9:45 pm - 08/07/2006

Sleeping in tampons...

It just occured to me that I'm out of pads to sleep in. Would it be safe to sleep in a tampon for the last night or two of my period?

I've been advised against this, but I'd imagine that's only doing it long term.

Note: I know that tampons aren't the best thing in the world for you, but I like them.
br0ken_dolly 8th-Aug-2006 01:51 am (UTC)
i do it all the time. it's far neater than pads, especially if you toss and turn a lot or it's a heavy night. i have had no issues :)
moochar 8th-Aug-2006 01:53 am (UTC)
You're suppose to change tampons pretty frequently, which is why they aren't reccomended for sleeping in. However, as long as you get up at some point & change your tampon I wouldn't see a huge issue. That's what I do myself. Also, make sure your tampons are best suited for your flow. For example, you don't need to use a super tampon on your light days. Worse comes to worse, perhaps you can fashion a "pad" out of some toliet paper & line your panties with that. I've had to do that myself before when I've started my period or had spotting when I've been unprepared.
bronwe 8th-Aug-2006 01:53 am (UTC)
Yes, as long as you change it after 8 hours.
tamah_sama 8th-Aug-2006 01:59 am (UTC)
I often wear tampons for up to 12 hours when coupled with pads.

TSS is quite rare.


I also hugely endorse toilet paper.

It's cheaper, it works better than you'd think and...

I'm lazy?
leads_to_sex 8th-Aug-2006 02:03 am (UTC)
Heh, my periods are way too heavy to rely on toilet paper.
frolicnaked 8th-Aug-2006 04:24 am (UTC)
Me too. I saw "toilet paper" and thought, "Maybe if it were the whole roll."

And then I can imagine the leaks that would happen when the roll rolled away during the night. ;)
moochar 8th-Aug-2006 02:23 am (UTC)
I think toilet paper is actually fabulous. Maybe I'm weird though.
slow_awakening 8th-Aug-2006 02:34 am (UTC)
I am way too paranoid that it will fall out of my pants on the sidewalk for all passer by's to see! lol
moochar 8th-Aug-2006 02:44 am (UTC)
So am I...that's why I've always just done it around the house. That way I don't have to worry about leaks &, well, it falling. lol
die_in_a_fire 8th-Aug-2006 07:18 am (UTC)
I've used toilet paper as a tampon backup before I got a Keeper. Wearing a liner isn't even worth it to me, as they get all twisted up and stuck to themselves / my sensitive bits. I'd just tuck a little TP between my labia and go about my day. But that's just me.
moochar 8th-Aug-2006 01:42 pm (UTC)
Nah, not just you. I found that worked well during my first period actually. It's something I've kept up from time to time even now.
uglybracelets 8th-Aug-2006 06:36 am (UTC)
and I thought I was the only one who uses toilet paper. If I get stuck without a tampon its the first thing Ill consider even before a pad. But I don't just use it on regular basis, only when im in a jam.
leads_to_sex 8th-Aug-2006 02:03 am (UTC)
I've done it and had no problem. I just usually set an alarm for when I need to change it. I don't let that go past 8 hours.
sacre 8th-Aug-2006 02:05 am (UTC)
I tend to ignore an hourly thing on tampons (I probably don't wear them more than 12). It's never hurt me. I suppose I'm putting myself at risk but nothing has happened as of yet.
princess_kessie 8th-Aug-2006 02:14 am (UTC)
I did for 15 years - but then my period was too heavy for either tampons or pads alone, so I had to use both. And nine times out of ten I was up multiple times during the night to change anyway - but in 15 years, I had no problems with TSS or infection from wearing tampons at night.

In saying that, you need to make sure it is your decision - you have to be ultimately responsible for your choice.
thee_shadow 8th-Aug-2006 02:19 am (UTC)
I've always used tampons at night time, and they've even been there more than 8 hours. You probably shouldn't, but i've survived;P And i know many others who have done the same.
3_black_cats 8th-Aug-2006 02:57 am (UTC)
These days, it's now considered safe to wear a tampon for up to eight hours. As others have mentioned, you should also take care to use the lightest absorbancy for your flow, of course. :) Also, another really important thing is to wash your hands well before and after inserting/removing a tampon. That will also help prevent toxic shock.

It's important to know that while toxic shock is a serious illness, it's actually very rare. There are cases of toxic shock that have nothing to do with tampon use, too. The most important thing, I would say, is to seek medical attention if you think you have symptoms of toxic shock. Here's a really good link I found from the FDA website that talks about TSS and tampons: http://www.fda.gov/fdac/features/2000/200_tss.html

And on a personal note, I've been known to leave a tampon in for 10+ hours (the time it takes me to get a full night's sleep!) and I've never had any problem with that. If you're really concerned, you might feel better sticking to the eight hour limit, though. :)
sugarini 8th-Aug-2006 03:42 am (UTC)
Yeah, no big deal.

I also often leave a tampon in for 10 or more hours, nothing happens.

You have a higher chance of getting struck by lightning than getting TSS. :)
kceleste 8th-Aug-2006 03:59 pm (UTC)
a house 2 away from mine on my street got hit by lightening a couple weeks ago, so that's not always the best way to look at it :-P
metricks 8th-Aug-2006 04:53 am (UTC)
i never buy sleeping pads anymore.
i just use two regular ones. overlap 'em a bit.
works the same.
uglyloveletters 8th-Aug-2006 05:40 am (UTC)
That's what I do.
rhube 9th-Aug-2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
I only use tampons, and have never had any problem with them, although it's worth making sure that you change it directly before you go to bed so as to avoid any accidents.
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