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On Menstruation

Is it okay to take medication for vaginal infections during my period?

It is advisable to take medication before or after your period, but not during. Vaginal yeast infections often clear up by themselves, especially when menstruation begins. Menstrual blood raises the vaginal pH, causing the number of yeast cells to decrease because they can't grow in the flora present during menstruation.

Are tampons dangerous? I'm scared I might lose it inside my vagina and not get it out.

Tampons are not dangerous, and they definitely won't get lost inside your vagina. Most women do have a little difficulty getting them out, but with a change in position and a little relaxation, tampons can be removed easily. You might, however, forget a tampon inside your vagina, but you certainly won't lose it in there. The vagina is like a tube sock. The cervix is at the deep end. It only has a tiny opening for blood and semen, and cannot be easily forced open. Tampons have not been shown to cause such damage to the vagina or cervix.

Infections like Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) should be your real concern. TSS is caused by toxin-producing bacteria called Staphylococcus aureus , which grows perfectly in a filthy environment such as your vagina when an overused tampon is left there for too long. Therefore, you must not ever forget a tampon inside your vagina for long. One who has acquired TSS displays a sudden onset of fever, chills, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle aches and a rash which rapidly progresses to severely low blood pressure and ultimately, shock. But TSS is a rare condition, and tampons are not the sole cause of it. However, to prevent getting TSS or any kind of vaginal infection, make sure you change tampons every 4 to 8 hours. Or best, just use a sanitary pad.

Additionally, it is recommended to supplement tampon usage with the right Feminine Hygiene Wash to avoid infections.

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