When your periods return to some sort of normality, you may want to get back to using tampons if that’s what you’re used to. It’s important to wait at least six weeks before using a tampon or menstrual cup, or you could be at risk of infection 
. At your postnatal check around six weeks after delivery, you can ask your healthcare provider if it’s ok for you to start using them again once your periods return.
If you have given birth vaginally you might find that you need a larger tampon. This is because your vaginal canal will be looser, at least for a few months, and you may struggle to keep a tampon firmly inside. It may feel strange that your body is different to what you remember, but this is very common, and is just because your body has done a great job to accommodate your growing baby. If this is the case, try the next size up from your usual one. Keep trying until you find the size and absorbency that works best for you, bearing in mind that you should ideally be changing your tampon roughly every four hours.
If you normally use the highest absorbency and find these won’t stay in, you may need to wait until your pelvic floor has strengthened sufficiently to start using tampons again. Ask your doctor about pelvic floor exercises to tighten up your vaginal muscles. Spending a few minutes while you’re waiting in a queue at the supermarket or while watching your favourite television show to exercise your pelvic floor can make all the difference in no time!
You might find you need some extra protection for a while when you start wearing tampons after giving birth. You may prefer to wear a towel
or panty liner
as well as a tampon to protect your clothing from any accidents. This might happen while you’re still working out what absorbency you need to match your cycle, but it’s all part of the pain and pleasure of life with periods.