Change is good. Change is natural. Change is a part of life.

Even Taylor Swift wrote a song about change.

Fine, it’s possible she’s not singing about changing your tampon, but someone really should. Without being able to see what’s going on or feel what’s happening, it can be hard to know exactly when you need to change it.

So here are some guidelines to help you learn the ropes (or strings).

How long are we going to be hanging out for?

Generally you should change your tampon every 4-8 hours. Even if you forget everything else in this article, remember the golden rule for tampons:


If you leave it in for any longer than that, you could put yourself at risk of developing Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), so always keep an eye on the time.

TL;DR? Here's the important stuff:
  • Never leave a tampon in for more than eight hours.Your tampon should be easy to remove. If it feels dry or ‘stuck’ it probably means it hasn’t been in for long enough or you need a lower absorbency.If you go to the loo and find that the tampon string is wet with menstrual fluid, you’re definitely ready for a change. If this happens a lot, try a higher absorbency tampon

Your tampon should be easy to remove. If it feels dry or ‘stuck’ it probably means it hasn’t been in for long enough and you can wait a bit longer before removing it. If you find that you’ve had it in for eight hours and this is still happening, you might want to try a lower absorbency tampon – particularly towards the end of your period when things tend to lighten up.

However, if you go to the loo and find that the tampon string is wet with delightful menstrual fluid, you’re definitely ready for a change. If you find that this keeps happening after only having your tampon in for a few hours, you might want to try a higher absorbency tampon.

Um… why am I leaking?

There are a few reasons you might still be experiencing leakage, even with a tampon in. Your tampon may have absorbed as much fluid as it can and is unable to carry any more menstrual blood. If this is happening frequently, you might want to try a more absorbent tampon.

Another option is that you haven’t inserted your tampon quite right. The technique can be tricky to get right when you first start using tampons (and on the odd occasion later in life too, tbh) – but don’t worry, you’ll be a pro in no time. Generally, if a tampon is inserted correctly, you shouldn’t be able to feel it. If you feel any discomfort, it’s possible the angles are a bit wrong, so pull it out gently and insert a new tampon. Voila!

Everyone’s vagina is a different size and shape, so it’s possible that tampons won’t be able to absorb 100% of your period. If this is the case, you might want to wear a pantyliner as well, in order to save your knickers from pesky stains.

Basically, there is one golden rule when it comes to tampons. Repeat after us:


It’s like T.Swift says:

(At least three times).

They’re great once a month, but also great for this time of year! Using lace, glue feathers and glitter you can turn your tampons into beautiful tree decorations. We used a hot glue gun, but you can use PVA glue instead. If you’re using a hot glue gun, make sure you get help from a parent or guardian!

First things first, this is a weird Friday. Half the country is mourning the end of half-term while the other half is celebrating the beginning of theirs. But wherever you are in this half-term limbo, you deserve distractions – so here’s a round-up of all the things we’ve been reading, watching and doing this week…

Simone Biles continues to be awesome

It’s been a pretty awesome year for Simone Biles. She won four gold medals and one bronze medal in the Olympics and became everyone’s imaginary BFF. She met the cast of Pretty Little Liars. She met Zac Efron. And now, she can add ‘star of a music video’ to her CV with this cameo in Jake Miller’s Overnight. We’ve got it on repeat.

Covergirl announces its first ever male spokesmodel

James Charles made history this week when the 17-year-old was announced as the face of Covergirl’s latest mascara, ‘So Lashy!’ The brand’s first ever male spokesmodel, James found viral fame earlier this year when he defied the laws of the universe by looking spectacular in his school photo. Not fair.

Psst… Cover Girl, if you’re looking to find a male model in the UK, can we suggest Bake Off’s latest bootee? “Selasi in So Lashy!” has such a great ring to it.

Zoella’s New Book Club Picks 

Zoella announced her second round of bookclub picks this week, and there are some pretty awesome choices on there. Our favourites are ‘Finding Audrey,’ by Sophie Kinsella and ‘I Was Here’ by Gayle Forman. You can buy the books here (or make a beeline for your local library), and let us know which is your favourite on Twitter at @bettycollective.

LGBT students face discrimination and bullying in high school 

new report from the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) has been released that reveals that students in middle and high school in the US still experience more bullying and are more likely to skip school or drop out than their straight, cisgender peers.  There have been huge advancements made in the LGBT community in the last decade, but it seems there is still a lot of work left to do. Let’s look out for each other, shall we?

The tampon tax is seriously sketchy

The tampon tax is based on the ridiculous premise that tampons are a ‘luxury item,’ like they’re designed by Gucci or diamond encrusted. Why Hide It released this illustration explaining which countries still have tampon taxes. The premise is pretty simple; the bloodier the tampon, the bigger the tax. South Africans fare the worst, with over a 50% tax while the UK is the towards the end of the list with a 5% tax. But no matter what the tax rate, we say it’s bloody ridiculous.


Hijabs for all skintones

A 22-year-old designer and blogger from Birmingham, Habiba Da Silva, has launched a hijab fashion line, ‘Skin,’ that aims to provide ‘nude’ scarves for women and men of all races. Da Silva says she wanted to break the norm of companies catering to Muslim women but only using light-skin models. The hijabs are £20 online – but the idea has been so popular that they’re currently out of stock.


Nintendo Switch is coming!

This week, Nintendo announced their new console. It’s called Nintendo Switch, and it puts the best bits of the Nintendo DS (being able to take it with you wherever you go) with the best bits of the Wii (being able to take up the whole living room in order to play on a beautiful big screen, and being able to play with your friends).

The trailer showed people playing Mario Kart, a new Zelda game, Splatoon, a basketball game and what looks like an entirely new Super Mario game! It’s set to launch in March 2017, so there’s only four months to go before the entire betty team spends a solid fortnight playing Mario Kart rather than writing.

The Rory Gilmore reading challenge 

Everyone at betty is obsessively binge-watching the Gilmore Girls in preparation for the release of the four NEW episodes on November 25th (yes, it’s engraved in our diaries) – so we raced through this awesome quiz that compiles all the books Rory reads over the course of the series and lets you tick off the ones you’ve read too. Out of the betty team Lauren had read the most, with a whopping 54 of the books! Maybe we should be closing our Netflix and opening up some Dickens…

Happy weekend – enjoy the start/end of your half term!