What Tampon Absorbency Should I Use?

Whether you’re new to tampons or you’ve been around the block with all sorts of brands and sizes, you might wonder, “What is the right tampon absorbency for me?” With each period being unique to the month, or even the day, the size of tampon you use can be called into question.


Let’s start off with the basics of the tampon absorbencies.

Light - This is the smallest size of tampon and absorbs the least amount. Most of the time it’s used for light periods, towards the beginning or end of a period or those just starting out with tampons.


Regular - Typically used for a medium flow. Regular is great for those period days that are not too light and not too heavy.


Super - Supers are good for those experiencing heavier flows or for overnight use. They are a bit larger so if you’re new to tampons you may want to begin with a smaller size and work your way up.


Super Plus - This is the largest tampon and will absorb the most amount of blood. It’s a solid option for women who have heavy to very heavy flows and for those that find they need to switch their tampons out a lot. 

“you want your tampon to be able to last from 4-8 hours safely as the FDA recommends.”

“The key to finding the right absorbency is what leaves you feeling the most comfortable and protected. ”

How do I know which one is right for me?

So the question is, “How do I know which one is right for me?” Well, you want your tampon to be able to last from 4-8 hours safely as the FDA recommends. If you are using a light or regular tampon and you have to switch it out frequently because it is fully saturated, you may want to consider upping your size and trying out a super or super plus. On the other hand, if you go to take your tampon out and there is still a lot of white space left, even after the 4-8 hours has passed, don’t be afraid to try a smaller size.


The key to finding the right absorbency is what leaves you feeling the most comfortable and protected. You might realize that with each day of your cycle your flow levels fluctuate and that’s perfectly normal. The best thing you can do is have a range of tampon absorbencies available to you so you can keep up on it and make sure that you feel good.


What happens if a tampon's absorbency is not enough?

What happens if a tampon's absorbency is not enough? There is a chance that you could leak through your tampon if you aren’t switching it out in the right amount of time. To avoid this, keep checking in with your body to see if it’s time to change out your tampon. If you find it very full when you pull it out, up your absorbency level and that should help.


What happens if I use a tampon that has too much absorbency? Sometimes if you use a tampon that is bigger and your flow is slower and the tampon remains mostly dry, it can be uncomfortable to take out. It can also cause some discomfort if you are changing your tampon out every hour or so when you aren’t filling it up. Always be aware of your flow and how often you change out your tampon to avoid these mistakes.


If you ever feel that your tampon is causing discomfort, take it out! Assess whether or not you have inserted it correctly and if your flow is matching up to the absorbency you are using. Listen to your body and try out different sizes until you’re happy with it.


“If you find it very full when you pull it out, up your absorbency level and that should help.”

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