What Is a Digital Tampon?

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A digital tampon is a feminine product designed to absorb menstrual fluids. Unlike a more traditional type of tampon, a digital tampon does not contain an applicator. This type of tampon is inserted into the vaginal canal with a finger, leading to less waste material and allowing for a more discreet way of carrying feminine products when away from home. As is the case with other tampons, the lowest possible absorbency should be used in order to reduce the risks of developing complications such as toxic shock syndrome. Directions on the packaging should be followed, and any questions on the proper use of a digital tampon can be answered by a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional.

Tampons are designed to be inserted into the vaginal canal during menstruation in order to absorb the menstrual flow. The digital tampon is more compact than a tampon with an applicator and can be more easily transported without being detected by others. An additional benefit of this type of tampon is the fact that there are less waste materials, making this a better choice for those concerned with environmental issues.


Inserting a digital tampon is similar to the instructions given for those with an applicator. The user sits or stands in a comfortable position and gently inserts the tampon into the vaginal canal with a finger, pushing it up and back toward the lower back. When the tampon is in place, the user should tug gently on the string to ensure a proper and comfortable fit. Complete instructions are typically given on the tampon packaging and should be followed carefully.

The digital tampon should be changed every few hours, whether or not it is saturated with menstrual fluid. This helps to prevent complications such as infection or a potentially fatal medical condition known as toxic shock syndrome. Several tampon absorbencies are available, and the lowest absorbency needed should be used in order to prevent the chances of developing these complications.

Toxic shock syndrome is a rare but potentially life-threatening bacterial infection that may arise from tampon use. Symptoms may include low blood pressure, muscle pain, and headache. A rash that resembles a sunburn may appear, and the patient may experience confusion or develop seizures. If left untreated, damage to organs such as the heart, liver, or kidneys may develop. Any potential signs of toxic shock syndrome should be reported to a doctor right away for further medical evaluation.


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Post 3

@feruze-- I don't believe that applicator tampons are more hygienic than digital tampons. Yes, digital tampons are placed with fingers but hands have to be washed thoroughly before doing this anyway. So why would there be an increased risk of infection?

It's important to change tampons often. If you don't, you will get an infection regardless of what type you use.

I also agree that digital tampons are more environmentally friendly. I heard that tampon applicators are one of the most common plastic items found in waste yards around the world. Plastic never dissolves, it stays in the earth indefinitely. Why do we need it?

Post 2

@ankara-- But are digital tampons hygienic?

I've always felt that the applicator makes tampon use more hygienic because I'm not handling the tampon with my fingers before it goes in my body. Tampons already come with risk of infection, I don't want to increase that risk.

Post 1

I only use digital tampons. I tried tampons with an applicator once but couldn't use it properly. It's confusing! You have to insert the applicator and then push one part into the other and so forth. It's unnecessary, digital tampons are easier to use and much faster to put in place.

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