Can You Sleep With a Tampon In? 7 Things You Need to Know


Tampons are convenient. They let you go swimming even when you’re on your period, and they’re more comfortable, too. But tampons are very different from pads, and you may have many questions about what you can and can’t do.

One of the first questions girls often ask: can you sleep with a tampon in?

Is It Okay to Sleep With a Tampon In?

Sleeping with a tampon bed

You enjoy not having to wear a thick, bulky pad during your period. But do you have to give up this comfort at night? Not necessarily.

Experts say it’s okay to wear a tampon while you sleep, BUT there are certain rules that you need to follow.

  1. Tampons need to be changed every 8 hours.
  2. Only wear tampons when you have a flow.
  3. Always use the lightest absorbency level for your flow.

7 Things You Need to Know About Tampons

1. Never Wear Your Tampon for Longer Than 8 Hours

Sleeping with tampon on bed

It cannot be stressed enough that you need to change your tampon every 8 hours. Wearing your tampon any longer than this can lead to TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome).

TSS is a rare but life-threatening condition caused by a bacterial infection. It’s typically caused by staph bacteria, but TSS can also be caused by strep bacteria.

If you do decide to wear your tampon while you sleep, set an alarm to make sure that you remove it before the 8-hour mark. As soon as you get up, remove your tampon and use a pad if you plan on going back to sleep.

2. Never Wear a Tampon If You’re Not on Your Period

What happens if you’re expecting your period, but you’re not bleeding yet? Can you wear a tampon, and if so, can you sleep with it in? No and no.

Never wear a tampon if you’re not bleeding. If you’re expecting your period, wear a pad instead.

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3. Always Choose the Lightest Absorbency Level for Your Flow

Whenever you wear a tampon, always choose the lightest possible absorbency level for your flow. If your flow is regular, never use a super-absorbent tampon. Instead, wear a regular flow tampon. If you don’t have a tampon to match your flow, wear a pad instead.

Tampons are available in multiple flow levels, including heavy, medium and light.

If you wear a tampon with a higher absorbency level than what you need, you put yourself at greater risk for infection. You’ll also make it painful to wear a tampon and to remove it.

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4. Always Wash Your Hands before Inserting or Removing a Tampon

It sounds like a no-brainer, but so many women fail to do it: washing your hands before you insert or remove a tampon.

Your hands carry a lot of bacteria, and that bacteria may make its way onto the tampon and up into your vagina, which could lead to an infection. Always use clean hands when inserting and removing tampons.

5. You Don’t Have to Change Your Tampon Every Time You Use the Bathroom

Insert tampon with finger

Once a tampon is properly inserted, it will stay in place until you remove it. You don’t have to worry about it popping out when using the bathroom. Many girls assume that you have to change your tampon each time you use the bathroom, but this isn’t true.

You do have to change your tampon if you’re using the bathroom and you’ve been wearing your tampon for 4-8 hours.

6. Avoid Wearing Tampons for a While after Giving Birth

Experts recommend avoiding wearing tampons for a few months after giving birth. This recommendation is given for two reasons:

  1. The vagina is sore and sensitive to pain after delivery.
  2. The body’s immune system is weaker after giving birth.

Because your immune system is weaker after you give birth, you put yourself at greater risk for an infection. Don’t worry – you don’t have to give up tampons forever.

7. Wear a Pantyliner If You’re Worried about Leaks

If you’re concerned about leaks, wear a pantyliner in addition to your tampon. Many women wear both, but once you get to know your cycle and flow, it’s typically not necessary to wear both. Many women choose to wear a pantyliner and a tampon at night because you’re more likely to leak at night. Just remember to remove the tampon after 8 hours.

Tampons are comfortable, easy to wear and let you live your life when you’re on your period. While you can certainly wear a tampon while you’re sleeping, it’s essential that you leave it in for no longer than 8 hours. Leaving it in for longer can lead to TSS. Aside from this one important rule, wearing a tampon is pretty straightforward and not as scary as it might seem.


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