Today’s gynecologists are advising menstruating women against the use of tampons without being properly trained in using them correctly. Montgomery County gynecologist Dr. Rania Ibrahim reports that many women aren’t aware of the fact that a tampon needs to be changed at least every three hours.
Research has shown that there has been an increase in the cases of infections in women who have changed from using sanitary napkins to using tampons. The reason for this increase in infections is that many women do not know how to properly use tampons. In fact, many women mistakenly leave their tampon in for over eight hours during their workday.
Your Montgomery County gynecologist says she typically recommends the use of sanitary napkins unless tampons become a requirement for medical reasons. In fact, she reports that nearly ten percent of the vaginal infection cases she treats are caused by the improper use of tampons.
Many women believe that they can leave a tampon in place for over 8-10 hours a day while they go about their daily activities. But they should be aware that tampons must be changed three times a day at the very least, even if their blood flow is minimal.
According to your Montgomery County gynecologist, the most common symptoms of infection due to long-term or incorrect usage of tampons include itching, burning and a white, odorous discharge.
However, in some cases, more serious conditions can occur. In some cases the improper use of a tampon has led to a fatal illness called Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), which occurs when a tampon is left inside the vagina longer than recommended. Most tampon manufacturers include a cautionary message on their packages regarding toxic shock syndrome – which is rare – but can be fatal.
If you are experiencing itching, burning or an unusual discharge when using a tampon – or have questions about the proper use of tampons – call the office of Montgomery County gynecologist Dr. Rania Ibrahim today to schedule a confidential consultation.