Here are the most common questions we get asked.

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Tampons should be worn for between 4-8 hours. If you need to change your tampon after less than 2 hours of use, consider switching up to a higher absorbency tampon on your heavier days. Remember to change to a lesser absorbent tampon once your flow becomes lighter.

This actually varies throughout your cycle, with the heaviest blood flow usually occurring at the start of your period. We suggest you change your tampon absorbency to match the heaviness of your flow to ensure you’re well protected throughout.


Here’s an example of what your period flow may look like.

As you can see, your period flow can differ from day to day and if you use tampons, you may need to use different sizes for each stage of your period.

Some women may use up to 3 different tampon absorbencies during their period.

But this is not true for everyone and you'll have to work out your own period pattern.

Lil-Lets have the widest range of tampon absorbencies in the UK so even if you have a very heavy period you will find a product that is right for you.

Yes you can. In rare instances, you can still get pregnant or catch a sexually transmitted disease.

You might notice a slight odour when you're on your period. Tampons can help with this because they're worn inside your body but if you prefer pads, Lil-Lets Drylock pads can help you feel fresh and clean for up to 8 hours.

How to insert applicator tampons

  • Wash your hands
  • Make sure the cord is hanging outside the inner tube
  • Pull the inner tube out until it stops at the bottom of the outer tube, when you should feel a click
  • Hold the applicator with your thumb and middle finger just below the ridge
  • Place the tip of the applicator into the vaginal opening and gently push the applicator towards your lower back
  • Continue to ease in the applicator until you’ve inserted it as far as the rim of the outer tube
  • Then using the finger between your thumb and middle finger, push the inner tube inside the outer tube until both rings meet
  • Gently pull out the applicator, leaving the cord hanging down and you’re all done
  • Once it's in place you shouldn't be able to feel it inside you, that's how you'll know it's in the right place
  • Now wash your hands again

How to insert non-applicator tampons

  • Wash your hands
  • Unwrap the tampon and pull the cord away from the base of the tampon, giving it a gentle tug to ensure its secure
  • Use your fingertips to guide the tampon into place, aim up and backwards towards the small of your back
  • You’ll know the tampon is in place when you can no longer feel it. If you still feel it, you may need to push it further into place
  • Sometimes a little cough helps relax the vaginal muscles and ensures the tampon fits into place

This can vary from 2 to 5 days and could be up to 10.

Have a look at our monthly cycle video for more information.

Some brands of contraceptive pills can reduce your flow or shorten the length of your period. Your doctor or nurse will discuss this with you during your consultation.

You've got lots of options available. Lil-Lets Ultra tampons have the highest absorbency in the UK and are great for extremely heavy periods. If you prefer to use an applicator tampon, our super plus extra applicator tampons are a really good choice too.

Although you may not feel like doing it at the time, stretching or gentle exercise will ease this discomfort and healthy eating are in fact well known to help relieve any period pain. Alternatively, treat yourself to a relaxing bath or cuddle up on the sofa with a hot water bottle.

If none of these help, your local pharmacy can give you guidance on suitable pain relief.