Many women ask themselves whether tampons can be used after childbirth, as these hygienic products seem more comfortable than pads. However, immediately after birth, their use is not always desirable. This is due to the presence of concomitant infections in a woman, how the birth of the child went, and what complications arose during childbirth. In this case consultation of the attending gynecologist can be required.
So, how soon after childbirth can you abandon the pads in favor of tampons, and are there cases when using the latter is not worth it until the arrival of regular periods? All this in this article.
Immediately after the birth of the child, the so-called lochia begins to be released from the uterus - postpartum discharge, which contains blood, particles of the placenta, remnants of mucus and bacteria. A peculiar self-cleaning of the uterus occurs, therefore during this period their free outflow is extremely important. The amount of discharge in the first few weeks can be significant, gradually their intensity weakens, they become more scarce and transparent, with less blood admixture.
Tampons after birth can begin to be used in about 3-4 weeks in the absence of associated pathologies.
Immediately after delivery
Can I use tampons immediately after childbirth? On this account, all doctors give a definite answer - no, this is prohibited, since this hygienic tool will bring more harm than good.
The fact is that such personal hygiene products make it difficult to estimate the amount of daily blood loss, which can lead to late diagnosis of uterine bleeding. Also immediately after birth, the cervix is open, which makes the body extremely vulnerable to any infections. The tampon retains the secretions in itself, and in the conditions of heat and humidity, the pathogenic bacteria begin to multiply actively. All this can lead to the development of bacterial infections, which it will be difficult for a weakened body to cope with.
Their use immediately after the birth of the child is also undesirable because the cervical canal is not completely closed yet, so the hygiene product can get into the uterine cavity and provoke a sharp deterioration in health and numerous complications. In addition, after the birth of the baby, the vaginal walls are stretched, so in some cases the tampon may simply fall out.
In this regard, in the first weeks after birth, sanitary pads with a high absorbed capacity would be ideal. They do not delay the outflow of uterine secretions, do not injure postpartum stitches. It is important to change the pads every 2 hours; before they change, the external genitals should be treated with warm water and baby soap.
When can I start using tampons
When can you start to even think about the use of tampons? Gynecologists advise to forget about their existence at least in the first 2 weeks after the birth of the child. If a woman had a cesarean section or multiple breaks, this personal care product is prohibited to use until the sutures are removed and all wounds are completely healed. It is important to wait until the lochia becomes more scarce and transparent, which means that the process of self-purification of the uterus comes to an end and the body has almost completely recovered after the birth of the child.
Starting the use of such personal care products is recommended gradually, at first you can only use 1 piece per day, alternating with gaskets. As you feel better and reduce the discharge, you can gradually move only to the use of tampons of low absorption. It is important to remember that funds intended for large amounts of blood loss can become a breeding ground for the infection and it is much more difficult to remove them, especially if the woman has only healed postpartum sutures.
It is important to remember that the decision to start using tampons always has an individual time frame and is made only by the attending gynecologist. In most cases, experts urge not to rush to use such hygiene products again, since the risk of complications from them is potentially higher than the convenience and comfort of use.
In which cases you can not use tampons after childbirth
There are cases when women after childbirth are not recommended to use tampons for a long time - more than a month. This is due not only to the restoration of the body after the birth of the child into the world and its special susceptibility to various pathogenic microorganisms and pathologies that could have occurred both before and during childbirth. These factors include:
- Caesarean section, regardless of whether it was planned or emergency. After the operation should ensure the smooth flow of blood and uterine secretions. For this, special medical pads or puerperal panties are best suited. A tampon can cause inflammation and bleeding, as the bacteria that accumulate in it will adversely affect the health of the reproductive system.
- If a woman has immunodeficiency diseases such as HIV, has congenital abnormalities, then it is necessary to delay using any tampons.
- The presence of colpitis in the third trimester. Even after successful treatment, you should stop using tampons.
- If after childbirth had to carry out scraping, manual removal of the placenta.
- In the presence of a newborn congenital infectious diseases. This indicates that the woman in the body secretly occur inflammatory processes that affect the reproductive system. The use of tampons in this case threatens the development of infectious diseases and the appearance of complications.
- If in the process of labor, ruptures of the uterus and perineum occurred.
In the presence of at least one of the above situations, it is better to refrain from using such personal care products until the body is fully restored and all postoperative stitches heal.
To prevent the use of tampons from causing adverse effects after childbirth, doctors advise you to follow these guidelines:
- If a woman has never used such hygiene products before giving birth, you should not start using them immediately after giving birth. Tampons can cause a negative reaction, which will be much harder than that of women who have not given birth. You should wait for the arrival of the usual monthly and use such personal care products with caution.
- You should not use tampons after giving birth to those who previously had a bad experience of using them. The body is already weakened, and the use of such hygienic means can trigger the development of thrush, vaginosis or infectious diseases.
- They should be chosen a little smaller than the estimated amount of discharge. Preference should be given to the brand that the woman used before giving birth to avoid an allergic reaction or the occurrence of intolerance. They should be changed every 2 hours, then wash with warm water using soap for children. In no case can not use such hygiene products at night, it is better to give preference to night pads.
Compliance with these simple guidelines will help prevent the development of complications due to the use of such hygiene products.
Thus, the use of tampons immediately after birth and about three weeks after the birth of the child is not recommended, as this can lead to the development of numerous complications. They can be returned to their use when the lochia becomes less abundant, and all the stitches and ruptures caused by childbirth will completely heal. You should not solve this issue yourself, you should consult with the gynecologist about the appropriateness of the use of such personal care products.
From what period can tampons be used
Hundreds of years ago, women tried to bring comfort into their lives during critical days. Used papyrus paper, animal hair and many other tricks. In the modern guise of tampons appeared around the 50s of the twentieth century. The first products had quite a few flaws, did not have good absorbency, but still they made life easier for the woman, allowing them to lead a more active lifestyle.
Many unreasonably consider tampons dangerous and causing inflammatory processes in the vagina. But when used properly, they are absolutely harmless to health.
It is believed that the recovery after childbirth, the female body needs at least 42 days, and sometimes this time increases. It all depends on whether they were operational or natural, whether there were complications beyond this, etc. Therefore, the use of tampons will be individually for each woman.
Ideally, even at the postpartum admission, check with the gynecologist if there are any contraindications to this hygiene product and when it can be safely used. General recommendations boil down to a few recommendations.
We recommend reading the article on menstruation after birth. From it you will learn about the postpartum discharge and the beginning of menstruation, the likelihood of a new pregnancy and the need to go to a doctor.
After discharge from the hospital
Often, after being discharged from the maternity hospital, a woman begins to “look in” on tampons. At this time, the approach will also be individual. In principle, after 1 - 2 weeks after delivery, you can lay a tampon for a couple of hours. But it is still impossible to use them all the time.
The next group of women after childbirth should not use tampons (even one) for hygiene for 42 days:
- If a caesarean section was performed, it does not matter if it is planned or emergency. Tampons can cause deterioration of blood outflow from the uterus and the development of complications (inflammation, bleeding, etc.).
- In the case when the labor was complicated and some additional manipulations were performed, for example, curettage of the uterus, manual separation of the afterbirth, etc.
- If ruptures of the cervix, vagina, as well as dissection of the perineum (with episiotomy) or its ruptures were noted.
- If the baby has congenital infections (pneumonia, conjunctivitis, etc.). Their detection in crumbs suggests that the mother has a latent, chronic infection or an acute inflammatory process, including that associated with the genitals. The use of tampons can lead to the development of infectious complications in a woman or to their aggravation.
- If colpitis was detected in the third trimester of pregnancy. Regardless of the treatment, a woman should refrain from using tampons for a longer period of time.
- If the young mother has chronic immunodeficiency diseases, for example, HIV, congenital abnormalities, etc.
Sometimes it is necessary to wait until the stitches are removed, including from the cervix and vaginal mucosa, or additionally put out candles, etc. Recommendations in each case will be individual.
Look at the video about hygiene after childbirth:
Which is better: tampons or pads
Both that, and other means does not give 100% protection against course. It is especially difficult to capture the moment after birth, when it is time to change the pad or tampon, since the nature of the discharge often changes.
It is also provoked by various operations (cesarean section, removal of myoma nodes, etc.), as well as manipulations (curettage, intrauterine drainage installation, etc.).
The advantages and disadvantages of each can be represented as follows.
When tampons are allowed
Inventive ladies have long tried to bring some comfort into their lives. On critical days, they resorted to various tricks: they made linings of papyrus, animal hair and other auxiliary materials. Modern tampons appeared on sale in the middle of the last century. The first products had a lot of flaws: they are poorly absorbed, held loosely. But all the same, such means greatly facilitated the lives of girls and women. Thanks to them, they could be active even in critical periods of life.
There is an opinion that tampons are dangerous because they contribute to the development of inflammatory processes in the genital organs. Of course, there is a risk of infection, but with the proper use of these convenient products, they are absolutely safe. Apply them immediately after any type of delivery can not be. Experts believe that the body should restore its previous functions, and this will happen approximately 1.5 - 2 months after the appearance of the baby. This is in the case of natural childbirth. If a cesarean section was made, this period is extended by several weeks.
In other words, in each situation this issue should be decided individually. The most reasonable solution is to consult with the gynecologist about the best hygiene products that can be safely used during the postpartum period.
Risks after childbirth
And the third negative quality of the product lies in the fact that the women who gave birth have a large blood loss, and since the tampon absorbs the liquid, it becomes attractive for microorganisms. In this case, even the frequent replacement of products will not save from infection. Therefore, the tampon is not recommended for the first time after birth. But after a couple of weeks you can try to insert a tampon for a while. True, their constant use is unacceptable in this period.
When tampons are contraindicated
No matter how effective tampons may seem, in some cases their use by women is not allowed in the first 42 days after delivery. This list of restrictions includes the following states:
- If a woman was doing a caesarean section. Tampons worsen the outflow of secretions (lochia) from the uterus and can provoke the development of an infectious process.
- After complicated deliveries such hygiene products will also have to be abandoned.
- If a cervical or vaginal rupture occurred during labor or a perineal incision was performed.
- Do not use tampons in the case of a child with signs of pneumonia, conjunctivitis and other infections. Congenital infections always indicate that some inflammatory process occurs in the latent form of the mother's body. It is possible that the pathology is localized in the female genitals. Using tampons in such circumstances will only aggravate the situation.
- If a woman in the last trimester of pregnancy was detected colpitis.
- If immunodeficiency states are detected in the mother: congenital abnormalities, HIV and other diseases.
This list may be supplemented with other critical conditions. In each case, only a doctor can solve issues such as the use of hygiene products after childbirth. Sometimes the restriction may be due to stitches or other complications of labor.
Although tampons have long been used by women, many negative myths are piled about them. Let's try to destroy them.
Myth number 1. Products can cause stagnation, so they can not be used every day. If you regularly change the product, it is quite possible their constant use.
Myth number 2. At night, the tampon can not be put. Indeed, there is a reasonable grain in this rule. Since it is not possible to replace products regularly at night, it is better to use alternative hygiene products.
Myth number 3. Tampons are not able to guarantee complete protection against leakage. No hygienic means meets such requirements.
Myth number 4. The use of tampons should be alternated with gaskets. Of course, this option can be considered reasonable and fully applicable after childbirth, because it carries minimal risks to the health of the young mother.
How to use tampons
To be able to use tampons is necessary not only after childbirth, but also in everyday life. Only the correct use of products can guarantee their absolute safety. There are several simple hygiene rules that should be followed during the postpartum period:
- Replace hygiene products at least 2-3 hours later.
- A woman during this period should wear underwear made from natural fabrics.
- The change of underwear should be done daily, and the bra can be changed after 4 days.
- Bed linen must be changed once a week.
- Genitals need to be washed every 2-3 hours with warm water using baby soap.
- When the seams are applied in the crotch area, it is better to wash under the shower.
Combining the use of tampons with these basic hygienic requirements, each woman will provide herself with quite comfortable living conditions after the birth.
Tampons are very convenient hygienic means. If it is properly used after childbirth, you can significantly improve the quality of life of a young woman.
Can I use tampons after childbirth and cesarean?
After the birth of a baby, a woman has a period of time for discharge from the genital tract - at first they are bloody and abundant, but gradually become leaner and lighter.
Это состояние вполне физиологично и означает то, что организм восстанавливается для возможной новой беременности и вынашивания.
The puerperal menstrual cycle resumes on an individual basis: someone’s period starts in 4 weeks, and in others the critical days disappear for a few months or even a year.
Women who are accustomed to tampons during menstruation are concerned about whether they can be used after cesarean or childbirth?
Tampons after cesarean and childbirth: comfort or danger to the body?
During lohii, the original consistency and shape of the uterus is restored, and the nature of the discharge depends on how much everything has returned to normal.
Usually already after 2 weeks after cesarean or physiological labor, discharge from the genital tract becomes less abundant and their composition somewhat changes.
At this stage, the excretion of “lumps” of blood or clots is practically not observed, therefore, if desired, the puerperal, sanitary napkins can be replaced with tampons, if she is used to using them during menstruation.
If the childbirth was complicated by perineal tears or a woman was given an episiotomy, then it is better to refrain from using tampons until full recovery, since inserting them into the vagina can cause pain and discomfort.
How to use tampons after childbirth and cesarean and when can I start?
If childbirth or caesarean were not complicated and the woman’s postpartum period proceeds normally, then from the third week you can use tampons if desired. In order to replace the gaskets with tampons does not lead to trouble, you should consider a few rules:
- The tampon should not be left in the vagina at night, since the cervix is still open and is the entrance gate for infections, and the filled tampon is the ideal medium for the growth and reproduction of pathogenic microorganisms,
- Change a tampon every 2 hours, regardless of its fullness level,
- When imposing internal stitches or episiotomy transferred from the use of tampons in the postpartum period, it is better to refuse until full recovery, that is, up to 1.5 months after delivery.
Regardless of exactly what the puerperal woman uses (tampons or gaskets), it is extremely important to strictly follow the rules of intimate hygiene and make regular changes of the product.
Irina Levchenko, obstetrician-gynecologist, especially for Mirmam.pro
When do monthly periods begin?
Congratulations - you have just become a happy mother! It also means that now your body has changed a bit, and now is the time to learn more about it. Since your hormones are only returning to their normal state, you can expect that within a few months your critical days and menstrual cycle will be restored. Of course, you have noticed certain changes in your body! Now your body is rebuilt in a new way, hormonal balance is changing, and menstruation after childbirth will come again after a few weeks or months. Major changes occur during the first six weeks after pregnancy and childbirth. It will take several more months before the other physical changes take place, and the cycle returns to its normal state, then monthly periods will be restored. The genital area may be especially sensitive after the birth of a baby. Bleeding after childbirth is a normal phenomenon for the body of a young mother. Your body gets rid of the mucous membrane of the uterus (womb), such bleeding is called lochia. The use of postpartum pads is recommended for the first few days after birth. With a decrease in bleeding intensity, regular daily sanitary pads will provide adequate protection. You may have noticed that the discharge during the cycle can change and become stronger, for example, during ovulation. This is completely normal! CAREFREE® panty liners provide you with cleanliness and freshness throughout the day. However, if you are worried about strong periods after childbirth, the discharge has acquired a bright red color or contain clots, you should contact your gynecologist. The recovery period of menstruation after pregnancy depends largely on whether you are breastfeeding and with what intensity. The fact is that during breastfeeding, a special hormone is produced in the woman’s body that prevents the appearance of new eggs, and the period does not start. When the feeding period ends, the female body becomes ready for a new pregnancy. In some women, who gradually stop breastfeeding, the monthly cycle after childbirth is restored rather quickly, while in others, menstruation does not resume until they completely stop feeding. The timeframes when menstruation begins after childbirth, and the general characteristics of the cycle depend on the overall hormonal balance and how the delivery went. If you are not breastfeeding, then most likely, your period will return after 6-8 weeks after pregnancy. When menstruation begins after childbirth, you can confidently return to the use of tampons. When menstruation goes after childbirth, you may find that the discharge has become more abundant and lasts a little longer. Experts recommend not to worry about the weakening of muscle tone and reduce the sensitivity of the vagina after childbirth - within 6-8 weeks, its shape and size will return to normal. When menstruation comes after childbirth, it is important to find a suitable hygiene product. When using your regular tampon during menstruation, you may no longer feel “right”. It's time to try o.b.®ProComfort ™ NIGHT, which will help ensure that you have the right protection during your menstruation. Their soft, flexible protective wings of SilkTouch ™ adapt to the individual body structure, as well as increase the absorption surface, so they allow not to miss a single drop that other tampons could miss. In order for the recovery processes to take place after the birth of the baby and the return of menstruation to be the most gentle and beneficial, it is recommended to ask your gynecologist when you can use tampons again. After all, a specialist who knows the history of your pregnancy and childbirth, as well as having studied the characteristics of your body, can tell when the cycle is restored, menstruation returns and when it is better to start using tampons. Regardless of the way in which a woman resolves childbirth, discharge begins. Over time, their intensity decreases as the endometrium is restored. Can I use tampons after childbirth? Immediately after the birth of a baby, lochia, which are distinguished by abundance, stand out. At this time, it is preferable to use absorbent diapers. Tampons after childbirth - a completely inappropriate option. Two weeks later, when the intensity of lochia decreases, there are no contraindications to the use of tampons - in the event that the introduction of the tampon is not accompanied by unpleasant sensations. The main thing is not to forget to change them in a timely manner - every three hours. To avoid postpartum complications, you should remember to observe simple hygiene requirements.
What determines when menstruation comes after childbirth
What changes in the cycle and nature of menstruation can be after childbirth
Can I use tampons after childbirth or is it better to choose pads
Since your hormones are only returning to their normal state, you can expect that within a few months your critical days and menstrual cycle will be restored.
Of course, you have noticed certain changes in your body! Now your body is rebuilt in a new way, hormonal balance is changing, and menstruation after childbirth will come again after a few weeks or months.
Major changes occur during the first six weeks after pregnancy and childbirth. It will take several more months before the other physical changes take place, and the cycle returns to its normal state, then monthly periods will be restored.
The genital area may be especially sensitive after the birth of a baby. Bleeding after childbirth is a normal phenomenon for the body of a young mother. Your body gets rid of the mucous membrane of the uterus (womb), such bleeding is called lochia.
The use of postpartum pads is recommended for the first few days after birth. With a decrease in bleeding intensity, regular daily sanitary pads will provide adequate protection.
You may have noticed that the discharge during the cycle can change and become stronger, for example, during ovulation. This is completely normal! CAREFREE® panty liners provide you with cleanliness and freshness throughout the day.
However, if you are worried about strong periods after childbirth, the discharge has acquired a bright red color or contain clots, you should contact your gynecologist.
The recovery period of menstruation after pregnancy depends largely on whether you are breastfeeding and with what intensity.
The fact is that during breastfeeding, a special hormone is produced in the woman’s body that prevents the appearance of new eggs, and the period does not start. When the feeding period ends, the female body becomes ready for a new pregnancy.
In some women, who gradually stop breastfeeding, the monthly cycle after childbirth is restored rather quickly, while in others, menstruation does not resume until they completely stop feeding.
The timeframes when menstruation begins after childbirth, and the general characteristics of the cycle depend on the overall hormonal balance and how the delivery went. If you are not breastfeeding, then most likely, your period will return after 6-8 weeks after pregnancy.
When menstruation begins after childbirth, you can confidently return to the use of tampons.
When menstruation goes after childbirth, you may find that the discharge has become more abundant and lasts a little longer.
Experts recommend not to worry about the weakening of muscle tone and reduce the sensitivity of the vagina after childbirth - within 6-8 weeks, its shape and size will return to normal. When menstruation comes after childbirth, it is important to find a suitable hygiene product.
When using your regular tampon during menstruation, you may no longer feel “right”. It's time to try o.b.®ProComfort ™ NIGHT, which will help ensure that you have the right protection during your menstruation.
Their soft, flexible protective wings of SilkTouch ™ adapt to the individual body structure, as well as increase the absorption surface, so they allow not to miss a single drop that other tampons could miss.
In order for the recovery processes to take place after the birth of the baby and the return of menstruation to be the most gentle and beneficial, it is recommended to ask your gynecologist when you can use tampons again.
After all, a specialist who knows the history of your pregnancy and childbirth, as well as having studied the characteristics of your body, can tell when the cycle is restored, menstruation returns and when it is better to start using tampons.
Regardless of the way in which a woman resolves childbirth, discharge begins. Over time, their intensity decreases as the endometrium is restored. Can I use tampons after childbirth? Immediately after the birth of a baby, lochia, which are distinguished by abundance, stand out. At this time, it is preferable to use absorbent diapers. Tampons after childbirth - a completely inappropriate option.
Two weeks later, when the intensity of lochia decreases, there are no contraindications to the use of tampons - in the event that the introduction of the tampon is not accompanied by unpleasant sensations. The main thing is not to forget to change them in a timely manner - every three hours.
To avoid postpartum complications, you should remember to observe simple hygiene requirements.
Hygiene after cesarean section
It is forbidden to use tampons while lochia stands out, since a wound remains at the place of separation of the placenta from the uterus wall. Completion of lohii means that it has dragged on and only then can tampons be used for hygiene.
Until then, the best option would be to use shims with a smooth texture surface, that is, without a mesh.
Internal hygiene supplies contribute to the development of harmful bacteria, which is highly undesirable until complete healing of damage to the uterus.
If the birth of the child was not difficult, and the course of the postpartum period is normal, then tampons are allowed to be used starting from the third week. It is important to take into account some recommendations that help to avoid many troubles.
- It is forbidden to leave a tampon at night, because the cervix has not yet closed, which increases the likelihood of infections penetrating the vagina.
- Hygienic means should be replaced after two hours, no matter how full it is.
- If there are internal seams, then the use of tampons should be postponed until the moment of full recovery, namely for a month and a half
It is extremely important to strictly adhere to the rules for the use of hygiene products, regardless of which preference is given - pads or tampons. Change of ownership must be regular and timely.
Hygiene after childbirth
The postpartum recovery period involves compliance with a number of rules, regarding not only the means used, but overall hygiene. In order not to harm health and speed up rehabilitation, it is necessary to do the following.
- Replace hygiene supplies at least once every two to three hours.
- Underwear is subject to daily replacement, the bra is changed every four days, bedding must be replaced once a week.
- Every two hours you need to wash the crotch with warm water.
- For water treatments, it is desirable to use baby soap.
- The seams in the crotch area (if any) must be washed under the shower, being careful not to touch them with your hands.
- If the doctor has not prescribed douching, then it is impossible to make a decision on the conduct of such procedures.
- After washing the perineum should be rinsed with an antiseptic, for example, a light manganese solution.
- When hemorrhoids toilet paper should be replaced by washing with warm water.
The choice of tampons
Regarding the preferred types of tampons should consult a doctor. After the baby is born, the body needs time for full recovery and for some women, it will be more comfortable to use smaller tampons and others, on the contrary, larger ones.
Therefore, many women in labor are used before the first real menstrual period, with which there will be no problems guaranteed. The main thing is to fulfill one condition - gaskets should be made from natural raw materials, have a breathable structure. All this is necessary to reduce the risk of bacteria multiplication.
The first time after childbirth, regardless of whether they were natural or resulted in a cesarean section, the woman separated out lochia, the color of which is determined by the intensity of the uterine recovery process. When the abundance of discharge decreases (after one or two weeks), you can begin to use tampons. In any case, there are no medical contraindications to this.
But only if the birth was without complications: tears or did not require a perineal incision. If there are no other restrictions on the use of tampons, for example, a woman may experience discomfort when administering a hygiene product when the baby is large.
In general, so that the use of tampons does not cause problems, does not harm health, you should wait 6-8 weeks from the moment of delivery.
To speed up the recovery of damage to the vagina, it is necessary to combine the treatment of impulses, cuts with proper hygienic procedures.
The main thing is not to forget to change the tampon once every three hours to avoid the development of harmful bacteria in the genitals.
Can I use tampons after childbirth
The birth of a baby greatly affects the health and well-being of women. After giving birth, all young moms need a recovery period lasting several weeks. All this time the woman has lochia - the discharge from the genital tract. At first they are quite abundant and contain a lot of blood and particles of fetal membranes. At the end of the selection become transparent and not rich.
During this period, young mommy have to use sanitary pads. Because many women are interested in, is it possible to replace them with tampons. Also popular is the question of whether tampons can be used during the first menstruation that will occur after childbirth.
Feminine hygiene in the postpartum period
Immediately after childbirth, all women begin abundant discharge from the genital tract. This leaves the uterus remnants of the fetal membranes, blood and pieces of mucous membranes. Gradually, the body is reduced in size, returning to the initial size.
In the process of such metamorphosis, extra fluid is secreted from the uterus. Therefore, the further, the more light and not rich the discharge becomes. In healthy women, after normal delivery or cesarean, this occurs approximately in two weeks.
In the afterbirth period it is very important to wash the genitals often after using the toilet. This can be done with the help of ordinary boiled water or a decoction of pharmaceutical herbs. You also need to frequently change the gaskets, even if they are not filled. Neglect of the rules of hygiene can lead to the reproduction of germs and the development of inflammation.
Is it possible to use tampons immediately after delivery
Most gynecologists to this question give a specific answer - no. The fact is that right after birth it will not work. Firstly, the discharge is very abundant, and the vagina is still enlarged. Therefore, most likely, the tampon will simply fall out, filled with blood. Secondly, it is rare for someone to have a baby without cracks or tears in the perineum, and the insertion of a tampon will be very painful.
If the birth was without complications and tears, and the body of the woman is quickly restored, then after two or three weeks the volume of discharge will significantly decrease, and the woman's well-being will improve.
At this step, at the theoretical level, you can begin the introduction of tampons. But remember - it is not safe. A tampon soaked in bloody secretions is a good breeding ground for germs, and the uterus is still ajar at this time.
Therefore, the introduction of such hygiene products can provoke endometritis.
To minimize the danger you need to do the usual rules of precaution:
- Swabs change every two to three hours, regardless of their degree of fullness.
- At night use only gaskets.
- Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before changing the tampon.
If the maintenance of a tampon caused pain or discomfort, it should be immediately removed and the body should be given more time to recover.
After childbirth, it is better not to experiment with hygiene products and use the same brand as before. If there is a temperature or pain in the back or lower back, tampons can not be used.
In this situation, it is better to turn to a medical professional and carefully tell about your complaints. Perhaps the body is sluggish inflammatory process.
The rules of personal hygiene after cesarean section do not differ from those after vaginal delivery. Discharge after a CS is usually more scarce and most likely stops. Because the introduction of tampons can start earlier. But in any case, you need to focus on your health and health.
Is it possible to use tampons after the restoration of the menstrual cycle
The question of when permanent menstruation will resume after childbirth and whether it is then allowed to use tampons is troubling to many young mothers. No one will be able to give a concrete answer to the first question. The menstrual cycle resumes when hormones return to normal. It depends on many reasons, for example, on how pregnancy and childbirth took place, and whether a woman is breastfeeding.
When the body is restored and come ordinary menstruation, you can use the same hygiene products as before pregnancy. Use of tampons and all other comfortable devices, for example, menstrual bowls is allowed. The main thing is to change them in time and look after the hygiene of the genitals.
Tampons and gaskets: frequently asked questions
Tampons and gaskets: frequently asked questions
How long have hygiene products like tampons and pads appeared?
In Europe and the United States, these funds appeared about 70 years ago. But if we turn to the ancient history, we will understand that analogues of modern tampons and pads have always existed.
Egyptian women used soft papyrus during menstruation. It was folded and inserted into the vagina. Romans for this purpose made rolls of wool, greased them with fat so that they are better introduced.
On the African continent, the soft parts of young bamboo were popular. Representatives of the northern peoples also used handy material: moss, reindeer moss, served as spacers. The ancient Slavs have not found tampons.
Они делали прокладки из материи и привязывали эти “сооружения” к поясу – нижнего белья в то время не существовало. Зато длинные свободные юбки скрывали неэстетичное зрелище.
Исследователи сделали вывод: в странах, где женщина вела активный образ жизни – имела обыкновение скакать на лошади, например, — использовались тампоны. Where the ladies were more sedate, - pads.
Who invented the modern tampon?
The first modern vaginal tampon was created by the American surgeon Eol Haaz. This was done at the insistent request of his wife in 1933. During the First World War, she was at the front, she herself experienced all the life in the field and, wanting to alleviate the plight of women, she suggested to her husband, Dr. Haas, to “design” and start producing tampons.
If you sum up all the menstrual days of a woman, you’ll have a total of 7 years! 7 years of her life she is doomed, feel uncomfortable, give up part of the usual things.
External pads that women used in these cases are inconvenient, they need to be changed often and difficult to destroy, they do not allow to move, play sports, swim, dance, irritate the skin in hot weather, the unpleasant smell that menstrual blood acquires when interacting with air also confuses a woman. Tampons are devoid of these shortcomings, since their invention all women have become freer.
Is it dangerous to use tampons?
Absolutely safe. If there is no skill, it is better to first use tampons with applicator. If you feel a little discomfort, it means that you just didn’t enter it deeply enough. In this case, the tampon should be replaced with a new one.
Use tampons only during menstruation. Absorbing menstrual blood, the tampon does not allow it to flow out, while it lengthens and expands, taking the form of the vagina and you do not feel its presence.
The tampon absorbs the menstrual flow until it is completely saturated, and then it begins to leak - to skip the discharge with all the unpleasant consequences.
Worrying about their daughters, mothers often ask: Can a tampon damage the hymen? No, it is rather elastic, and the hole in the hymen through which blood flows is wide enough so that through it you can gently insert a tampon into the vagina.
How to enter a tampon?
In order to insert a tampon, you need to carefully understand and focus only for the first time. Then, when it becomes a habit, it will be very easy to use tampons.
Detailed instructions on how to properly insert a tampon can be found in the instructions in each package. It must be removed at the same angle from which it was inserted by pulling on the lanyard.
The lanyard is very durable and cannot be torn, as it can withstand loads up to 5 kg and is stitched along the entire length of the tampon.
Can a tampon “get lost” inside or fall out?
The tampon cannot fall out, the muscles of the vagina hold it firmly. Can not go inside, the opening of the cervix is too small for this.
How often do I need to change tampons?
It is necessary to change tampons every 4-6 hours or, depending on the profusion of menstruation, a little less - each determines it for himself. Do not change too often: staying dry, tampons stick to the walls of the vagina.
Can I use a swab at night?
Yes, provided that he will be in the vagina for no more than 8 hours. But it is more convenient to use gaskets at night.
How soon after childbirth can you start using tampons?
We advise after delivery to wait until two menstruation passes.
How to determine which tampons are needed?
The amount of menstrual flow in each woman on different days varies. In pharmacies, three types of tampons are sold: “normal” - for scanty and moderate, “super” - for moderate and abundant, “super plus” - for very abundant secretions.
Start with “normal”, if the tampon is soaked in less than 4 hours, then at the moment you need “super” or “super plus”.
Are tampons allowed to lie free on the beach and sunbathe during menstruation?
Of course, tampons facilitate stay on the beach, you can safely swim. But excessive tanning is harmful in itself, apart from any connection with menstruation.
Can the use of tampons cause toxic shock syndrome?
If this is a predisposition, then this syndrome may also occur when using gaskets. The fact is that the development of toxic shock syndrome provokes Staphylococcus aureus, antibodies to which almost any person can be found. The tampon itself does not impair the vaginal flora and does not cause allergic and inflammatory reactions.
What precautions must be taken when using gaskets?
If you use pads that contain a substance that converts the discharge into a gel, you should avoid any damage to them. This substance may cause severe irritation of the mucous membranes.
Please note: compared with tampons, the use of pads often causes the penetration of intestinal bacteria into the vagina. To avoid this, it is necessary to change the gasket after each bowel movement, and when using a swab, simply pull the cord to the side.
When can I use tampons after childbirth
In the modern world there are a huge number of personal care products, some of which are tampons.
But it turns out how to use tampons know not all the fair sex. Despite the fact that most women have already managed to appreciate all their advantages.
This is especially true of those representatives of the weaker sex who lead an active lifestyle.
Naturally, the question of how to use tampons is most relevant for novice “users” of this personal care product. And it’s good if we can ask mom or girlfriend for advice, or simply use the directions provided in the instructions attached to them.
It should be noted that tampons can be as different sizes, and with the presence or absence of the applicator. From a hygiene point of view, of course, tampons with an applicator win.
How to use tampons with and without an applicator, you can get the most detailed information in the instructions that are attached directly to each package. However, I would like to note that the presence of the applicator will help you correctly insert the tampon, without touching it.
Therefore, for girls who do not fully understand how to use tampons, we still recommend starting with tampons with an applicator.
Here are some other questions on this topic most often asked to the gynecologists of the fair sex.
When can you start using tampons?
Usually you can start using tampons a few years later, after the beginning of your period, when there is a need to hide your condition during an important event.
Can virgins use tampons, or is it forbidden?
There are no contraindications for the use of tampons by virgins. Therefore, girls can use tampons, just like "non-girls." A tampon can not affect the hymen.
How often can tampons be used?
Regarding the frequency of use of tampons, then, according to doctors, tampons should be used as little as possible. And best of all, if you change them at intervals of 4 hours.
Can I use tampons all the time?
Tampons can be used from the first days of menstruation. And if they periodically alternate with the use of pads, then this would be an ideal option during menstruation.
The next question immediately follows from this: is it possible to use tampons at night? The use of tampons at night is not contraindicated. The most important thing is that the tampon is not inside the body for more than eight hours. Therefore, before bedtime it is necessary to change the tampon, and in the morning to change it again.
How to use Chinese tampons?
In addition to our usual tampons, there are Chinese tampons. And these innovations cause a lot of interest and a huge number of questions.
One of which is: “How to use Chinese tampons?” Basically, these tampons are used for therapeutic and prophylactic purposes, being an absolutely reliable and safe means for uterus recovery and treatment of various types of diseases.
Although most doctors consider these tampons to be nothing more than a placebo, there are still no definite answers.
As for the method of application of these tampons, it is the same as that of ordinary. The only exception is that they can be in the vagina from several hours to several days.
Here is another important question Can I use tampons after childbirth?
During this period, or rather, the first six to eight weeks, the use of tampons is not recommended. This is due to the fact that it is during this period that lochia is released. And most importantly, the wound that formed at the place of attachment of the placenta is very sensitive to infection.
Therefore, it is necessary to stop using tampons until the wound is completely healed. And only after examining the gynecologist and his permission, you can begin to apply them.
And finally, I would like to say that you should not stop your eyes solely on well-advertised products. Very often behind this loud advertising and beautiful packaging, hides a very low-quality product.
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For many women, hygiene tampons are a convenient alternative to traditional sanitary pads.
Tampons provide dryness and comfort during menstruation, facilitate movement while swimming in the pool or intense sports, so that a woman in this sensitive time does not feel inferior.
Can you use a tampon? How to use it? How to insert a tampon? Are there rules for choosing and using tampons? From our article you will learn the answers to these and other important questions.
Tampons on guard for women's health
The use of tampons as a contraceptive was recorded as early as 1550 BC.
Greek and Hebrew inscriptions suggest that women used tampons during menstruation and to prevent unwanted pregnancies.
In ancient times, for the manufacture of tampons used wool, paper, vegetable fibers, porous materials, grass, and later cotton. But the first hygienic tampons of mass production appeared in the US not earlier than the thirties.
The choice of hygiene is reduced to the choice between traditional pads and tampons. This choice is purely individual and depends on lifestyle, intense menstrual flow and personal preferences.
Unlike the sanitary napkin or napkin, which has an adhesive bottom surface, which is attached to the panties, tampons are small oblong lumps of soft absorbent material that need to be inserted into the vagina.
The vaginal muscles hold the tampon in place, and it absorbs menstrual flow Discharge in women: when there is cause for concern. The intensity of absorption depends on the design and size of the tampon.
Recently, the tampon has become the most popular means of female menstrual hygiene. Different women appreciate its various advantages, but the biggest advantage of a tampon is that it allows us to continue favorite activities during this delicate period - to dance, swim, jog, etc.
In addition, many women swab inspires a sense of security, because invisible, even under the most fitting dress, pants or swimsuit. And some people appreciate tampons for not being afraid to “leak” all the time, as happens when using sanitary pads. Women's pads - let's talk about wings.
Hygienic tampons can be purchased online, in cosmetics stores, pharmacies, and even large supermarkets. Cotton swabs, cotton wool and area blend swabs, organic wool cotton swabs - these are swab options for materials.
The material of the tampon is pressed tightly into a cylindrical shape. If you are sensitive to chemicals, it is not recommended to buy flavored tampons - they can cause allergic reactions Allergic reactions: how to understand why you have a sore throat.
You can also choose a tampon with an applicator that greatly facilitates the insertion of a tampon into the vagina, or a tampon without an applicator, which you need to drive with clean fingers.
In addition, tampons differ in the degree of absorption, which allows you to choose the appropriate option, depending on the intensity of menstrual flow.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates the production of tampons, requires that all companies that produce these products use a single system of standard tests aimed at measuring the level of absorption of tampons, and indicate this information on the packaging.
This helps buyers compare products from different manufacturers and make the right choice. For example, you can choose the packaging of tampons with small, medium or high absorption, as well as a set of tampons of varying degrees of absorption. Increased absorption tampons are most suitable for the first days of menstruation, when the discharge is abundant.
They are slightly thicker and denser than others, because they contain more absorbent material.
How to use tampons
On any pack of tampons, you can find information with detailed instructions on how to insert the tampon. Without opening the package, carefully read the instructions. Also pay attention to how to remove the tampon. Try to visualize the whole procedure consistently before proceeding with it in reality. If in doubt, refer to the instructions.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before opening the package.
- Remove the tampon.
- Completely relax!
- Due to the nervous tension the muscles tighten, which makes it difficult to insert a tampon.
- Sit comfortably or stand up to reach the vagina easily.
- Spread your legs slightly and bend your knees.
- Remove the wrap from the swab.
- Find the middle of the applicator and take it with your right or left hand.
- Position the applicator so that it is directed towards the vagina.
- Use your thumb and forefinger to grab the swab at the base / junction with the applicator.
- Insert the swab into the vagina so that the applicator hangs down.
- Open your vagina with your free hand.
- Push the swab inward.
- When the tampon takes its place, there will be a feeling of comfort.
- If this sensation does not appear, remove the tampon and repeat the whole procedure again using a new tampon.
- A small amount of vaginal lubrication will help the smooth and smooth tampon slip.
- Remove the applicator and dispose of it as directed on the package.
- Depending on the intensity of the menstrual flow, tampons should be changed every 4-6 hours.
- If necessary, tampons can be changed more often.
- Used tampons should be discarded following the manufacturer's instructions on the package.
- Wash your hands with soap and water after removing the tampon.
- Store unused tampons in a clean and dry place.
When do menstruation begin after childbirth? Immediately after giving birth, you will have a bright red blood discharge. What color combines red: be careful, a little more abundant than usual periods, although you should have only one sanitary pad for every four hours. If the bleeding is more abundant, tell the midwife or doctor about it. The bleeding will decrease over the next week, and the color of the discharge will change to pale red and then brownish red.
Excretions (also known as lochia) may then become yellowish white, and then they stop. You will feel a noticeable, but not unpleasant smell.
Bleeding should stop in about a week, but small amounts of blood can last about six weeks after giving birth, in all women differently.
They are not a cause for concern, but if you are worried, consult your doctor.
It is important that after childbirth you use sanitary pads, not tampons. Swabs prevent the outflow of blood and can cause the growth of bacteria, which can cause infection.
Be sure to change the gaskets every four hours (more often if necessary), since bacteria can accumulate rather quickly, especially in lochia.
Some women prefer to use thicker pads immediately after birth. Then you can switch to regular thin pads.
See your doctor if you notice any of the following:
- steady red discharge
- large blood clots
- sudden bright blood discharge,
- unpleasant smell from discharge,
- sluggish uterus.
Return of the month after childbirth
Approximately 80% of women who do not breastfeed, menstruation returns in about ten weeks. Breastfeeding can delay menstruation and ovulation for twenty or more weeks, but sometimes menstruation returns earlier, or much later than twenty weeks.
The body of each woman and her hormonal level are unique, so it is difficult to say when exactly the menstruation will return after birth. Некоторые женщины обнаруживают, что их месячные возвращаются на следующий же месяц после рождения ребенка. С другой стороны, у некоторых женщин менструация начинается позже, чем через год.
Бывает, что месячные после родов более обильные и/или нерегулярные. In some women, bleeding during the first menstruation after birth is so abundant that they have to use both tampons and gaskets. One of the safest and most natural ways to control the menstrual cycle is acupuncture, but you need to find a specialist who can help you with this.
It is important to note that ovulation and menstruation do not necessarily return together.
It may happen that you have monthly, but there is still no ovulation, or so that you have ovulation shortly before the first menstruation begins after birth.
In this case, you may not know that you have already started ovulation, and some women in such cases are surprised to find that they have become pregnant again.
When does ovulation return after birth?
The probability of ovulation in the first six weeks after birth is extremely small. When you come to an appointment with your obstetrician-gynecologist six weeks after giving birth, it is wise to discuss the start of using contraception if you plan to prevent pregnancy.
When a baby sucks your breast while nursing, signals are sent to the pituitary gland to produce prolactin. If you breastfeed often enough, the level of prolactin (unique for each woman) in the body is high enough, and this can suppress ovulation.
It is difficult to accurately determine when you will ovulate again. The longer you continue to breastfeed your baby and the less milk the baby receives (when, as he grows, he begins to receive complementary foods), the higher the chances of ovulation return. In some women, ovulation does not begin until they completely stop breastfeeding.
A good way to determine if you can ovulate during breastfeeding, or in general, is to study cervical mucus.
Of course, the study of mucus can be used as a way to avoid conception, as well as to make it come. You can also use other methods to determine ovulation, for example, try using a special test to determine ovulation or record your baseline temperature.
Breastfeeding can be a good method of contraception (with an accuracy of about 2%) if all of the following factors apply to you:
- your baby is exclusively breastfed Breastfeeding: important points
- your child is less than six months old
- if you have not had real menstruation after childbirth,
- if you breastfeed at least once every four to six hours,
- if you avoid using nipples or pacifiers.
Signs of Fertility Recovery After Childbirth
Determining that you can conceive again can be very difficult, but the signs that your fertility has recovered include the following:
- Increased sexual desire (during breastfeeding libido decreases).
- Increased secretion of cervical mucus. Immediately after the usual menstruation, you are least able to conceive, Conception - how life begins and you can see that there is very little discharge. The amount of mucus secreted varies with the stage of your menstrual cycle. The absence of discharge means the inability to conceive, sticky discharge also speaks about the inability to conceive, but the white mucous discharge speaks of fertility (do not confuse them with seminal fluid after sexual intercourse).
In what cases it is not recommended to use tampons
Can I use tampons: after cauterization of erosion, childbirth, with the IUD, and is it always harmful to use tampons? At what age can you start using tampons, are there any contraindications to the use of tampons - read the answers of specialists.
Tampons are used primarily for gynecological purposes for retaining menstrual blood. But they, like any other remedy, have contraindications for use, so it is necessary to clarify whether tampons can be used during certain diseases?
Some women, avoiding unwanted pregnancy, install the intrauterine device. There is an opinion that with such an action it is impossible to use tampons and give preference to gaskets. According to gynecologists, this is not the case, and tampons can be used to the full, without fear for health.
Doctors advise to refrain from using tampons in the first months after childbirth. This is due to the fact that it is necessary to restore the microflora of the intimate organs, besides the introduction can cause unnecessary inconvenience. Before you go back to the tampons, you must notify the doctor.
Cauterization of erosion of the uterus is a serious operation that needs a long period of rehabilitation. Since it is accompanied by inflammation, it is best to leave the use of tampons until full recovery. This action is due to the fact that the introduction of funds can cause infection, which will give additional complications.
The general opinion on the question of whether it is harmful to constantly use tampons looks negative, because it does not allow the skin to breathe. But experts have established that it can not harm the body of a woman. But it should be remembered that their capacity is noticeably less than gaskets, and they cannot be used during sleep.
At what age can you start using tampons
A tampon, unlike pads, very often causes fear in a girl, especially when it comes to adolescence. This is due primarily to the fact that they have a fear of its introduction, which can damage the hymen. Therefore, the question arises, can girls use tampons such as Kotex or Obi?
Yes, they can be used without age limit. Their use is possible from 12-14 years, in this period, according to statistics, in most cases the first menstruation appears.
In the pleve there is a special hole that serves to remove menstrual blood, and that is what should serve as the main place of dislocation of the tampon. It is very important that during menstruation it increases, allowing you to easily enter the device.
You should not choose large sizes, 1-2 drops are enough, which calmly fit into the hole.
Before you begin to introduce a tampon, you must thoroughly wash your hands and genitals, in order to avoid infection. Next, you will need to take a comfortable posture, for example, squatting or lying down.
After that, a tampon with a round end begins to be inserted into the vagina. The introduction takes place completely, until there is only a thread outside. In cases with an applicator, after insertion it is removed by pressing the other end.
When the tampon has been completely inserted, you need to wash your hands again.
A delicate question: whether to use tampons
The female body is designed so that once a month each of us has to use specific means of intimate hygiene for several days.
Thanks to technical progress, modern women have much more opportunities to comfortably transfer menstruation, their grandmothers.
The assortment is wide - not only a wide variety of pads are produced, but also vaginal tampons, which manufacturers position as very comfortable and completely harmless. Is it so? Let's try to clarify this issue.
Types and properties of tampons
Tampons vary in size and absorbency. The part that absorbs the excretion may be impregnated with an antiseptic or an extract of medicinal herbs. In addition, there are options equipped with applicators that help to introduce the device without touching it with hands.
The fact that tampons are very effective is indisputable. They are the most reliable means of protection against leakage, which is very convenient in cases when a woman leads an active lifestyle, goes in for sports or travels.
However, some doubt that this means of intimate hygiene is safe for women's health.
Here are the main misconceptions about the use of tampons, for an explanation of which women turn to specialists:
- "Vaginal tampons prevent the free flow of menstrual blood." This is not true. Each tampon can absorb a certain amount of fluid, but if the discharge is more abundant than those for which it is designed, then blood begins to flow around the tampon from the sides. No stagnation of menstrual blood occurs when using tampons.
- "A tampon can penetrate the uterine cavity." The lumen of the cervix is much smaller than the diameter of the tampon. “Losing” it inside the body is simply impossible,
- "The lanyard is able to break, making the extraction of the absorbent element difficult." The cord, as a rule, very firmly stitched along the entire length of the tampon. In order to avoid surprises, before inserting the device you should strongly pull the cord to check the reliability of fastening,
- "Vaginal tampons cannot be used for virgins." A very common misconception that has no real basis. The use of tampons does not violate the hymen. However, a girl who purchases hygiene products for the first time should consult with a specialist about the choice of the optimal size of the device.
- "The use of tampons after childbirth is dangerous." There is some truth in this statement. On the mucous membranes of the uterus and genital tract of yesterday's mother in labor usually remain wounds, which can easily get an infection. Therefore, the use of tampons at this point is not recommended. When the damage is healed and the cycle is restored, the woman should be examined by a gynecologist and begin to apply those hygiene products that he advises,
- "The use of tampons is incompatible with intrauterine contraceptives." Many women believe that a tampon can somehow “cling” to the intrauterine device. Experts say that if the Navy is installed correctly, this development is impossible,
- "The use of tampons threatens the development of toxic shock." In fact, this serious, but very rare complication is a consequence of infection with staphylococci. Directly with the use of intimate hygiene is not associated.
And yet the idea of the insecurity of tampons have some basis. It is impossible to deny the fact that a tampon, which has absorbed a large amount of menstrual flow, can be a suitable medium for the reproduction of pathogens. To avoid this, you need:
- Refrain from using tampons, the absorption capacity of which is higher than the intensity of menstruation,
- Do not hold the device in the vagina for more than 3-4 hours during the day and 8 hours at night,
- Alternate the use of tampons and pads. Tampons should be used only during the most abundant discharge or during physical activity,
- Regularly examined by a gynecologist for the detection of inflammatory diseases of the genital tract. Follow the doctor's advice on the use of intimate hygiene products.
Convenience considerations play an important role in the selection of tampons. In this sense, the requirements of women are very individual: almost everyone tries several varieties of such devices before choosing the best option for themselves.
Differences of one brand of tampons from another, consisting in the presence of the applicator and impregnation, of a different surface structure and even cost, in this case do not have special significance.
It is much more important to choose such a combination of tampons and pads (absorbent, nightly and daily) in order to always feel safe and not to experience discomfort.
Asked a question that the whole brain ate me)))
Listen, what I dug. Doctors do not recommend the first menstruation after childbirth to use tampons (well, you never know, some clots can go, etc. Ie it is necessary that the first time it all spontaneously follow without lingering). + It is not known how much everything has gone through there.
But I never found the information anywhere, after how much time can be used tampons. I came in 1.5 months. Now almost 3 months after childbirth - the second menstruation. I was stuffed with gaskets, but I’m afraid with tampons.
I’m unlikely to get to the doctor anytime soon, because I am sick and have no one to leave my child.
Body recovery and hygiene products
Discharges from the new mothers from the vagina in gynecology are called lochia. They are an indicator of the recovery of the female body, reducing and cleansing the uterus. The main organ of the reproductive system gradually returns to its original size and shape. The nature of the discharge depends on how quickly the recovery process takes place. If a woman is young, healthy, she has good genetics, then already 2 weeks after the physiological delivery or cesarean section, lochia becomes less abundant. Changes and their composition. In the third week after birth, as a rule, there is no longer a discharge of bloody clots, profuse bleeding. And if a woman before pregnancy always used hygienic tampons, then at this stage of recovery you can return to them again. But if her childbirth was complicated, for example, by episiotomy or perineal tears, then it is better to refrain from using them. Indeed, in this case, the very process of their introduction into the vagina can provoke pain and discomfort. This may be followed by pain in the abdomen.
To replace the sanitary napkins with tampons does not lead to undesirable consequences, several important rules must be taken into account. Here they are:
- It is forbidden to leave a tampon at night in the vagina. The taboo is due to the fact that the cervix is in an open state. This means that it is the entrance gate for infections. And the filled product is an ideal environment for reproduction and growth of pathogenic microorganisms.
- This hygiene product should be changed every two to three hours. Do it regardless of the degree of its fullness.
What determines the restoration of the menstrual cycle?
The main hormonal changes in the woman's mother's body occur in the first 5-6 weeks after delivery, it may take several months before the hormonal balance is fully restored, and the menstrual cycle returns to the previous regimen. When a woman gives birth to a child, the genital area becomes extremely sensitive, and bleeding immediately begins.
This is a normal state, so the body of the newly-made mommy begins to reject the remnants of the uterine mucosa, these bleedings are called lochia. Immediately after delivery, the woman is recommended to use special postpartum pads. When the intensity of discharge decreases, it is possible to switch to ordinary gaskets. Over time, the bleeding ends, and for some time a woman may have no discharge at all.
The recovery period of menstruation depends largely on 2 factors:
- breastfeeding newborn
- breast attachment frequency.
The whole thing is that when a woman gives birth and begins to breastfeed, a hormone is actively produced in her body, which in turn prevents the production of eggs. As a result, the monthly does not come. Therefore, the longer the mother feeds the baby after delivery, the greater the likelihood that the menstrual cycle can recover only in a few months. And when breastfeeding ends, the woman is ready for the next pregnancy. However, it happens differently for everyone: in some women, menstruation does not begin until she is breastfeeding, in others, even during breastfeeding, the menstrual cycle is quickly restored. The recovery time depends on the general hormonal background of the woman in labor and on the conditions under which the birth itself took place. If a woman quits feeding the baby immediately after giving birth, then most likely the periods will come in 6-8 weeks.
Pregnant women hygiene
As mentioned earlier, immediately after childbirth, lochia begin to stand out from the woman, their number, color indicates how intensively the process of regeneration is going on in the uterus. As soon as the bleeding becomes less plentiful, and usually this happens after one and a half to two weeks, from the point of view of medicine, mothers can use tampons. But this is on condition that the birth has passed without gusts or perineal incision, and there are no other contraindications to the use of tampons, for example, a woman may experience unpleasant sensations in the perineum for some time due to the birth of a large child.
For some mummies, the question immediately arises: how much can one tampon be used in time, how often should it be changed? Gynecologists recommend changing tampons when after delivery a little more time has passed, as often as possible, at least every 2-3 hours.
There are many microorganisms in the postpartum secretions, and so that the infection in the genitals does not develop, it is necessary to change the means of hygiene more often.
When a nursing mother comes in periods, there are times that tampons are no longer inserted into the vagina with ease. This is due to the fact that it varies with the loads after delivery. Часто женщины начинают пользоваться прокладками вместо тампонов. Также можно просто перейти на более меньший размер тампона.
Развеем мифы о тампонах
1. Тампонами запрещено пользоваться ежедневно, так как они блокируют выход выделений.
Blood, like any liquid, will always find a way out, therefore, there is no talk of blocking. However, a rare change of tampons can lead to the proliferation of germs in the genitals.
2. Tampons should not be used at night.
At night, tampons can be used, but it is better not to, as for proper hygiene it is necessary to replace the tampon every 3-4 hours, and at night it changes less frequently, which leads to the multiplication of microbes.
3. Tampons do not provide absolute protection against leakage.
No hygiene product will not provide complete protection against leakage of discharge, however, the correct introduction of a tampon into the vagina will reduce the risk of blood flow.
4. The lanyard will tear and the hygiene product will remain inside the vagina.
This cord is well fixed in the swab, so its tearing is almost impossible.
5. Virgins cannot use them.
There are several sizes of these hygiene products, virgins can choose their smallest size. However, it is worth remembering that the hymen of different girls has a different shape and can be located quite low, so the introduction of tampons can compromise its integrity.
6. Tampons must be alternated with gaskets.
Indeed, if you constantly use tampons only and do not alternate them with gaskets, you can harm your health.
Postpartum hygiene checklist
There are some simple rules of hygiene after childbirth, adhering to which women will easily overcome this period with ease and without harm to health:
- change hygiene every 2-3 hours
- give preference to free linen from natural fabrics,
- change underwear every day, bra - every 4 days, bed linen should be changed at least once a week,
- rinse with warm water every 2–3 hours from pubis to anus,
- the crotch after childbirth is best washed with baby soap,
- if there are seams in the perineum, it is advisable not to touch them with your hands, use a shower for washing,
- after washing, use a soft towel, gently blot the crotch,
- if you are not prescribed douching by a doctor, then it is better to refuse them,
- after washing it is necessary to rinse the crotch with an antiseptic solution, for example, with a weak solution of potassium permanganate,
- in the case of the appearance of hemorrhoids, it is better to abandon the use of toilet paper in favor of washing with warm water after each defecation act.
Now it is known how much time should pass after birth, so that tampons can be used without harm to health - at least 6–8 weeks. And for quick healing of impulses or incisions in the vagina, it is necessary to combine their treatment with proper hygiene. It must be remembered, in order to avoid the proliferation of various bacteria and microorganisms in the genital area you need to change the tampon every 3-4 hours.