Tampons are pieces of cotton with a string at one end. You put them into your vagina to soak up your blood. You pull them out using the string. You should change a tampon every 4-6 hours — or sooner if needed. You can choose from a range of tampon sizes — depending on how heavy your period is.
Cost: Packs of tampons cost $4-$9. Cost depends on type, brand, and number of tampons per pack.
Pros: Tampons are small — they’re easy to pack in your bag or pocket. When you use a tampon correctly, it’s easy to forget you are wearing it — they can be very comfortable and convenient. You can go swimming when you are wearing a tampon.
Cons: There is a small risk of toxic shock syndrome (TSS) when using tampons. TSS is a rare bacterial infection that can cause damage to vital organs. To minimise your risk, always wash your hands before touching or putting in a tampon, use the lowest absorbency to suit your flow, change your tampon at least every 8 hours, and always take your tampon out before you go to sleep.