Why Do I Leak Out Of My Tampon?
If "Why do I leak out of my tampon?" is a question you have, you may be dealing with really heavy menstrual cycles (also known as Menorrhagia) or you're using a tampon that is too small for your flow. Either way, it sucks to leak! There are a couple of reasons you're leaking: either you are using a tampon that isn't the right fit for your vagina and your period is leaking around it, or you are flowing fast enough that the tampon is getting full before you change it.
We'll help you find the right size tampon and put this mess to an end!
So how do you know if you have heavy bleeding? If you need to change your tampon or pad after less than 2 hours or you pass clots the size of a quarter or larger, that is heavy bleeding. If you have this type of bleeding, you should consult a doctor.
So what are the causes of heavy menstrual bleeding?
According to the CDC, there are three possible situations that will cause your tampon to leak: 1. Uterine-related problems * Growths or tumors of the uterus that are not cancer; these can be called uterine fibroids or polyps. Cancer of the uterus or cervix. * Certain types of birth control—for example, an intrauterine device (IUD). * Problems related to pregnancy, such as a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy, can cause abnormal bleeding. A miscarriage is when an unborn baby (also called a fetus) dies in the uterus. An ectopic pregnancy is when a baby starts to grow outside the womb (uterus), which is not safe.
- Hormone-related problems
- Other illnesses or disorders
- Bleeding-related disorders, such as von Willebrand disease (VWD) or platelet function disorder.
- Nonbleeding-related disorders such as liver, kidney, or thyroid disease; pelvic inflammatory disease; and cancer.
The Best Tampons For A Heavy Period
Now that we've covered the medical causes of why you're tampon is leaking, we can cover the best ways to solve for this situation. First off, you need to use the right tampon for your heavy flow. If you're in the middle of your period, you should consider using a super absorbency tampon along with a thin, yet absorbent liner.
Down below, we’ve listed below some of the best tampons for heavy periods.
1. Natracare Tampons, Super
If you’re looking for tampons that is organic and won't leak, these are one of the best brands to buy. They’re certified organic (and free from rayon and chlorine), and they’re over 99% biodegradable. They can deal with medium to heavy flow and can help you prevent leaks.
2. Playtex Gentle Glide 360, Super Absorbency
These tampons come with a patented cross-stitching design, which allows them to expand in all directions and provide you with the perfect fit for optimum protection and comfort.
3. Tampax Radiant Plastic, Super Plus
These tampons come with Tampax’s special LeakGuard Braid, which helps prevents leaks and provides you with excellent protection up to 8 hours.
4. Tampax Pearl, Super Absorbency
These tampons have a LeakGuard Skirt, which stops leaks before they happen and protects you up to 8 hours. They come with a rounded tip that makes insertion a breeze, along with an extendable applicator that can be easily pulled out. Unfortunately, these tampons seem to have a few issues.
Some customers point out that the plastic wrapping comes off the tampons easily, while others complain that the tampons don’t stay in place when they pull out the applicator.