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Are Dittie Products as safe and reliable as other trusted brands like Tampax and Playtex?

Absolutely! All Dittie products are completely reliable and trustworthy—not to mention stylish and fun. Our tampons, pads and pantiliners are all manufactured by the world's leading private label feminine care suppliers, so you know you're getting the best. We use the highest quality, most absorbent cotton construction, ensuring that you can wear your Ditties with confidence and style.

What's the deal with wearing tampons to bed at night? Is it safe?

Here's the story—it's completely safe to wear a tampon overnight, as long as you change it within 8 hours. If you snooze for longer than 8, you should set your alarm to get up and change the tampon or just stick with pads. Keep in mind that you should always aim to use the lowest absorbency possible to avoid TSS, only upgrading to super absorbency if your flow is very heavy.

How often should I change my tampon so I don't ruin my fabulous new panties?

You should change your tampon every 4 to 8 hours, for leakage prevention and safety. The best way to figure out your own personal schedule is to experiment. If you change your tampon after 4 hours and it's saturated, you may want to use a tampon with more absorbency or change it a bit sooner. On the other hand, if after 4 hours it's relatively dry, use a tampon with less absorbency, or wait a little longer before changing it. Keep in mind that changing your tampon more often than needed can result in irritation, so try to find an absorbency level that goes with your flow.

Can a tampon get lost inside my body?

No way, no how. The opening at the end of the vagina, the cervix, is way too small to allow a tampon to pass through.

What if I forget to remove a tampon?

If you accidentally leave a tampon in, you may experience localized inflammation, discolored vaginal discharge and a not-so-nice odor. Remember, a tampon should never be left in your vagina for more than 8 hours, so you'll want to remove it right away. Squat down and insert your thumb and forefinger into your vagina, sweep your fingers back and forth until you feel the cord or tampon, then grab it and pull it out. If you can't get it yourself or aren't sure if it's even in there, see a doctor pronto. And even if you do remove it successfully, see your doc just to be sure everything is back to normal.

What if the withdrawal string breaks?

That almost never happens, but if it does, you'll want to remove the tampon right away. Squat down and insert your thumb and forefinger into your vagina, sweep your fingers back and forth until you feel the tampon, then grab it and pull it out. If you can't get it yourself, see your doc right away.

Can a tampon fall out?

Only if it's not inserted properly. A tampon is designed to work with your body, so that when it's inserted right, the muscles around the entrance to your vagina will hold it in place.

Do tampons hurt?

When a tampon is inserted properly, you shouldn't feel a thing. Dittie tampons have a pearlized plastic applicator that makes insertion smooth and easy. If you've never used tampons, just follow the instructions in our package insert and you'll be a pro in no time.

Can I go to the bathroom with a tampon in?

Absolutely. There is no need to remove a tampon prior to urinating or having a bowel movement.

Can I take a bath or shower with a tampon in?

Not a problem. Though you can usually get away without using one while you shower or bathe, unless you're flowing very heavily.

Can I swim during my period?

Dive in! Tampons allow you to enjoy pool parties, swim meets and other water-related activities in style.

Are tampons safe? What's up with TSS?

Tampons are considered medical devices by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), so their safety and effectiveness is regulated by this government agency. In very rare cases, tampons are associated with Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), a potentially fatal disease caused by a bacterial toxin. In order to reduce your risk of TSS, you should choose the minimum absorbency needed to control your menstrual flow and make sure that you change your tampon every 4 to 8 hours. You can also reduce your risk of TSS by alternating your tampon use with pads.

To learn more about tampon safety, check out this FDA website article at: www.fda.gov/cdrh/consumer/tamponsabs.html.

Are the internet rumors true about tampons containing scary toxic chemicals?

No. Government organizations like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have strict requirements for the production of tampons to make sure they are free from any harmful materials.