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How to avoid tampon leaks

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How to avoid tampon leaks

Your tampon leaking is the last thing you want to deal with on your period. Chances are you (and lots of people around you) have had to face this a few times over their lifetime. However, tampon leaks don't have to be a recurring problem. With a few simple steps (and handy hack or two), you can significantly reduce chances of experiencing tampon leaks. In this blog, we’ll explore some practical tips and techniques on how to avoid tampons leaks.

Why do tampons leak when not full?

There’s a few reasons why tampons leak when they’re not full:

  1. You’re wearing the wrong absorbency for your flow.
  2. It’s been inserted incorrectly.
  3. You’re not wearing a tampon made from absorbent organic cotton. Lots of tampons on the market are made from synthetic materials that are unable to absorb much menstrual fluid.

How to avoid tampon leaks

Follow these quick & easy tips on how to avoid tampon leaks...

Choose the right absorbency

Selecting the tampon absorbency to suit your flow is crucial to prevent leaks. If your flow is light, using an absorbency that’s too high may lead to discomfort and on the other hand, using a too-low absorbency tampon during heavier days may result in leaks. 

Remember, always use the lowest absorbency to meet your needs. Most people use different absorbency levels throughout their period to suit that day’s flow, many find that they’re heavier at the start of their period. We’ve got a blog that covers getting to know your flow so you can make the best decision when it comes to choosing a suitable absorbency level.


Proper insertion technique

Inserting your tampon correctly is vital for both comfort and leak prevention. Inserting a tampon shouldn’t hurt and you also shouldn’t be able to feel it once it’s in. Read our blog that covers how to insert a tampon.


Consider an extra layer of protection

If you’re using the correct absorbency level and changing your tampon regularly, most people shouldn’t need to wear an extra layer of protection like a pad, liner or period pants, however this may help you to feel more secure.


Track your flow

Being aware of your flow patterns can help you anticipate heavier days and plan accordingly. By keeping track of your cycle by using a period tracker app or a journal, you can identify the days when you might need to change your tampon more frequently or use a higher absorbency for your needs. Plus, it’ll help you feel more confident and comfortable with this natural process.


Change tampons regularly

Tampons should be changed at least every 4-8 hours, but if you’re noticing leaks and you’re experiencing a particularly heavy period it’s worth changing more often. This will ensure you’re more protected from leaks and keep you feeling fresh. Remember: avoid leaving a tampon in for longer than the recommended time, this can increase the risk of leaks and potentially lead to toxic shock syndrome.

It’s no secret that tampon leaks are annoying, but by following our handy tips & hacks, you can significantly reduce the chances of experiencing them. Remember: choose the right absorbency for your flow, use proper insertion techniques, monitor your flow and change tampons regularly. And if you do have a leak, don’t despair. Period leaks are a fact of life and sometimes it just happens and it’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Luckily, our remüvie blood, bladdy & baby stain remover is here to get rid of any pesky stains on your pants, jeans or bed linen!

We hope this helped answer any questions on how to avoid tampon leaks. But if you have another Q - get in touch with us! Drop us a message at

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