Meaning of tampon in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtampɒn/

Translate tampon into Spanish


  • 1A plug of soft material inserted into the vagina to absorb menstrual blood.

    ‘When you're ready to insert the tampon into your vagina, it might be easier to sit down rather than stand up.’
    • ‘High absorbency tampons left in the vagina for a long time have been associated with a dangerous illness called toxic shock syndrome.’
    • ‘Well, the idea of pushing a tampon into your vagina to soak up the flow seems totally gross at first.’
    • ‘It's easiest to insert a tampon when your flow is heaviest, like the first three days of your period, because you're more lubricated.’
    • ‘The impending Goods and Services Tax has Australian women riled: while exceptions to the tax will be made for necessities such as sunscreen, incontinence pads and condoms, tampons and menstrual pads will be taxed.’
    • ‘Because the muscles of the vagina can become tense when a girl is nervous, it can be difficult to insert a tampon at first.’
    • ‘The pain was so bad at first that inserting a tampon would make me cry from the pain.’
    • ‘Only two years prior I had to draw a diagram for her explaining how to insert a tampon!’
    • ‘Throw away personal items, such as tissues, menstrual pads, and tampons in a paper bag.’
    • ‘Because staphylococcus bacteria are often carried on dirty hands, it's important to wash your hands thoroughly before and after inserting a tampon.’
    • ‘Women who are having a pelvic scan may be asked to insert a tampon beforehand.’
    • ‘The synthetic materials used in tampons, such as rayon (bleached by chlorine), contain carcinogenic substances like dioxin, and have been known to cause toxic shock syndrome.’
    • ‘I was totally freaked out about it because I had never used a tampon before and didn't know how to insert it.’
    • ‘They aspire to provide other women with information about choices surrounding menstrual health, especially about alternatives to commercial pads and tampons.’
    • ‘There are more than just environmental reasons to switch from pads and tampons to using more sustainable and natural menstrual resources.’
    • ‘You can definitely swim when you're menstruating, as long as you're wearing a tampon.’
    • ‘But why, in a country with a public healthcare system free and accessible to all, do we still have to pay for tampons, towels or whatever menstrual product we choose to control our flow.’
    • ‘But, thankfully, you only need to deal with pads and tampons during the days you actually have blood flow.’
    • ‘I wasn't sure that I really wanted to know how these things work, but my box of applicator tampons came with a set of full-colour instructions on proper insertion, and I certainly found out.’
    • ‘Come and learn all the different options women have besides tampons and how to make your own reusable pads.’
  • 2Medicine
    A plug of material used to stop a wound or block an opening in the body and absorb blood or secretions.

    ‘After the nasal tampon has been inserted, wetting it with a small amount of topical vasoconstrictor may hasten effectiveness.’
    • ‘The procedure consists of inserting tampons of sterile gauze inside the nasal cavities of the patient, by using surgical forceps.’
    • ‘It is common use that medicated tampons may be applied to a specific body area.’
    • ‘The nasal tampon, drawing experience from the advantages of synthetic sponge is chemically pure (vinylic polymer), biocompatible, anallergic and non cytotoxic’

verbverb tampons, verb tamponing, verb tamponed

[with object]
  • Plug with a tampon.

    ‘A woman's fertility or lack thereof may be relevant in the bedroom, but it is in the bathroom that she is most keenly aware of it, whether tamponing herself or holding a pregnancy test in a ‘steady stream’ of pee.’
    • ‘The splinter could not be extracted, and the liver was tamponed and drained.’


Mid 19th century from French, nasalized variant of tapon ‘plug, stopper’, ultimately of Germanic origin and related to tap.