not flow just anywhere. You should then try to get rid of the bag as soon as you find a suitable garbage can.
Method 3 of 4: Remove the tampon correctly
Step 1. Sit on the toilet bowl
You can easily remove a tampon while sitting on the cuvette. The seated position allows you to spread your legs to access the tampon. It also allows you to orient your fingers so that you can easily slide the stamp towards the exit.
Sitting on the toilet is also ideal so that the drops of blood that flow when you remove the tampon go inside the bowl. This will help you clean less, since there will be no blood on the floor or on your panties
Step 2. Find the string that is attached to the tampon
Your tampon should have a white string attached to the end. You should be able to look between your legs and see this string coming out of your vagina.
If you don't see a hanging string, it may have got stuck in your vagina at some point. It often happens that the string breaks or becomes tangled while you play sports. To find it, you will then have to explore your vaginal opening with your fingers
Step 3. Gently pull the string and remove the tampon
Once you locate the string, you can gently grab it with two fingers. Then gently pull on it to slide the tampon out of your vagina. By pulling gently, it should come out quite easily.
If your tampon does not slip, or if it seems stuck, you may need medical help. Tampons can get stuck when they've been inside for too long, when the string got stuck, or when you had sex while wearing a tampon. You should have it removed very quickly by a doctor, because if you keep the tampon too long you risk toxic shock syndrome
Method 4 of 4: Use tampons safely
Step 1. Remember to always change your tampon every 4 to 8 hours
You should always try to change your tampon every 4 to 8 hours, as keeping it for more than 8 hours increases your risk of getting toxic shock syndrome. Depending on the intensity of the flow, you may need several tampons per day.
If you tend to forget to change the tampon, you should set an alarm on your phone after about 8 hours, in order to think about it. Also, you should only wear a tampon at night if you plan to get less than 8 hours of sleep. Do not wear a tampon at night if you plan to sleep for more than 8 hours
Step 2. Use a tampon appropriate for the intensity of your flow
You should prefer the use of a tampon whose absorbance is suitable for your flow. This will give you the protection you need and the tampon will meet your needs. If you have a heavy discharge, which may be the case during the first 2-3 days of your period, you should opt for a very absorbent tampon. If your flow is weaker, which is often the case in the last days of your period, you should choose a tampon with low absorption capacity.
- You can determine how much absorbency you need by looking at the appearance of the tampon when you remove it. If it feels dry, it probably means the tampon you're using is too absorbent. If it looks soaked and very wet, it may be too little absorbent.
- You should never use a tampon to absorb a white vaginal discharge. The tampon should only be used to absorb your period.
Step 3. If you have symptoms of toxic shock syndrome, you should see a doctor
If you develop any of the symptoms of toxic shock while wearing a tampon, you should seek immediate medical attention. This is a bacterial infection that results from the growth of bacteria in your vagina. You may develop one or more symptoms at the same time, among these:
- sudden fever (over 38.9 ° C)
- a red rash on the body
- dizziness or fainting when standing