Tampons — cylindrical devices used to stem a woman’s menstrual flow — are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as medical devices.
The FDA offers these tips for safe tampon use:
- Follow all directions on the product’s label.
- Wash hands before and after use.
- Only use tampons during the menstrual period.
- Change a tampon every 4-to-8 hours.
- Use the lowest-absorbency tampon for your needs.
- Beware of pain or any other unusual symptoms as a result of using a tampon. Toxic shock syndrome is a dangerous possible side effect of tampon use. It’s symptoms typically include sudden fever, vomiting, diarrhea, feeling faint, dizziness or a sunburn-like rash.