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Tampon Sizes

July 20, 2015

The tampon sizes are based on their absorbency rating. The following sizes are used in the United States and the UK. But these measurements are also followed in other countries.

US Tampon Types and Sizes

In the United States, there are five sizes available. The first is the junior absorbency tampon, which comes with an absorbency rating of under 6 grams. The regular absorbency rating is between 6 to 9 grams.

A tampon with a super absorbency has a rating of 9 to 12 grams. The super plus has a rating of 12 to 15 grams. The highest rating is ultra absorbent. The ultra absorbent rating is from 15 to 18 grams.

The absorbency rating determines the amount of fluid that may be absorbed.

UK Tampon Sizes and Types

In the United Kingdom, the tampons are sold as light, regular and super. The super has two variants: the super plus and the super plus extra. The absorbency rating used in Great Britain is the same as that in the United States.

The Major Tampon Types Available in the US

There are many kinds available but the most common materials used are rayon, cotton or a mixture of the two. In the US, the most common are the cardboard, plastic, extendable and digital. The cardboard is the least expensive and simplest applicator.

The plastic applicator is more costly than the cardboard. However, this tampon size is favored by many women because it is easier to use and fits better.

There is also the extendable applicator. This variant is still new. In terms of size it is smaller than the regular tampon or applicator.

One of the benefits of using this tampon is it is discrete. To use, you just pull out the small tube. The digital tampon does not come with an applicator. This tampon is used by pushing it in manually.

Potential Risks

Many women find the tampon much easier to use than towels and napkins. But there are some females who find it uncomfortable. There is also research indicating that its usage may increase the risk of Toxic Shock syndrome (TSS). Studies show that the chances of acquiring are slim, though (1 to 100,000).

Safety Precautions

Nevertheless, to avoid potential problems, the following should be kept in mind. First, use the smallest tampon; that is, the tampon with the lowest absorbency you require. Second, you should change the tampon every 4 to 8 hours.

Third, the tampon must not be used overnight when you go to sleep. To avoid infection, the device must be kept in a clean location. The hands must be washed before and after handling the tampon.

If you experience irritation, try another variant. Finally, you should always follow the instructions for using it properly. Improper installation of tampons can cause problems too.

Given all these facts, it is crucial that you pay attention to the tampon size you use. Unless the right one is applied, you can suffer from irritation. But using the simple guidelines above, this problem can be avoided.

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