If You Use Tampons, You Need To Know These 10 Facts About Them

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If you are a female, then you are probably an avid tampon user or prefer pads. Either way, you know what a tampon is, what it is used for, and how it is inserted. As a fairly common feminine hygiene product, tampons are an essential part of any woman's bathroom cabinet. Even if you do not use them, I bet your friends or your roommate does. 

It is incredibly important to know what you are putting into your body and the effects it might have. I mean, a lot of tampon companies do not even include the ingredients of tampons on the box. Trust me, these ten facts are essential to your period knowledge.

No matter what the case, you need to know these facts about tampons. Some of the facts will have you ready to protest the Tampon tax. Others will leave you inspired, featuring the tampon-ic feats of badass women. These ten facts are definitely worth knowing. 

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Tampons Were Originally Made Out Of Wool

In Ancient Rome and Greece, the women got creative, making their own tampons so they would not ruin their clothes and bed sheets.

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Courtney Cox Was The First Person To Say Period In Reference To Menstruation On Television

It was for the first tampon commercial that aired in 1985, an advertisement for Tampax. 

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Toxic Shock Syndrome Is SUPER Rare

So quit being terrified of getting it. Only 3 of 100,000 tampon users get it.

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Tampons With Applicators Are Only Popular In North America

It is because we are more concerned with sanitation. In Europe, South America, and the rest of the world, digital tampons are more popular for environmental reasons.

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The Average Woman Will Use 16,000 Tampons In Her Lifetime

Now, that is a lot of tampons. Imagine how much money we would save if there was not a tampon tax?!

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In 1879, A Tampon Applicator Was Made Of Wood And A Glass Tube

Can you say, "ouch?"

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In 1983, Sally Ride Took Tampons Into Space With Her

Because she was a bad ass female astronaut! #womeninscience

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American Women Will Spend More Than $2 Billion On Feminine Products Every Year

Now, that is a lot of money. Sucks to be a woman sometimes, doesn't it?

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It Is Not Required That Tampon Companies List Ingredients On Their Boxes

In essence, you really have no idea what you are putting in your vagina.

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If You Have A Normal Flow, Change Your Tampon At Least Every Six Hours

The maximum number of hours you should ever leave your tampon in is eight. Minimum is four. 

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LANDON FUNK

Landon Funk is a writer based in Los Angeles. Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, she went to Princeton University, earning her degree in English and playing on their varsity golf team. She is the author of "No Place that Far: Splash Mountain's Plantation Preservation," and has written for The Tab, Mic.com, Women’s Golf, and more. She is the founder of Funky Feminist, an online blog and shop that empowers women and girls to push the limits, fight for what they believe in, and be unapologetically themselves. Funk is also a certified yoga instructor who specializes in power vinyasa and trauma yoga. Follow her on Twitter at @funkml.

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