Guide to the use of internal absorbents

 Everything that will make you know about internal absorbent ...

With the arrival of summer, we often prefer to use internal swabs more commonly, instead of external absorbents. Yet their use remains limited to some situations, such as the beach or sport: a habit on which it may have burdened the halo of myths and doubts related to their use. There are many, in fact, the questions that are generally asked, a symptom of a disinformation that has nestled in common perceptions and that have been tackled very little and from which a certain degree of diffidence towards the swabs has descended.
How to insert them? How often to change them? Can the swab wander around my body?

To try to settle these questions, we asked Francesca, psychologist and expert in sex education, to tell us everything there is to know about internal absorbents, between practical suggestions and scientific responses to false myths rooted in our society.

"How they are made?"
The internal absorbents are cylindrical swabs and rounded tip, with a pendulum cord that must be maintained outside the vagina and which facilitates removal. Some types of internal absorbents are equipped with a special disposable applicator.
"Why use them?"
They can be used from the first day of the cycle. Discreet, because they are invisible, offer women the advantage of feeling more casual and safe even at the sea, during sport or with clear or adherent clothing. They prevent the feeling of humidity of the intimate parts and the discomfort of the characteristic menstrual smell.


"But if an abundant flow, which one do I choose?"
On the market there are various types of internal absorbents of different sizes to adapt to the type of flow, just read the package.


"How do you fit?"
If the first few times you will have any difficulties, do not be discouraged: it will be easier and easier And, in the end, it will seem completely natural, how to use external absorbents!
First wash your hands before and after insertion. It is recommended to take a comfortable position that allows you to relax the vaginal walls and the musculature of the pelvic floor. Above all, don't be in a hurry, take all the time you need. You can sit on the bidet, on the toilet or standing with your legs spread, as you believe best. It is important to insert the buffer leaving the cord out of the vagina to encourage removal. Some absorbents are equipped with an applicator to facilitate their insertion. Once inserted to the point indicated on the applicator, it goes gently, remove the applicator and you're done!
If he is well worn, his presence is not felt.


"How long can they keep it?"
It is important not to keep the absorbent for too long in the vagina as it could cause annoyance and infections. Therefore every 2/4 hours it is good to change it, even if the weather depends on the amount of flow. It is not recommended to keep the absorbent for more than 6/8 consecutive hours. There are those who use swabs even at night, however the advice is to alternate the use of internal absorbents with external ones. Furthermore, for an ecological choice do not throw the swab in the toilet (which could be clogged), but wrap it and throw it in the basket!


"If I use the internal absorbent, will I lose the virginity?"
Virginity is a cultural and social concept, not physiological. The loss of virginity is commonly associated with the breakdown of the. In reality, these are two distinct concepts. In fact, the hymen, is a more or less elastic membrane that partially covers the vaginal opening leaving the transition to menstrual blood free. It may have already broken or be so elastic that it never breaks.


Other questions...
There are no contraindications on the use of the buffer during the bathroom or shower, nor during evacuation (urethral meato and vaginal opening are two different holes).


N.B.: the absorbent it cannot be lost in the vagina, as it is a channel from 7 to 9 cm (unlike the intestine that tends to "suck" everything that is inserted).
N.B.: if the (highly unlikely) cord) should still remove the pad using the fingers or asking for the help of a doctor.

The correct use of the swabs will allow not to take any risk and to make the most of its advantages. However, it is always appropriate to consult a gynecologist in case of pain, inflammation already present or developed following the use of tampons, anatomical alterations or allergies to the components of the absorbent.

Francesca Engami

Introduction by Alice Carbonara



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