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Question :

Can I use a tampon if my period is almost over?

Tampons can be worn any time during your period, but chosing the right absorbency for your flow is key.

PEER ANSWER

You can use tampons from the beginning to the end of your period, even if that means you’re using a tampon a minute before your period actually ends. Though, I wouldn’t imagine there’s a way we can time the exact second, or even minute, our period ends. But anyway, the gist of it is that it’s definitely okay to use a tampon even if you’re coming to the end of your period. Same goes with pads.

MOM ANSWER

Good question! This is a personal choice. I just would be careful that the tampon you use is of a low absorbency. If I am at the end of my cycle and want to go swimming, that is what I choose. Let’s see from a medical standpoint what our healthcare expert Sandy thinks as well.

EXPERT ANSWER

That depends. Sometimes your flow could be heavy enough to safely use a light absorbency tampon until your final day. I would use the following logic as my decision-maker on whether it is safe to do this or not: if you remove your tampon after 4 hours and it does not feel dry, then your flow could be heavy enough at the end to justify wearing a tampon. However, if it is dry and feels uncomfortable removing, then I would opt for a thin pad or a panty liner for the final day or two of your period as a safer option. Remember, wearing the lightest absorbency flow tampon available helps prevent any issues from tampon use.

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