TSS Information

Your Tampon Guide

  1. Select the lowest absorbency tampon needed to suit your flow.
  2. The first step before inserting a tampon is to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Repeat this step after you have inserted the tampon.
  3. The coloured ring on the tampon wrapper indicates the location of the tear strip - tear this open to unwrap the bottom half of the tampon, then unwind the tampon string.
  4. You can check the string is securely attached by tugging on the string.
  5. Now holding the bottom of the tampon, you can remove the remaining half of the wrapper.
  6. Before you insert the tampon, make sure you are in a comfortable position, take a deep breath and relax your muscles. Some people find a comfortable position is to stand with one leg propped up on the side of the toilet lid.
  7. Insert the tampon with your finger at an angle towards your lower back.
  8. If the tampon is inserted properly, you should not feel it.  If you can still feel the tampon, it may need to be inserted deeper or at a different direction.
  9. With the tampon now inserted and the withdrawal string hanging outside the vagina, you can leave it in for up to 4 hrs.
  10. Remember, you when you're finished wash your hands thoroughly!

How to change your tampon

  1. To withdraw your tampon, lightly tug on the string - if the tampon moves easily, it is ready to be removed. If it does not move, then there is no need to change. Tampons are easiest to remove when when they are fully saturated.
  2. Before you remove the tampon, take a deep breath and relax and then gently pull the tampon string. The tampon will slide out.
  3. Remember you must always remove your current tampon before inserting another one.
  4. When your period is over, remember to remove the last tampon.

Note: How often you need to change your tampon will depend on the heaviness of your flow but we recommend you change your tampon 3-6 times a day. Never leave a tampon in for more than 8 hours.

Note: If you cannot find the tampon string tampon it can usually be reached from a squatting position using your fingers.


How do I finding the right size tampon?

The heaviness of period varies from women to women, and may change from month to month. The Necesse tampons are available in size regular and super:

  • Our Regular Organic Tampons can absorb between 9 and 12 grams — they are suitable for medium flow
  • Our Super Organic Tampons can absorb between 12 and 15 grams — they are suitable for heavy flow
  1. Select the size that suits your individual flow and always choose the smallest size to lower your risk of developing TSS.
  2. If you need to change it more often than that, try a larger size tampon with a higher absorbency rating.
  3. If you experience discomfort when changing your tampon and the tampon still shows white after the recommended time, try a smaller tampon size.
  4. Never exceed 8 hours of use with a single tampon.
  5. Do not use tampons overnight.

Important Health Information:

  1. Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a rare but serious and potentially fatal medical condition.
  2. TSS is caused when toxin from the bacterium Staphylococcusaureus gets into your bloodstream.
  3. TSS can occur in men, women and children. However, it has been linked to super absorbent tampon use. Necesse tampons are 100% Organic, and are free from chemicals and pesticides. However TSS is still a risk that must be recognised and treated urgently.
  4. TSS is a medical emergency and should not be left untreated - seek urgent medical attention if you experience TSS symptoms.

TSS can be fatal and the symptoms of TSS must therefore be recognized and treated early. TSS symptoms can appear suddenly during or just after menstruation. The symptoms (which resemble flu-like symptoms) may include the following:

  • Fainting or dizziness
  • Highfever (higher than 38-39°C / 102°F) and chills
  • Weakness
  • Sunburn-like rash
  • Vomiting, diarrhea, or both
  • Headache, muscular pain, sore throat

Take precautions to prevent TSS by following the how to use guide above.

If you experience TSS symptoms, remove your tampon and seek urgent medical attention. Tell your doctor or medical professional that you are or have recently been menstruating and that you have been informed about TSS.

Note: If you have suffered from TSS, or have concerns about TSS, please consult your doctor or medical professional before resuming tampon use.