Is it safe to reuse tampons?

What you need to know before using reusable tampons

If you are thinking of trying out reusable tampons...beware!  

Woman's hand holding a clean cotton tampon
Woman's hand holding a clean cotton tampon /iStock

Tampons are used by millions of people all over the world during their periods. 

They are inserted into a woman's vagina during menstruation and soak up the menstrual blood. They usually need to be changed every four to six hours after insertion. 

Tampons are made of absorbent cotton material. 

What's great about using tampons is that you can swim in them and they are not visible even when you are wearing tight clothes. 

They are also very small in size and can fit into tiny bags or even in small pockets. 

Another advantage of tampons is that they cannot be felt if you insert them properly. 

Are reusable tampons safe? 

There are currently reusable tampons on the market, but health officials have warned against such products. 

Reusable tampons can pose a health risk. 

"Reusable tampons may carry additional risks of infections such as yeast, fungal, and bacterial infections," states the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

“Bacteria love nice, warm, moist places where they can live,” she continues. “Especially when we’re talking about crocheted tampons, there’s so many nooks and crannies in something that’s crocheted, it’s just going to be impossible to keep clean. It’s almost kind of a ladder that bacteria can walk up or get trapped in," Ob/Gyn Erica Newlin, told Cleveland Clinic

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