Dolly Doctor

Here’s Why Your Tampon Might Be Leaking

There's a couple of reasons.
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Period are overwhelming, particularly when you haven’t been experiencing one for all that long. Growing accustomed to using pads, tampons, menstrual cups, period underwear etc., is a long journey and different for individuals.

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For most first time menstruators, pads are the protection of choice before eventually switching to tampons. It’s a big change and can take time to get used to.

The first time you use a tampon, you will probably have difficulties and vow never to use them again (speaking from experience). It’s important to be kind and patient with yourself. If you want to use tampons, keep trying and you will eventually get the hang of it (also speaking from experience).

One thing you may notice when you switch from pads to tampons is blood leakage. Girlfriend reader Jess was no exception, and she reached out to Dolly Doctor about her personal experience.

Here’s why your tampon might be leaking. (Credit: Instagram | @endogram)

Dear Dolly,

I recently got my period and I’ve started using tampons, but the blood still comes out into my undies while the tampon is in. What can I do to stop this? Am I inserting it properly?

Jess, WA

Here’s what DD has to say…

There could be two reasons for this. Firstly, you might need to use a bigger tampon and change it more frequently, especially on the first couple of days, which are usually heavier.

You’ll know if your tampon isn’t the right size (that is, absorbent enough) because when you take it out it will be fully soaked (saturated), which is why your menstrual flow would leak around the side and onto your undies. Sometimes on the very heavy days, women need to wear a tampon and a small pad.

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The second reason could be that it’s not inserted properly, but you’ll usually know this because you can feel when a tampon is not all the way up. If a tampon is inserted properly, you can’t feel it at all. If it’s sitting lower down in the vagina you can usually feel it sitting there and should push it all the way up.

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