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Period FAQs

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about periods.

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How Often Should I Change My Tampon?

Knowing how to use tampons correctly is extremely important when it comes to your period. Tampons should be changed every 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 for your heavier flow days.

Remember to change to a less absorbent tampon once your flow becomes lighter.

What Absorbency Tampon Should I Use??

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.

Flow Chart

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

Some women may use up to three different tampon absorbencies during their period. However, this is not true for everyone and you’ll have to work out your own period pattern.

Bare Essentials has the widest range of tampon and pad absorbencies in Hong Kong, all in one place. So even if you have a very heavy period, you will find a product that is right for you.

How Do I Use An Applicator Tampon??

If you’re unsure on how to use a tampon, we’re here to help. Watch the video below.

How to use an applicator tampon

How do I use a Non-Applicator Tampon??

If you’re unsure on how to use a tampon, we’re here to help. Watch the video below or follow our step-by-step guide for both applicator and non-applicator tampons.

How to use a non-applicator tampon

Will My Period Smell??

You might notice a slight odour when you’re on your period. Tampons can help with this because they’re worn inside your body. If you prefer to use pads, our Lil-Lets Freshlock Pads can help you feel fresh and clean for up to eight hours.

How Long Will My Period Last??

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.

What Products Should I Use For A Heavy Period??

You’ve got lots of options available. Right now we stock tampons in Regular, Super and Super Plus Extra (Compact Applicator only). Later in the year we’ll also stock Non-Applicator Ultra Tampons which are great for  extremely heavy periods.

We also have range of Freshlock and Super Soft pads in Long and Night sizes. Some women with heavy periods even choose to use our Maternity pads on a monthly basis for maximum protection

What Is Toxic Shock Syndrome??

Toxic Shock Syndrome, or TSS, is one of those conditions that many of us have heard of it, but not many of us know a lot about. We know it sounds scary and that it’s incredibly rare, but TSS is also a serious illness that can sometimes be fatal. The good news is there are many ways to prevent Toxic Shock Syndrome.

TSS is believed to be caused by a toxin-producing strain of the bacteria ‘Staphylococcus aureus’ and can occur in both men and women of any age as a result of burns, insect bites or surgery. With around half of all cases occurring in menstruating females, knowing about TSS is especially important for girls and women.

Toxic Shock Syndrome symptoms can develop very quickly and may seem like flu. Look out for a sudden high fever (usually over 39°C), dizziness, fainting, vomiting, diarrhoea, sunburn-like rashes, sore throat, or muscle ache.

Of course, all of these symptoms might not occur at the same time. If you’re experiencing some of them during your period and are feeling worried about TSS, remove your tampon and seek medical advice immediately.

Just so you know, we also provide information about TSS inside every packet of Lil-Lets tampons. We’re always updating this information too, so it’s important to read the leaflets regularly.

Fortunately, Toxic Shock Syndrome is treatable and most people recover fully.

How do I reduce the risk of TSS?
Follow these tips to reduce the chances of contracting menstrual Toxic Shock Syndrome:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly before and after inserting a tampon.
  • Change your tampon every four to eight hours (or more, if necessary).
  • Use the lowest absorbency tampon for your flow.
  • Switch to using a pad or liner every now and then during your period.
  • Never use two tampons at once.
  • Remember to remove your tampon at the end of your period.
  • At night, use a fresh tampon before bed and remove it as soon as you wake up.

For more info on Toxic Shock Syndrome, www.tssis.com

What are Lil-lets tampons made of??

Lil-Lets have been making tampons since 1954, using materials that have been extensively tested over time to ensure they are perfectly safe for use, so you can relax!

Non-applicator tampons
Lil-Lets non-applicator tampons are made from viscose (regenerated cellulose), with a thin cover made from polyethylene/polyester to enable easier insertion and removal. The cord is made from polyester cotton and the wrappers are made from cellophane. Exceptions to this are teens tampons and ultra absorbency tampons where the cord is 100% cotton and the wrappers are polypropylene. The cartons are recycled cardboard.

Applicator tampons

Lil-Lets produce both cardboard applicator tampons and compact applicator tampons. The materials used to make Lil-Lets applicator tampons have been rigorously tested to ensure they are completely safe for use.

Lil-Lets applicator tampons are made from viscose (regenerated cellulose), with a thin cover made from polyethylene/polyester to enable easier insertion. The cord is made from 100% cotton. The compact applicator tubes and their wrappers are polyethylene. The cardboard applicator tubes are cardboard and their wrappers are made of paper. The cartons are recycled cardboard.


What Are Lil-lets Pads And Liners Made Of??

Pads & Liners

Lil-Lets pads and liners generally have a top cover made from polypropylene, polyethylene or a mixture of these. The central absorbent core is made from cellulose fibres and may also contain super absorbent polymer. The backing sheet provides a leak proof barrier and is made from a polyethylene. The glue is latex free. Wrappers and bags are made from polyethylene. All our products are fragrance free.

Maternity Pads
Lil-Lets Maxi Maternity pads have been designed, and made, with mums in mind. These extra-long, thick, contoured pads feature wings and a wider back for great security and protection, when you need it most.
Maternity Pad Composition


Do Lil-lets Products Contain Chlorine Bleach??

Chlorine bleach and fluorescent brightening agents are not used in the making of Lil-Lets SmartFit™ tampons, Lil-Lets Pads or Lil-Lets Liners. Production of the absorbent materials that go into tampons, pads and liners involves purification with either elemental chlorine free or totally chlorine free processes ensuring they are hygienic and free from impurities.

Is It True That Tampons Contain A Toxic Amount Of Dioxin??

No, the absorbent materials in Lil-Lets SmartFit™ tampons have been made with a ‘totally chlorine-free’ bleaching process that does not cause dioxin production.


Will The Contraceptive Pill Affect My Periods??

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.


What Can I Do To Relieve Period Pain??

Although you may not feel like doing it at the time, stretching or gentle exercise can ease this discomfort. Healthy eating is also 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. As always, if you have any concerns, see your doctor.