Safety First - soft tampons, IUDs and more
While soft tampons have many advantages for our wellbeing during menstruation they are not intended for contraceptive use. Now, some may think: "Why would I need contraception during my period? I won't be able to get pregnant during that time anyways, will I?
Contraception during your period
Yes, in fact you can get pregnant during your period. Sperm can survive inside the female body for up to five days. With an average menstrual cycle of 28 days and period lasting 5-7 days, this wouldn't constitute a problem since the ovulation would take place on day 14, that is more than 5 days after the end of your menstruation. However, people are neither average nor is menstruation. Most of us experience strong variation of such an "average" cycle. Studies have shown that the majority of people who menstruate have a cycle lasting somewhere between 25 and 35 days with 80% experiencing monthly deviations. With that in mind, relying on the idea of not getting pregnant during your period rather resembles a game of roulette.
Soft tampons and condoms
There is no way around taking care of reliable contraception, for example by the means of condoms. These have very important further function: the protection from sexually transmitted diseases. This functionality makes condoms superior to any other form of contraception and should particularly be your first choice whenever you are not too familiar with your partner, yet. The good news are: soft tampons can ideally be used together with condoms. No more excuses, everyone. Practice safe sex - no matter the time of your menstrual cycle!
Soft tampons and IUDs
By the way, we get asked regularly whether you can use soft tampons together with IUDs such as hormonal or copper coils. Some are worried they might pull out their IUD when removing their soft tampon. These worries are widely unnecessary. If your IUD is placed correctly, it is highly unlikely to come out together with a soft tampon. Yet, it always remains the possibility of a spontaneous loss of an IUD, especially during the first few weeks after insertion. This is why gyneacologists recommend to not use tampons or menstrual cups for the first 2 to 6 weeks. In fact, a Canadian study showed that the risk of loosing an IUD is roughly the same when using pads, tampons or cups. (Wiebe & Trouton, 2012). Of course, it is always essential to listen to your own body. In case you are still unsure, we recommend to individually discuss the matter with your gyneacologist.