Do you wash your hands before inserting a tampon? [Getty]
If you’ve been using tampons for a while now to help with your periods, you’ll think they’re pretty simple.
What’s not to understand? They’re a nifty little device that allows you to continue your day in peace, even when it’s your time of the month.
However, you’ll be shocked to learn the one huge mistake you’ve been making when using a tampon.
Do you wash your hands before inserting a tampon? Didn’t think so.
Experts reveal why washing your hands before using a tampon is so important [Getty]
A lot of women have admitted to not following the hygiene rule [Getty]
Physician Michael Ingber, MD, told HealthiNation: “Women should always have clean hands when inserting a tampon.
“They should wash with soap and water to minimize introduction of any harmful bacteria into the vagina.”
The physician advised women to carry a bottle of antibacterial liquid so they’re covered if there is not soap or water around.
And it appears more people are missing out this vital hygiene ritual than you’d think.
Washing your hands stops bacteria coming in contact with your vagina [Getty]
In a Reddit conversation, one user wrote: “Do you wash your hands each time before inserting a tampon?”
There were mixed responses, with many women admitting to not washing their hands.
One commented: “Nope. Though this question has me thinking I probably should,” while another added: “Well I mean if I’ve done something gross/dirty beforehand, yeah I will wash them, but if my hands haven’t been doing anything out of the ordinary, I never bother.”
One woman who has seen the affects it can cause commented: “Yeah, I do. Bacterial vaginosis is no fun at all.”