Tampons can be super essential during your period, but we have all heard those horror stories about tampon usage gone wrong. No one wants toxic shock syndrome (TSS), so it's important to know the times you should never wear a tampon. They are extremely useful, but tampons can also be dangerous if used incorrectly, and it's good to practice discretion during times where you're not quite sure if a tampon is necessary.
"Let’s face it: Tampons are a foreign object that stay inside the vagina for an extended period of time," says Sherry Ross, MD, OB/GYN over email. "Even though the tampon is a 'sterile' foreign object, you still have to be mindful about how long you leave it inside this delicate and sensitive area of the body. Anything put inside the vagina has an expiration date, even tampons."
Not following proper tampon hygiene can lead to an increased risk of infection or TSS, a complication of a Staph bacterial infection that although is rare, can occur fast and be extremely serious, even leading to death. Regularly changing your tampon and paying attention to your tampon usage can help prevent TSS and keep your vagina as healthy as possible.
Here are seven times you should never use a tampon.