It is absolutely fine to take a shower wearing a tampon. If it does not get wet, you can continue wearing it in a shower. However, for some reason, if water has seeped in and the tampon has become soggy, it is therefore better to discard it after you finish taking your bath.
Instead of a shower, if you sit in a bathtub while taking a bath, it will definitely soak water. Then will not be able to soak menstrual blood anymore. Hence, after you come out of the bath, change the tampon and wear a fresh one.
What is menstruation?
Menstruation is a monthly occurence after a woman reaches puberty. It is also known as periods or monthly cycles in colloquial language. Every month a woman’s body prepares for pregnancy when ovulation happens. Normally fertilization happens between the 12th to 16th days after the first day of menstruation. During these days the body ovulates and the woman has the maximum chance of getting pregnant.
What is a normal menstrual cycle?
A menstrual cycle starts with the beginning of the first day of the period. In an ideal situation on the 28th day, the woman’s body should shed the uterus lining along with the menstrual blood. However, sometimes the periods start early, or late. A menstrual cycle can range between 21 days to 35 days in different women in different phases of their lives.
A woman normally reaches puberty between the age of 11 to 14, however, there have been instances when a woman reached puberty at the age of 8, 9, or 10. For some women, the period may start after the age of 14. It continues till the woman reaches menopause. Menopause can happen in women between the ages of 45 and 51. For some women, it might start as early as 40.
Menstruation lasts for about 4-5 days. Some women shed very little blood and within 2-3 days the bleeding stops.
Why do women use tampons?
Tampons are designed to absorb menstrual blood when inserted into the lower parts during menstruation. It is placed internally inside the lower canal and some women find it annoying to use. As the tampon soaks the menstrual blood and fluids, it expands. It is made of rayon and cotton and the material is highly-absorbant. It also contains synthetic fiber to give it a sturdy shape.
Tampons should be changed once in 3-4 hours depending on the blood flow. There are many myths associated with tampons. Women should be completely aware of its usage and ways to dispose of it before they start using it.
If you cannot prevent water from seeping in and the tampon has become soggy, you can discard it. After you finish taking your bath, get out of the shower and put the tampon in a dry place. Once it is dry, put it back in the bathroom and use it again.
Don’t throw your tampons in the toilet as they can clog the drains. This can lead to expensive repairs. For this reason, you should make sure to throw them in a designated bin. It might be easier to throw it in the toilet but it can lead to a lot of problems so it is better to avoid this.
After a shower, you might insert a tampon quite fast so that you don’t create a messy bathroom.
What is a sanitary napkin?
A sanitary pad is a pad that women wear when they are menstruating. It is also known as a sanitary towel, menstrual pad, sanitary napkin, or feminine napkin. Women have to wear sanitary pads even after giving birth to a baby.
Unlike a tampon, a sanitary napkin is worn outside the body. It is either stuck on the panties using adhesive tape, or women can wear it around their lower waist using a string. This is commonly removed before showering.
Menstrual hygiene should be of utmost importance to every woman in all parts of the globe. However, to our disappointment, there are many countries where women do not have access to basic menstrual hygienic products like sanitary napkins and tampons. They are forced to use homemade sanitary napkins using discarded clothes and cotton pads.
After a while, you will get used to dealing with tampons when you have to shower.
Showering with a cast can be challenging as this is something that can take some time to get used to.
So now you are aware of various methods of menstrual hygiene and being a woman how you need to take precautions. Women due to societal shame hide these problems and later they have to pay a bigger price for the negligence.