Tampons sizes are based on their absorbency, or the amount of menstrual flow they will comfortably absorb. The United States Food and Drug Administration regulates the sizes used by tampon manufacturers, called ratings, to ensure that all brands at the same rating have the same absorption capacity. The FDA developed five ratings for tampons: light, regular, super, super plus and ultra.Continue Reading
Light absorbency tampons absorb 6 grams of blood or less, and are best suited for times when menstrual flow is the lightest. Generally this would be at the beginning or end of the cycle. Regular tampons absorb 6-9 grams. This is usually a high enough rating for most of the cycle. Super tampons hold 9-12 grams, for times when the menstrual flow is heavier than usual. Super plus tampons absorb 12-15 grams of blood, used for extra heavy bleeding. Ultra tampons absorb 15-18 grams; this is higher than most women need.
While tampons that absorb more than 18 grams are available, there is no FDA rating for them.
Tampons should never be worn for longer than eight hours at a time, due to the increased risk of toxic shock syndrome. Using the lowest rating possible helps reduce the risk.Learn more about Menstruation
A junior-sized tampon is the smallest size of tampon, explains the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. A tampon is a plug of absorbent material that is inserted into the vagina to absorb menstrual blood. Each type of tampon is named according to how much fluid it can absorb. With some brands of tampons, the smallest size of tampon is referred to as regular-sized or light-sized.Full Answer >
There is no such thing as a tampon for men. By definition, a tampon is a feminine product designed to help absorb menstrual blood, according to Dictionary.com. Men have no need for such a product, and as such, no tampon for men has ever been manufactured commercially.Full Answer >
A tampon can fall out if it is not inserted far enough into the vagina or if it is nearing its absorbency capacity. A properly inserted tampon that is changed regularly does not usually fall out because there are muscles at the vaginal opening that keep it in place.Full Answer >
To use a tampon correctly, insert the applicator tube of the tampon all the way into the vagina at a 45-degree angle until the fingers come into contact with the body. Push the applicator end all the way down, then pull the external applicator out of the vaginal canal, details the Center for Young Women's Health.Full Answer >