Can you pee with a tampon?
Tampons are a popular menstrual product choice for women during their period. They offer more freedom to exercise, swim and play sports than the pads.
Because you are putting the tampon in your vagina, you might be wondering, “What happens when I pee?” No worries there! Wearing a tampon does not affect urination at all, and you don’t have to change your tampon after urinating.
Here’s a look at why tampons don’t affect urination and how to use them correctly.
Your tampon enters your vagina. It seems that a tampon is blocking the flow of urine. Here is why it is not.
The tampon does not block the urethra. The urethra is the opening to your bladder and sits just above your vagina.
Both the urethra and the vagina are covered with larger labia (labia majora), which are folds of tissue. When you gently open these folds (Hint: use a mirror. You can get to know yourself!), You can see that what looked like an opening is actually two:
- Near the front (top) of your vagina is a small opening. This is the exit from your urethra – the tube that carries urine from your bladder out of your body. Just above the urethra is the clitoris, the point of female pleasure.
- Below the urethra is the largest vaginal opening. This is where the tampon goes.
Although a tampon does not block the flow of urine, some urine can get into the string of the tampon as urine flows out of your body. Don’t worry if this happens. Unless you have a urinary tract infection (UTI), your urine is sterile (without bacteria). You cannot give yourself an infection by peeing on the tampon string.
Some women don’t like the feel or smell of a wet thong. To avoid this you can:
- Hold the string at the side when you pee.
- Remove the tampon before peeing and put on a new one after urinating and drying off.
But you don’t have to do anything with that if you don’t want to. If the tampon is properly inserted into the vagina, it will not block the flow of urine.
To use tampons correctly, first choose the correct size tampon for you. If you are new to this type of menstrual product, start with the “slim” or “junior” size. These are easier to insert.
“Super” and “Super-Plus” are best if you have a very heavy menstrual flow. Don’t use a pad that is more absorbent than your flow.
Also consider the applicator. Plastic applicators fit more easily than cardboard ones, but they tend to be more expensive.
How to properly insert a tampon
- Before inserting a tampon, wash your hands with soap and water.
- Stand or sit in a comfortable position. If you are standing you might want to put your foot on the toilet.
- With one hand, gently open the folds of skin (lips) around the opening of your vagina.
- Holding the tampon applicator by its middle, gently push it into your vagina.
- Once the applicator is inside, push the inner part of the applicator tube up through the outer part of the tube. Then remove the outer tube from your vagina. Both parts of the applicator should come out.
The tampon should be comfortable once it is inserted. The string should hang outside your vagina. You will use the string to remove the tampon later.
Even if your period is light, change it within eight hours. If you leave it on longer, bacteria can grow. These bacteria can enter your bloodstream and cause a serious condition called toxic shock syndrome (TSS).
Toxic shock syndrome, however, is rare. See a doctor immediately if you suddenly start having a fever and feel unwell.
Here are some ways to keep your tampon clean and dry:
- Wash your hands before inserting it.
- Change it every four to eight hours (more often if you have a heavy flow).
- Hold the string at the side when using the toilet.
When it comes to peeing with a tampon, do whatever makes you comfortable. Whether you prefer to remove the tampon before urinating or right after, is up to you. Just make sure to keep your hands clean when inserting it and change it every four to eight hours.