Whether you’re new to tampons or new to periods in general, using a tampon for the first time can seem kind of scary. It gets easier with practice, just like riding a bike- pinky swear. In this article, you’ll get some tips and tricks on how to insert a tampon in four easy steps.
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First, you’re going to need a tampon. There are two general types: those with applicators, and those without.
Types of Tampons
Applicators help facilitate tampon insertion while keeping your fingers from getting as much blood on them. They are generally made from plastic or cardboard.
The interior component of this type of tampon is the same as the entirety of tampons without applicators. They are both typically made of compressed cotton with strings attached to make removal easier and less messy.
Regardless of which type of tampon you prefer, inserting them involves preparing your body the same way.
As far as body position goes, some prefer to insert tampons while sitting on the toilet due to the angle, while others prefer standing. Figuring out what works best for you may involve some experimentation since all vaginas are unique.
Part your outer labia with two fingers- generally using your non-dominant hand for this part is easiest.
If your inner labia are also blocking your vagina, you can spread those, too. This is mostly a matter of preventing anything from pinching or pulling, which isn’t common per se, but mistakes have been made.
Position the tampon angled upwards and backward, pointing roughly towards your tailbone. This is a general recommendation because vaginas come in a variety of shapes and angles.
Start with aiming more or less towards your tailbone and adjust the angle as needed, following the natural trajectory of your vagina.
This is where the paths diverge depending upon whether or not your tampon has an applicator.
Tampons with Applicators
For tampons with applicators, you should secure the tampon with at least two fingers on the grip ridges of the applicator. Then gently, but firmly push the tampon into your vagina until the grippy part of the applicator meets the vaginal opening.
Be mindful of the string at this stage. While tampons cannot get lost in the body, the string can sometimes get caught in the applicator and make disengaging it difficult. Just holding the string between two fingers or pinching it to the tip of the applicator can keep it aside.
Next, push the plunger until the cotton portion of the tampon is fully inserted. The tampon has been fully inserted and detached from the applicator if it doesn’t budge when you release the string and gently remove the applicator.
Tampons without Applicators
Keeping the string secured, push the tampon gently, but firmly into your vagina. You should typically insert it about twice the length of the cotton portion itself.
Regardless of which type of tampon you choose, you should not feel any discomfort once the applicator has been removed.
It’s okay if you don’t nail this on the first try. For the most part, inserting tampons is one of those lived experience lessons where you learn from your successes and mistakes. However, if you can learn from others’ mistakes, you may find these troubleshooting tips for pain and placement helpful in figuring out where the process went awry.
How Far is Far Enough?
One of the most common mistakes new tampon users make is not inserting the tampon far enough. Remember, you can’t insert it so far that it gets lost inside your body. When in doubt, push it back further rather than erring on the side of stopping short.
Tampons that haven’t been inserted far enough back in the vaginal canal can press against the pubic bone. This pressure can cause slight pain in general that tends to be sharper or stronger when sitting down. That is because the tampon effectively gets wedged between your pubic bone and seat while you sit.
You can test out whether you inserted the tampon far enough by sitting down until your legs form a lap. If you feel discomfort in that position, you may want to insert the tampon further.
If you still experience discomfort after trying these tips and consulting trusted older women in your life, you may want to talk to your doctor about dyspareunia.
Dyspareunia is a common issue experienced by people with vaginas and refers to vaginal pain experienced before, during, or after sex. It can also cause pain when tampons are inserted.
The good news is that if you do experience dyspareunia, talking to a doctor about it can help improve your quality of everyday life- including the ability to use tampons.
Using tampons for the first time can involve a little bit of the scientific method since vaginas are each slightly different from the next. Try the tips you picked up today and listen to your body. Troubleshoot if anything feels uncomfortable and give it another go. You’ve got this!
how do i put in a tampon im a begginer and the instructions dont help at all what do i do
Putting in a tampon can be tricky to figure out at first , but it gets easier with practice. One thing that can help is making sure you’re clear on exactly where the tampon should go. There are two openings in the vulva (a woman’s external sex organs) — the urethra and the vagina. Menstrual fluid flows from the vagina (the lower of the two openings), so this is where a tampon should go. Check out our Female Body Diagrams to see where the vagina is located on the vulva.
Most tampons come with a plastic or cardboard applicator, which makes it easier to slide the tampon into your vagina. Push the tip of the tampon into your vagina, hold the tampon’s applicator with your thumb and middle finger, and push in the back of the applicator with your index finger. You’ll know the tampon is in correctly when you’ve slid the smaller piece of the applicator all the way into the larger one . O nce the tampon is in, you can throw the applicator away. Some tampons are available without an applicator – you can push these tampons into your vagina with your finger.
Putting a tampon in your vagina shouldn’t be painful, but it may hurt if you’re not relaxed. You might find it’s easier for your muscles to relax if you insert a tampon while lying down. You can also try using slender or “light” tampons . These are usually thinner than “regular” or “super” tampons, which could make them easier to insert when you’re a beginner. You might also prefer to use a tampon with a plastic applicator, rather than a cardboard one.
Y ou probably won’t feel the tampon once it’s correctly inserted. Changing tampons frequently is a good idea. You can leave a tampon in for about three or four hours, or until it’s full, whichever comes first. If it’s been less than three or four hours, you’ll know it’s time to remove a tampon if it slides out easily when you pull the string gently.
If you still find inserting a tampon to be difficult and painful, you can ask someone you trust – such as your mother, older sister, or a friend — to help you. Read more about periods and tampons here.
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How To Use a Tampon
Buy tampons. As you’ve probably already seen in the grocery store, tampons come in a variety of types and sizes. Here’s what’s easiest for your first time:
Buy tampons with applicators. Tampons come in two basic types: with applicators, or a plastic tube that will help you push the tampon up into the vagina. Having the help of an applicator will make life easier when you’re first learning, so choose a box that includes them. (In the U.S., o.b. is the primary brand that sells without applicators––most other brands have them.)
Pick the right absorbency. Absorbency is simply a measure of how much absorbent cotton is in the tampon, ranging from light to heavy. Most women use heavy absorbency tampons during the first day or two of their periods, when bleeding is heaviest, and transition to lighter ones toward the end. If you’re concerned about pain, though, hedge your bets by buying light absorbency tampons. You’ll have to change them more frequently, but they’ll be slimmer and more comfortable.
Hold the tampon correctly. At the midpoint of the tampon, where the smaller tube of the applicator meets the larger tube, hold it between your thumb and middle finger. Place your index finger on the end of the applicator where the string comes out.
Slowly insert the top, thicker half of the applicator into the vagina. Aim toward the small of your back, and push it up a few inches until your fingers are touching your flesh. Don’t worry about getting your hands dirty––menstrual blood is actually pretty clean, as far as bacteria goes, and you can always rinse off when you’re done.
Press the thinner half of the applicator upward with your index finger. You should feel the tampon move a few more inches up inside of you. Stop when the thin portion of the applicator meets the thick portion.
Pull out the applicator. Gently tug the applicator out of your vagina. Don’t worry––you won’t pull the tampon out with it if you’ve followed the instructions and inserted it fully. Once it’s out, wrap it in the tampon wrapper or a piece of toilet paper, and throw it in the trash.
Change out your tampon every 6 to 8 hours. You don’t have to do this immediately as soon as 6 hours has passed, but try not to let it go for longer than 8.
To take it out all you do is tug the string at the end of the tampon. You might feel some slight friction from the cotton fibers as the tampon comes out, but it shouldn’t be painful.
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You can watch in video by Law & Crime Network between the time stamp – 1:17:03 – 1:17:22. She said this while describing an infamous photo that was produced by her team to prove Depp’s struggles with substance abuse. However, Twitterati had a field day over Amber’s claim that clearly saw her throw Whitney under the bus!
The much-awaited cross-examination of American actress Amber Heard in the ongoing defamation trial against her ex-husband and Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp finally began on Monday, May 16. And the two hours of cross-examining by Depp’s lawyer, Camille Vasquez, saw the Aquaman actress on the backfoot. Especially with pieces of evidence or a serious lack of it. However, there was this one ‘foot in the mouth’ moment when Amber testified her sister (without taking Whitney Heard, her 34-year-old sibling’s name) taught Johnny Depp to snort cocaine using a tampon applicator. You can watch in video by Law & Crime Network between the time stamp – 1:17:03 – 1:17:22. She said this while describing an infamous photo that was produced by her team to prove Depp’s struggles with substance abuse. However, Twitterati had a field day over Amber’s claim that clearly saw her throw Whitney under the bus!
Cross-Examination of Amber Heard During Depp vs Heard Trial
And That’s How Twitterati Reacted:
The fact that Amber Heard testified that her sister taught Johnny Depp how to snort cocaine using a tampon applicator and it is not the most bizarre testimony thus far really says something
Not Amber Heard saying that her sister (she will really throw anyone under the bus!) taught Johnny Depp, an admitted avid cocaine user, how to snort cocaine…via a tampon applicator 🤡 #DeppHeardTrial #JusticeForJohnnyDepp pic.twitter.com/YbYQ5lKMPg
” my sister taught johnny Depp how to snort cocaine “
– Amber Heard, May 16th 2022
What is Amber Heard doing during this cross examination?! This is hilarious. Now she’s saying her sister taught Johnny Depp how to snort cocaine. 😳👀 pic.twitter.com/kTmKiAtkUK
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Tampons at a glance
- When a girl begins her period, she may use pads for the first several years until she becomes more familiar and comfortable inserting tampons.
- Tampons are pocket-sized cardboard or plastic applicators with an absorbent material that is inserted into the body to absorb menstrual blood.
- Once inside, tampons collect blood before it leaves the body and shouldn’t be felt, cause pain or discomfort.
- Tampons should be changed every four to six hours – never leave a tampon in for more than eight hours to avoid Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS).
What are tampons?
Tampons are used for menstrual flows to absorb the blood during the days of a period. Much like sanitary pads, they are a blend of rayon and cotton that collect any blood and fluid flowing out of the vagina. It’s important to note, tampons should only be used for blood and not vaginal discharge.
The tampon itself – absorbent material – sits inside the plastic or cardboard applicator at the tip near the open end. Tampons have an “outer” barrel – what holds the tampon – and an “inner,” thin tube used to push the tampon into the vagina. Once inserted, a cord extends out of the body for easy removal.
Tampons can also come without applicators and are inserted using the index finger. Young girls and teens generally find tampons with applicators easier to use when they begin their period.
Tampons come in various shapes and sizes with different levels of absorbency and are designed to hold from six to eight grams of blood. Depending on your flow, amounts of blood lost may vary and the tampon size you use will change.
Tampon sizes include:
- Lite (used for lighter periods either at the beginning or the end days of a period)
- Regular/Normal (generally used for heavier days)
- Super (Super and super plus are for the heaviest days of bleeding)
- Super Plus
How to insert a tampon
Inserting a tampon for the first time can be intimidating. Be sure to wash your hands and try to be as relaxed as possible, so as to make it easier to slide in.
- Sit on the toilet with your knees apart. Hold the tampon in one hand with the grip – middle of the tampon – in between your thumb and middle finger. Keep your index finger on the end of the thinner tube, where the cord extends.
- Using the tip of the tampon, open the folds of skin on your vagina and slide the entire barrel inside, angling towards your back. The tampon won’t go in smoothly and may be painful if inserted straight up and in.
- Insert it as far as your middle finger and thumb, at the grip – or middle – of the applicator.
- Once the barrel is comfortably inside, hold the grip and push with your index finger on the smaller tube to push the absorbent part of the tampon into the vagina. Push this until it meets the grip and your other fingers.
- Using your thumb and middle finger, pull out the barrel of the tampon, leaving the string to hang out. Do not pull the string! The tampon is inside and is attached to the string. You will use this to remove the tampon once it’s soaked through.
- Place the applicator back inside the plastic lining (or wrap in toilet paper) and dispose of it properly. Do not flush the plastic applicators.
If you can still feel the tampon, you can pull it out and try re-inserting a new one, pushing it up higher. If you think it may not be high enough, wash your hands and insert your finger to push it up further until you can’t feel it.
Removing a tampon
Change your tampon every four to six hours to avoid leakage and chance of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) – a potentially fatal bacterial infection.
When removing a tampon, sit over the toilet and carefully grab the string between two fingers, gently pulling out at the same angle you used to insert it. You may not be able to remove it if you are tense, so relax and pull slowly and steadily. Flush the used tampon when finished.
How do you know when to remove a tampon?
Tampons should be changed every four to six hours. It is important to change tampons often to avoid leakage and spotting.
Never leave a tampon in for more than eight hours to avoid Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). TSS is a very rare, but it’s important to be aware of signs and symptoms.
TSS is a form of bacterial infection that can be potentially fatal when using super-absorbency tampons or leaving them in for extended periods of time. Symptoms can develop quickly and include:
- High fever
- Low blood pressure
- Vomiting or diarrhea
Remove your tampon immediately and call your doctor if you experience signs and symptoms of TSS.
Why use tampons?
Tampons are small, pocket-sized and discreet for girls to carry before or during their periods. By controlling the blood before it leaves the vagina, tampons are often more comfortable than wearing pads on their underwear.
This makes them a preferred source for active girls or those uncomfortable wearing pads. Tampons are also convenient when swimming during your period.
Once you feel more comfortable with tampons, many women alternate between pads and tampons depending on their activities and flow of their period or wear tampons during the day and pads at night.
Managing your period, especially when you get it for the first time (in which case, congratulations!), can feel daunting. There are many different methods, brands, and varying advice for making that time of the month as painless as possible. Ultimately, you might need to experience some trial and error in figuring out what works best for your body.
While there are many ways women manage their periods, many choose tampons because of comfort and convenience. Most women don’t feel tampons once they are inside their bodies, which allows them to comfortably carry on working, moving around, and even exercising while menstruating. In order to live a comfortable and active live while on your period, it’s important to insert your tampon correctly and remember to change it frequently. Here, we’re sharing a few tampon tips as well as a 10-step process for inserting both applicator and applicator-free tampons.
WHAT SIZE TAMPON SHOULD I USE AND WHEN SHOULD I USE A TAMPON VS. PAD?
Tampons can feel intimidating to many girls or women experiencing their first period. Many may even start using pads, only choosing to switch to tampons when they feel restricted due to the size and bulkiness of some pads.
It’s smart to start with a smaller sized tampon (light or regular) while you experiment with what feels good in your body and how well it absorbs your blood flow. Many women may need a super or super plus tampon for heavier days, and then move on to regular or light tampons when their flow becomes lighter. If you’re just getting your period or starting to use tampons, you’ll want to experience different sizes to see what works best for you and your unique cycle.
Remember to always change your tampon every 4-8 hours no matter the size, and you’ll want to change it more frequently if you’re using a larger sized tampon. This is important to prevent Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). You can also reduce your risk of TSS and other infections by using organic tampons. If your flow is heavier, you’ll want to change it more frequently (if you start to see blood on the tampon string, that likely means the tampon itself is fully saturated with blood and you’ll want to change it immediately to avoid leaks). Some women may wear a pad (or a liner, for a lighter flow) in addition to a tampon when they go to sleep to avoid leaks, while others just wear pads so they don’t have to worry about changing the tampon in the middle of the night.
HOW TO INSERT A TAMPON WITH AN APPLICATOR
- Wash your hands with soap and water.
- Make sure the tampon is fully sealed and protected; if it’s become unwrapped, get a new tampon.
- Sitting on the toilet, remove the tampon from its plastic wrapper.
- Pull the inner tube of the applicator out until it comes to a natural stop and is roughly the same length as the outer tube (you will feel a slight click when the inner tube reaches the end of the outer tube). The tampon string should hang from the inner tube.
- Sitting or standing with your legs spread, use your non-dominant hand to spread the lips of your vagina.
- Using your dominant hand, hold the ridged part of the outer tube. Place the tip of the applicator at your vaginal opening and gently push it into your vagina until the ridged part is almost entirely inside of you.
- While holding the outer tube steadily, use your free finger to push the inner tube completely into the outer tube. The tampon is inserted when the inner tube is pushed completely into the outer tube and the ends of each tube are close together.
- Gently pull the fully compressed applicator tube out of your vagina. The tampon is now inserted and the string should be outside of your body.
- Stand up; if the tampon feels uncomfortable, use your pointer finger to try and push the tampon further inside your vagina. If you can’t feel anything and all you can see is the string, you’ve successfully inserted the tampon.
- Dispose of the tampon wrapper and wash your hands again with soap and water.
HOW TO INSERT AN APPLICATOR-FREE TAMPON
- Wash your hands with soap and water.
- Make sure the tampon is fully sealed and protected; if it’s become unwrapped, get a new tampon.
- Sitting on the toilet, remove the tampon from its plastic wrapper.
- Holding the tampon with one hand, pull the string from one end so it hangs down from the tampon.
- Sitting or standing with your legs spread, use your non-dominant hand to spread the lips of your vagina.
- Hold the tampon with your dominant hand, in between your middle and thumb fingers. Place your pointer finger at the base of the end of the tampon that has the string dangling down.
- While still spreading the lips of your vagina, push the tampon into your vagina, aiming toward your lower back.
- Use your pointer finger to slide the tampon into your vagina, stopping when most of your finger is inserted in your vagina and the string is the only part of the tampon you can see.
- Stand up; if the tampon feels uncomfortable, use your pointer finger to try and push the tampon further inside your vagina. If you can’t feel anything and all you can see is the string, you’ve successfully inserted the tampon.
- Dispose of the tampon wrapper and wash your hands again with soap and water.
Don’t feel discouraged if your first attempt isn’t successful. If, after several tries, you’re unsuccessful, try scheduling an appointment with your doctor and use pads in the meantime.
By the end of this How-To guide, you will learn the parts of a tampon, where it goes inside your body, and how to insert a tampon without an applicator.
See how it’s all fluffy in the center now? We’re going to use this fluffy groove to insert the tampon.
If you need more help, check out our guide: How to find your vaginal opening
Okay, now that you have the tip of the tampon in, you’re ready to move onto Step 4!
The upper two thirds of the vagina are less sensitive to touch and more sensitive to pressure. This is why many tampon instructions tell you to “insert the tampon until you can’t feel it anymore”. You need to push the tampon up until it’s in this area.
Don’t worry! Try these helpful tips!:
- Try a tampon with a veil over it. The veil will lessen the friction of a dry tampon and help it slide in easier.
- Wait until there is lots of period blood. The blood will help lubricate the tampon and make it easier to slide in.
- If you’re nervous, your muscles may tense up, making it harder for you to insert a tampon. Just keep on trying and eventually you will become more comfortable and relaxed.
- It may take a couple tries to get it in the first time and that’s completely okay. Take a break and try again in a couple hours.
- Make a mental note of the time. A tampon shouldn’t be worn for over 8 hours.
- Choose a tampon with the lowest absorbency needed for your flow.
- You can pee while wearing a tampon. Just lift the string up so it doesn’t get wet.
- Wear a pantiliner to help catch any leaks.
- A good indicator that you need to change your tampon is when you feel a bit wet down there or if you see your period leaking onto your panties or the string.
Remember, I can’t help you if you don’t say which part you’re having trouble with.
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Tampons can seem frightening – where are they supposed to go? The diagram in the tampon packet doesn’t look anything like your vagina in real life.
If you are using vaginal treatments that require a tampon to hold the treatment in your vagina but aren’t accustomed to using tampons, you may be wondering what to do.
No matter whether it’s a vaginal treatment or a period, here’s how to insert a tampon successfully.
Here’s how to put in a tampon quickly and easily, without pain or discomfort.
Step 1: Choose the right size and style tampon
Go to the supermarket or pharmacy and buy the smallest tampons (usually called ‘mini’ or ‘regular’) with or without applicators.
Applicators are a tube made of plastic or cardboard, and they slip inside your vagina to the right depth, and then you can just push up the bottom of the applicator and the tampon pops into you.
You can also use non-applicator tampons, which require a little more finesse – but a smaller amount of single-use plastics and waste.
Applicator tampons expand vertically, while non-applicator tampons expand horizontally. If you put a tampon into water, you’ll see what will happen inside your vagina.
If you are using treatments via tampons, either tampon style works, but you’ll need to figure out how to put a tampon in first. So, do some practice first with lots of lube so you understand the angle and process.
Step 2: Use a little lube to smooth the process
You can use some water-based non-toxic personal lubricant or a little coconut oil. You will likely need lubricant the first few times you try to put tampons in so you don’t have to battle with a dry vagina.
Trying to put a tampon in a dry vagina is hard work because cotton, dryness and not being able to see what you are doing aren’t good companions.
Step 3: Privacy for practice
First, wash and dry your hands. Do not apply any moisturiser. Find a room you can occupy for your experiments (bedroom, bathroom, toilet) so you can rest assured you have privacy.
Remove the tampon from its plastic wrapper. If you’re using an applicator tampon, do not remove the cotton tampon from its applicator, but inspect it to understand how it works. Try one out just in your hands (it’ll be a waste, but see how it works).
Step 4: Apply lube to the tube
Smooth a small amount of lubricant onto the full length of the applicator or tampon, keeping the end dry for grip.
Also, apply lubricant to the inside and outside of your vulva and vagina using your fingers. You want it all to be a little slippery, but not apply so much lube that it soaks into the tampon. You can wipe the excess off afterwards with a tissue or washcloth.
Step 5: Get into position
Sitting on the toilet is a good way to practice because the angle is suitable for pushing the tampon inside your vagina and there is enough room in the bowl space for your hand.
You can also try putting one foot on the side of a bath or stool, or crouching.
You’ll figure out which position works the best for you after a few tries.
Step 6: Find your way in
The entrance of your vagina is below where you pee out of, and before you get to the anus. If you just push around with a lubricated finger, you’ll find it.
If you aren’t clear on how your inner anatomy looks, we recommend Vag Basics.
Inserting an applicator tampon
Gently insert the applicator inside your vagina aiming for the base of your spine/tailbone. Don’t insert the full applicator – you need some left outside so you can use the pusher of the applicator.
Don’t force anything – if you have the right angle, with all that lube, the applicator should just slide right in without pain or discomfort.
Holding the tampon with your forefinger on the bottom, where the string is, gently push the tampon into your vagina, aiming for the base of your spine or lower back.
You’ll feel when you have the right angle, with all that lube, it should find its way inside fully. Keep pushing until you can’t push any further/your finger can’t fit inside anymore.
Your vagina is usually longer than your finger.
Change the angle until you feel the tampon slide in. Once you have this angle right, you can practice using tampons with and without applicators to become more familiar.
When practising, always use lube and remove the tampon afterwards.
Step 7: Pulling a tampon out (carefully!)
To take the tampon out, gently pull the string. You’ll find that if the tampon is full of blood or moisture, it will slip out very easily. If it is not full, it will drag, in which case you need to be careful.
Drag is not dangerous but can be uncomfortable because you are pulling a dry tampon out of a dry vagina. The tampon sucks up all the moisture.
NEVER YANK A TAMPON OUT! It is not a band-aid. You can damage yourself. Go slow, and if it’s not ready, just give it a couple of hours to soak up more of your natural fluids and it’ll come out.
You will eventually learn how many tampons you need, of what size, and at what stage of your period or treatment. Start small!
The guidelines are to not leave a tampon inside your vagina for more than four hours.
Dispose of your tampon considerately – flush if it’s acceptable, but usually, it’s best to put it into the bin wrapped in toilet paper.
Read Newbies: Tampon Tips and Tricks to get more solutions to tricky tampon questions.
If you have any questions that aren’t answered here, Ask Aunt Vadge – she knows everything!
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Jessica is a degree-qualified naturopath (BHSc) specialising in vulvovaginal health and disease, based in Melbourne, Australia.
Jessica is the owner and lead naturopath of My Vagina, and is a member of the:
- International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease (ISSVD)
- International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH)
- National Vulvodynia Association (NVA) Australia
- New Zealand Vulvovaginal Society (ANZVS)
- Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS)
Last Updated: 27th October, 2021
Herein, how far up should a tampon be?
Place the applicator tip into your vagina at a 45˚ angle. Now, gently slide the smooth, tapered applicator all the way into your vagina until your fingers touch your body. Push the tampon inside: push the plunger all the way into the barrel with your pointer finger.
Similarly, how do you properly insert a tampon? How to insert a tampon
- Sit on the toilet with your knees apart.
- Using the tip of the tampon, open the folds of skin on your vagina and slide the entire barrel inside, angling towards your back.
- Insert it as far as your middle finger and thumb, at the grip – or middle – of the applicator.
Subsequently, question is, how do I know if tampon is in far enough?
Be sure to push the plunger all the way in so the tampon goes up high enough and then you won’t feel it at all. You’ll know the tampon is in right if the applicator comes out easily and comfortably, if you don’t feel the tampon once the applicator is removed, and if there is no leaking.
How do you put a tampon in for the first time without it hurting?
Insert the tampon.
- Use your thumb and middle finger to pull out both tubes without touching the string.
- Avoid touching the string while you are inserting the tampon because the string should be moving along with the tampon up into the vaginal canal.
- Throw away the applicator and wash your hands when you are done.
Pads, panty liners, cups, cloth pads… there are plenty of period products out there to choose from. If you’ve picked tampons as your menstrual management companion, you’ve got another choice to make; applicator or non-applicator tampons or switch?
Before we go into the ins and outs of using the two types of tampons, have you thought about these questions?
- Do you know what absorbency level you need? Using one that has a higher level of absorbency than you need can not only be uncomfortable, but can increase the risk of TSS. We can safely say that that’s not something you want to risk getting. Always go for the lowest possible absorbency to match your flow.
- How well do you know your body? Everyone’s vagina is different. What works for people you know might not necessarily work for you. Bear this in mind when it comes to your period products.
- Have you researched how tampons work and how to use them? Once you dive a little deeper into the technicalities of tampons, you might be overwhelmed by the idea of using them or suddenly want to switch from one tampon style to another?
- Which brand will you choose? We’re not trying to be overly bias but ours are made from 100% organic cotton, are biodegradable and compostable – better for the environment and your body!
Once you think you’ve given it some thought, it’s time to check out the pros and cons of both applicator and non-applicator tampons…
Should I use non-applicator tampons?
Non-applicator tampons are inserted into your vagina using your fingers as a guide.
- Non-applicator tampons are the more affordable choice between the two, you’ll save yourself a little money every cycle.
- Non-applicator tampons are much smaller and easier to carry around.
- Being smaller means less packaging and waste, which is more environmentally friendly, especially if you’re using biodegradable, organic cotton tampons.
- You’re in total control of how a non-applicator tampon goes into your vagina, and can adjust how it sits based on what the most comfortable spot for you is.
- Using a tampon without an applicator is messier as you use your finger to insert. It has got to go right inside your vagina for it to fit in properly, meaning more blood gets on your hands.
- It takes a little bit more time and practise to familiarise yourself with your body to get a non-applicator tampon in smoothly. This can be seen as good practice getting comfortable with your body.
Should I use applicator tampons?
Applicator tampons are exactly the same as non-applicator tampons but instead of inserting the tampon directly with your fingers, they come with either a plastic or cardboard applicator designed to help with insertion.
- Applicator tampons help to do the hard work by pushing the tampon in for you. They’re arguably more comfortable and easier to use!
- If you’re new to tampons, using applicators is a safe way to know your tampon will be pushed in properly and securely.
- Using applicator tampons can be less messy as the applicator deals with the blood, rather than your finger.
- Applicator tampons are larger and use more materials, this means that there will be more waste overall.
- Applicator tampons tend to be more expensive because they are manufactured using more materials and the applicator accessory.
- Did you know about 20% of vaginas have a naturally retroverted uterus (where the uterus tilts backwards towards the spine instead of forwards)? Using an applicator can be more painful and inflexible to insert if you have one.
- If your tampon feels uncomfortable, readjusting the position means you’ll have to use your fingers, which makes the point of using an applicator tampon redundant.
There is no right or wrong style tampon to choose. An applicator is a great starter for using tampons if you’re a beginner to them or you’re just starting your period. There’s still a learning curve but it’s definitely easier to get to grips with.
If you’re thinking more consciously about your consumption, and are no stranger the realities of period blood, then a non-applicator tampon will be the right fit for you. You might also feel easy about which tampon type you want to use and switch it up to whatever is available!
Whichever style tampon you choose, make sure you have clean hands and take a minute to feel calm and comfortable before putting one in. Read this guide on how to put tampons in (with handy videos!).
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Inserting a tampon
Once you’ve selected your tampon of choice, it’s important to make sure you know how to use your tampon properly. Firstly, wash your hands thoroughly with soap to avoid getting unwanted bacteria in or near your vagina. Then get into the best position to put your tampon in. Check out the rest of our guide on how to put a tampon in and prevent leaks.
Removing a tampon
You should change your tampon every 4-6 hours to maintain good period hygiene and reduce the risk of getting Toxic Shock Syndrome. When you’re ready to take your tampon out, go to the bathroom and wash your hands, and simply pull gently on the tampon string until the tampon is out. Remember to never flush your tampons, dispose of them in your bathroom waste bin instead!
Don’t be ashamed to talk to family or friends about your period – we all have them! They might have some words of wisdom or funny stories to share that’ll help with your choice. Or you can always message us on Facebook or Instagram if you have any period-related questions.
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Non-applicator and it really annoys me that tampons are harder to find where natracare is stocked.
Hi. For years I used tampons and left the applicator inside without knowing.
Should I consult my doctor?? Is it a problem?
Hello, it might be a good idea to consult your doctor if you’re worried about this, if for nothing else then for peace of mind.
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You know your body better than anyone and you know, what suits you the best! It is actually very easy to position a tampon with your finger without an applicator. Learn more here!
As you know your body better than anyone, you are the one who knows what suits you the best. It is actually very easy to position a tampon with your finger without an applicator. It gives you great control in placing the tampon correctly.
Try especially o.b. ® ProComfort™ with the unique SilkTouch™ cover for easy insertion and removal and great wearing comfort. It only takes a minute to learn how, so don’t worry! And without the applicator it means the product is smaller with no bulky packaging, so you can conveniently slip them in the smallest bag along with your latest fashion accessories. Or even in your pocket! You are also doing something good for the environment as you produce less waste without an applicator.
o.b. ® tampons give you complete freedom of movement, comfort and the right level of protection for every day of your period. You’ll feel confident and secure no matter what you’re doing. With o.b ® tampons your flow is absorbed already inside the body, preventing the development of any unpleasant odors. You will not feel a correctly inserted tampon at all and it is very discreet. Unlike other tampons, our o.b. ® curved grooves expand evenly guiding fluid better to the inner core of the tampon giving you reliable protection that you can trust. Once you know how to insert a tampon without an applicator, it’s the most natural and comfortable way to use a tampon. Then there’s no going back… freedom here we come!
Here goes – how to insert an o.b. ® tampon If it’s your first time you might want to use an o.b. ® ProComfort™ Mini tampon as they are very easy to use. They are small, slim, have a shaped tip and are very easy to insert and remove thanks to their SilkTouch™ cover.
Don’t worry – it is not as difficult as you might think. First, wash your hands, and second, relax! Be sure to find the best position for you! It may be sitting on the toilet or standing with one foot on the edge of the bath.
The video “How to insert a tampon“ helps you find out how to insert a tampon! And here is the explanation step-by-step:
Hold the tampon with both hands and twist the tampon open following the direction of the arrows, then remove the wrapper from the tampon string side. Straighten the removal string, give it a quick hard pull, to extend it out from the tampon and to convince yourself that it is firmly attached to the tampon. Press the tip of your index finger into the tampon’s base and remove the top half of the wrapper. With your free hand, gently hold the labia apart. The vaginal opening is located between urethra and anus. Relax! Gently slide the tampon as far as possible up and back into the vagina. If you feel resistance, vary the direction slightly. If you can still feel the tampon, insert it a little further in. Once the tampon is where it belongs, in the middle part of your vagina, you will not feel it. Wash your hands again. Now you have tried it, it’s not as complicated or as messy as you may have thought!
After a few times you’ll find there’s nothing easier! You can follow your unique inner body and will have great control in placing the tampon correctly. Enjoy the great freedom your tampon can give you!
Perhaps one of the most asked questions is “How to put in a tampon?” – and not just from young girls! Once mastered, it’s a skill that’s second nature – it’s just getting there that can be tricky.
It’s a good idea to start with a Libra Regular Slim Tampon or Libra Super Slim Tampon as they can be a bit easier when you’re new to using tampons, but our Original tampons work just as well too. There are instructions on the leaflet in the tampon box which will help you out at the time, but here are the basics.
How to insert a tampon
- Wash your hands thoroughly and twist open the plastic wrapper of the tampon. Discard the bottom half of the wrapper, then pull out the string and discard the top half of the wrapper in a bin. Get into a comfortable position and exhale concentrating on relaxing your muscles.
2. Hold the tampon with your index or middle finger at the base (string end) and get into a comfortable position. Insert the tampon by pushing it up into your vagina towards your tailbone to the full length of your finger.
Tip: You can sit on the toilet, stand with one foot on the edge of the toilet or bathtub, squat, or even lie down. Whatever works for you.
3. Some women like to spread their labia with their spare hand, otherwise just gently push the tampon up into your vagina, towards your tailbone. Keep pushing it up with your index or middle finger until you can no longer feel it. It’s important that you insert the tampon on an angle and not directly upwards.
4. Check the string is hanging out, wash your hands and you’re done!
How to Remove a Tampon
To remove the tampon, again, focus on relaxing. Sit on the toilet with your knees well apart, get a firm grip of the string and gently tug down at the same angle it went in. Don’t pull straight down as that won’t work.
And finally, remember it can take practice. If you don’t get it the first time, have a go another day.
Tips & Tricks on How to Insert a Tampon
Relax – especially your pelvic floor muscle
The first tip is to relax. Sounds easy we know, but being nervous usually means you’re clenching all your muscles, including the incredibly strong pelvic floor muscle that runs between your pubic and tail bones. It’s the muscle you use when you stop the flow of urine on the loo – give it a go so you know which it is. If it’s clenched, the chances of putting a tampon in or out are seriously hindered!
Know where to insert the tampon
The next tip is to be clear about where it’s going. Sounds obvious, but we often make assumptions. Note too, the angle the tampon needs to go to be comfortable. Many people try and push straight up – which is uncomfortable and unsuccessful. To insert a tampon, you need to angle it towards your tailbone. If you’re not sure, try inserting your finger without a tampon so you can feel exactly where it’s meant to go.
Use a dab of water-based lubricant
Finally, a dab of water-based lubricant, such as KY Jelly often helps on those first few goes. Don’t use petroleum-based products, like Vaseline, as these repel liquids and could cause your tampon to leak as well as irritate sensitive skin.
Anything else? Asaleo Care makes no warranties or representations regarding the completeness or accuracy of the information. This information should be used only as a guide and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional, medical or other health professional advice.
Tampons cleared by the FDA are meant to be used one time and then thrown away. No tampon should be used more than once.
If you use tampons during your period (or menstruation), it’s important to know how to use them safely. Consider this important information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—and please share this information with other people who may use these products.
What are tampons—and how are they used?
Tampons are one method of absorbing menstrual flow during your period. Tampons are designed to be inserted into the vagina with or without an applicator.
You may be surprised to learn that the FDA regulates tampons as medical devices. Tampons cleared by the FDA are meant to be used one time and then thrown away. No tampon should be used more than once.
What are tampons made out of?
FDA-cleared tampons are made of cotton, rayon, or a blend of the two. The absorbent fibers used in FDA-cleared tampons sold today are made with a bleaching process that is free from elemental chlorine, which also prevents products from having dangerous levels of dioxin (a type of pollutant found in the environment).
How does FDA evaluate the safety of tampons?
Before any tampons can be legally sold in the U.S., they must go through the FDA’s review to determine whether they are as safe and effective as (substantially equivalent to) legally marketed tampons.
As part of the FDA’s review, manufacturers submit data including the results of testing to evaluate the safety of the materials used to make tampons and applicators (if present); tampon absorbency, strength, and integrity; and whether tampons enhance the growth of certain harmful bacteria or change normal bacteria levels in the vagina.
Are reusable tampons safe?
Reusable tampons may carry additional risks of infections such as yeast, fungal, and bacterial infections.
While you may have heard about reusable tampons, the FDA has not cleared or approved these products. The FDA discourages the use of reusable tampons.
The only tampons cleared or approved by the FDA are designed for single-use.
What should you know about tampons and toxic shock syndrome (TSS)?
Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is rare and is caused by a toxic substance that is produced by certain kinds of bacteria. The toxic substance produced by the bacteria can cause organ damage (including kidney, heart, and liver failure), shock, and even death.
Rates of reported TSS cases associated with tampons have declined significantly over the years. One reason is that the FDA evaluates whether a tampon enhances the growth of the bacteria that causes TSS before the product can be legally marketed. Only tampons that have been cleared by the FDA can be legally marketed in the U.S. In addition, more informative tampon labeling, as well as educational efforts by the FDA and manufacturers, may have contributed to the reduction in TSS cases. For more information on TSS, see the tampon safety tips, below.
Tampon Safety Tips
You may want to talk with your health care provider about whether tampons are right for you. If you use tampons, consider the following:
- Follow all labeled directions. Even if you have used tampons before, read the instructions in the package.
- Wash your hands before and after using a tampon. This will help reduce the spread of bacteria.
- Only use tampons when you have your period. Tampons are not intended to be used at any other time or for any other reason.
- Change each tampon every 4 to 8 hours. Never wear a single tampon for more than 8 hours at a time.
- Use the lowest absorbency tampon needed. If you can wear one tampon up to eight hours without changing it, the absorbency may be too high.
- Contact your health care provider if you have pain, fever or other unusual symptoms. If you have discomfort, pain or other unexpected symptoms like unusual discharge when trying to insert or wear a tampon, or if you have an allergic reaction, stop using tampons and contact your provider.
- Know the signs of toxic shock syndrome (TSS) and how to reduce your risk. Symptoms and signs of TSS may include a sudden fever (usually 102°F or more), vomiting, diarrhea, fainting or feeling like you are going to faint when standing up, dizziness, or a rash that looks like a sunburn. If you have any of these symptoms during your period or soon after your period, stop using tampons and seek medical attention immediately. To reduce your risk of TSS, use the lowest absorbency tampon necessary, wear a tampon for no more than 8 hours and then throw it away, and use tampons only when you have your period.
If you have had discomfort or became ill as a result of using a tampon, consider reporting it to MedWatch, the FDA’s safety information and adverse event reporting program. Information reported to MedWatch helps the FDA to ensure tampons remain safe and effective.
Prepare for NuvaRing insertion. Hold NuvaRing between your thumb and index finger and press the sides of the ring together. (See figure to the right.) Insert NuvaRing into your vagina. Insert NuvaRing into your vagina. Insert the folded NuvaRing into your vagina and gently push it further up into your vagina using your index finger. (See figure to the left.) When you insert NuvaRing it may be in different positions in your vagina, but NuvaRing does not have to be in an exact position for it to work. NuvaRing may move around slightly within your vagina. This is normal. Although some women may be aware of NuvaRing in the vagina, most women do not feel it when it is in place.
- Do not use NuvaRing if you smoke cigarettes and are over 35 years old. Smoking increases your risk of serious heart and blood vessel problems from combination hormonal contraceptives (CHCs), including heart attack, blood clots, or stroke, which can be fatal. This risk increases with age and the number of cigarettes smoked.
- The use of a CHC, like NuvaRing, is associated with increased risks of several serious side effects, including blood clots, stroke, or heart attack. NuvaRing is not for women with a history of these conditions or any condition that makes your blood more likely to clot. The risk of getting blood clots may be greater with the type of progestin in NuvaRing than with some other progestins in certain low-dose birth control pills. The risk of blood clots is highest when you first start using CHCs and when you restart the same or different CHC after not using it for a month or more.
- NuvaRing is also not for women who have high blood pressure that medicine can’t control; have diabetes with kidney, eye, nerve, or blood vessel damage; have certain kinds of severe migraine headaches; have liver disease or liver tumors; take any Hepatitis C drug combination containing ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir, with or without dasabuvir, as this may increase levels of the liver enzyme “alanine aminotransferase” (ALT) in the blood; have unexplained vaginal bleeding; have or have had breast cancer or any cancer that is sensitive to female hormones; if you are or may be pregnant, or are allergic to etonogestrel, ethinyl estradiol or any of the ingredients in NuvaRing.
- NuvaRing does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted infections.
- The most common side effects reported by users of NuvaRing are irritation inside your vagina or on your cervix; headache (including migraine); mood changes (including depression); the ring slipping out or causing discomfort; nausea and vomiting; vaginal discharge; weight gain; vaginal discomfort; breast pain, discomfort, or tenderness; painful menstrual periods; abdominal pain; acne; and less sexual desire.
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You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Please read the Patient Information for NuvaRing ® (etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring), including the information about the increased risk of serious cardiovascular side effects, especially in women who smoke, and discuss it with your health care provider. The physician Prescribing Information also is available.
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Here at LOLA, we like to think we’re on the cutting edge of what’s new or interesting in health, wellness, and natural living. Over the past few months, we’ve tried everything from oil pulling to cupping, but recently, we tried something that hit even closer to home: non-applicator tampons. While most of us had used a non-applicator tampon, there were a few of us that never had. And if there are some women that work at a company like LOLA who haven’t tried non-applicator tampons, we’re positive we aren’t alone.
Turns out, we really aren’t alone — in 2015, only 6.5% of US tampon sales were non-applicator. Meanwhile, women in Europe, Australia, and Asia have been using non-applicator tampons for decades — with 60% of European women reporting that they actually prefer them.
Whether you’re trying to reduce the amount of plastic waste you create or just want a more compact option to throw in your purse when you’re on the go, read on to find out what we learned.
There’s a technique
Yes, we’ve been using tampons for decades, but we had to learn how to put them in without an applicator. Here’s our step-by-step guide:
First, you’ll need to wash your hands before you go to the bathroom. Unwrapping the tampon is easy enough — just find the seam on the blue tape and tear the wrapper off. That’s when things get different: the tampon string will be nestled up against the tampon, instead of being held separate by an applicator.
Hold the tampon with your thumb and forefinger and use your other hand to unravel the string. Hold the string taut and twist it several times. This will create a small dip in the bottom of the tampon, that serves as a natural place to put your finger as you insert the tampon to give you more control during insertion.
Next, use the pointer finger on your dominant hand to push the tampon into your vagina — you should insert it until you reach the base of your finger. This may feel too far, but as long as the string is still outside your body, you’re all set. And don’t worry — it’ll get easier to know your preferred placement as you continue to use non-applicator tampons.
Voila! You’re done!
We made some mistakes
It was a process of trial and error and we did some things that we really recommend you don’t do, and want to save you from making the same mistakes we did.
– When we said to push the tampon in the full length of your forefinger, we meant it. This feels like a lot. Do. It. Almost all of us made the mistake of not pushing the tampon in all of the way, and that just made for an uncomfortable afternoon.
– The first time you use a non-applicator tampon, try it on one of your heavier days. There will be more lubrication, so it’ll be easier to slide the tampon in without an applicator to help out.
– Do NOT forget to separate the string from the tampon before you put it in. One LOLA team member accidentally skipped this step… and had to go fishing for the tampon. (Rough.)
– Don’t be weirded out. Obviously using a non-applicator tampon can be a new and strange experience after using an applicator for a lifetime, but it’s really not a big deal to touch your own body
So there you have it. Everyone on the LOLA team has now used non-applicator tampons, and some of us are converts. If you’re thinking about using an organic non-applicator tampon, follow our tips to make sure you have a smooth experience!
The things you don’t know.
From swimming during your cycle to wearing your favorite skin-tight yoga pants, tampons have likely come to your rescue countless times. But how much do you really know about those little white mice? Read on for our advanced course on tampons, and bust these facts out like party tricks at your next girls’ night.
1. People Used to Believe Tampons Could Make You O
Tampax first became available in the mid-1930s—and according to an article on the history of tampons published in The Atlantic, back then, many people believed tampons could induce orgasms. They also believed tampons might accidently break some girls’ hymens (a.k.a. the cherry) and cause them to lose their virginity. Oh, how far we’ve come.
For 14 mind-blowing facts about orgasms, check out our animated video:
2. Scented Tampons Aren’t So Great for Your Vag
Playtex introduced the first deodorant tampon in 1971. And while you’ll find scented tampons at every drugstore, they’re not the ones you want to buy. Scented sanitary products can actually increase your risk of developing a yeast infection, says Lizellen La Follette, M.D., a California ob-gyn. And in some cases, the scented products can make odor worse, says La Follette. The fix? “Try changing pads and tampons more often and wash and thoroughly dry the vaginal area,” she suggests instead.
3. You’ll Spend Nearly $1500 on Tampons in Your Lifetime
The average woman will shell out $1,418.67 on tampons during her lifetime, assuming she changes them every six hours for her four-day periods and a box of 36 tampons costs $7. In 40 states, these boxes are taxed as luxury items. (Obama recently owned up to not knowing why they’d be taxed that way but suspected it’s because men made the laws —uh, ya think? ) A recent U.S. study also found women lose $1,692 in wages each year due to complaining of heavy bleeding. Ugh, we feel you, ladies. Here’s the ultimate period survival guide.
4. Americans Are Way More Likely to Use Applicator Tampons Than Europeans Are
According to the book, Capitalizing on the Curse: The Business of Menstruation, 97 percent of European women use digital tampons. No, they’re not part of a new app—they’re the ones without the plastic or cardboard applicators we’re used to. Stateside, only three to four percent of women use them. “Digital tampons are more compact than a tampon with an applicator and can be more easily transported without being detected by others,” says La Follette. “An additional benefit of this type of tampon is the fact that there are less waste materials, making this a better choice for those concerned with environmental issues.” On the plus side of applicator tampons, they help guide how far to insert, says La Follette. Overall, 70 percent of American women use tampons—a big jump from the three percent of Asian and Latin American women who do. In fact, each of these American women will use about 7,296 tampons in her lifetime, assuming she uses 16 tampons per cycle and menstruates from ages 12 to 50. But before you stock up…
5. Tampons Have a Shelf Life
Yes, they have an expiration date (they’re good for five years). “While tampons are sanitary, they’re not sterile, which means that if they’re not stored properly bacteria and mold can grow,” says La Follette. That shelf life gets even shorter when your tampon is tossed around in your bag for weeks on end. “That tampon has been in contact with perfume, dust, ink, and other foreign bacteria found inside a purse,” says La Follette. “These types of contamination increase the risk of developing vaginal infections or other complications.”
Not every girl has someone to consult & approach when she first gets their periods. There are parents who do not feel comfortable talking on such subjects with their children, so girls might find some other way to get more information. For any girl who is looking on the web for similar information, we are here to help you- so when you get your first period, pick any of the following options- you could use a sanitary pad/napkin, Tampons or menstrual cup. Girls often feel using a tampon is extremely tricky; however once you understand how to insert a tampon you will see that it’s a much cleaner option.
For all young girls, we have an advice- Do not let periods interrupt your daily life! You should all learn how to use tampons so that your periods never slow down life. For all those who are not aware of what a tampon is- it is similar to a sanitary pad/napkin and is used during a period to absorb the menstrual flow. A tampon is usually made out of soft cotton that is pressed together & then given a cylindrical shape (for easy insertion into your vaginal opening). You can buy a box of tampons at any supermarket or convenience store. A tampon offers protection against leakage, is comfortable & easy to use once you learn how to insert the tampon. Furthermore, a tampon guarantees a leak-free period while providing you great & invisible protection as it absorbs fluid inside the body & no one can know that you are having periods. Tampons are available in various sizes & absorbencies, depending upon your flow.
Message for the First Time User
If this is the first time you are using a tampon, please remember that you must relax while attempting to insert the tampon. In case you aren’t relaxed & you’re feeling nervous, the muscles in your body surrounding the vagina will automatically tense up. This makes it difficult to insert the tampon into your vagina, plus it will be painful.
Another thing to remember is that it’s possible that you might not be able to properly insert a tampon for the first time. Therefore, stay calm, keep trying till you succeed in inserting the tampon without hurting yourself or worrying too much!
Our suggestion would be to use the ‘ultra slim tampon or even a small-sized tampon for the first time trial. Keep in mind that the best time to try using your first tampon is when you have a moderate flow of blood.
I have learned this from personal experience, one should never use a generic brand, instead I advise you to shell out more money and purchase a well-known brand such as ‘Tampax’.
Guide on How to Insert a Tampon
For all those girls who use tampons or will be using a tampon for the very first time- the basic step is to ALWAYS wash your hands before inserting a tampon in your vagina. Washing your hands ensures that no bacteria or infection is mistakenly transferred to your vaginal area. You will be having your monthly period, so ensure that the region around the vaginal opening is clean so that you are able to clearly see what you’re doing. For the first timers, having a small-sized mirror always helps because you then know what you’re aiming at.
Take one tampon out of the box and unwrap it.
You need to then squat and sit on the toilet (you could even keep standing). Relax and spread your legs, make sure you’re in a position that feels comfortable. If you choose to stand, it is best if you place one foot on the seat of the toilet, keep standing & squat slightly.
You need to now understand how to hold a tampon in the correct way. There are certain brands which make things easier by having a spot for ‘Auto-slip grip’ on the applicators. Use your thumb & forefinger to hold on that spot. Another way to hold the tampon is like you hold a syringe. You must ensure that your fingers are gripping towards the last part of the applicator’s outer shell (i.e. the side which is closest to where the string sticks out).
Now you need to angle this applicator inside your vagina. You need to be completely relaxed at this stage as this is where you get ready to properly insert the tampon in your opening. Remember to hold the tampon at the end where the string’s hanging out and insert the other end of the tampon inside your vagina. Push very slightly the applicator’s tip into the vagina opening. The angle should be about 45 O , make sure it isn’t straight up, instead somewhat up & back.
To push the applicator, carefully slip in the tube. Stop the moment your finger touches the opening.
Once you feel the opening, gently start pushing the tampon into your vagina. Use your thumb (you can also use the other hand) to push the inner, smaller tube downwards towards your body. Gently slide it inside completely till it comfortably fits inside the external tube & till you can’t push it any further.
Begin to tenderly remove both- the inner as well as the outer tube from your vagina. This MUST be done very slowly. The tampon will be left behind inside your vagina & the tampon’s string will hang out of your vaginal opening. If you are feeling uncomfortable or if you are in pain, then you have NOT inserted the tampon properly. A tampon hurting means that you haven’t pushed the tampon up far enough. Use your fingers to either push the tampon further or hold the string hanging out & pull the tampon out. Now re-try using a fresh tampon!
You should never wear a tampon for more than four to six hours. To remove a tampon, get into a comfortable position- squat and spread your legs. Relax yourself & pull the tampon out slowly by grabbing the string.
To dispose the tampon, remember never to flush it down the toilet! You should always wrap the used tampon either in a paper or toilet paper & then throw it in the bin.
Remember to keep yourself relaxed while inserting as well as removing the tampon. Hurrying up will only hurt you, so start carefully, go slow and keep trying till you get it right!
It’s that time of the month again! Your period has started and you’re ready to kick ass as usual, as soon as you get yours hands on a tampon. There’s a myth out there that inserting a tampon can be messy, but if you have the right tools, they don’t have to be.
Tampons can make a lot of things easier, like going swimming or doing yoga. Yay! For leaping into the deep-end and not worrying about it budging or staying in place.
If you haven’t used tampons before, they can seriously be so intimidating. You might worry about losing a tampon inside of you, or TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome). If it’s your first time using tampons, try it out when you’re at home, comfortable and not in a rush.
First things first, choosing your tampon. We recommend starting out with Blume regular organic tampons. They’re easy to use, and made out of 100% organic cotton.
One of the most important things to remember is when to replace your tampon. TSS is a rare but serious bacterial infection; only about one out of 100,000 women are diagnosed with it.
“Major drugstore brands aren’t actually required to disclose ingredients that go into tampons – it’s odd to even think of tampons as having an ingredients list.”
Cotton is an absorbent, reliable and natural material. And remember, the vagina is one of the most absorbent parts of our bodies.
To lower your risks of TSS it’s important to practice good hygiene: wash your hands before and after insertion, try to use the lowest absorbency tampon you can, and change your tampon every 4-6 hours. You’ll know if it’s ready to change before then if it starts leaking or comes out easily with a slight tug of the string. If you decide to engage in intercourse on your period (remember, there is literally no rule that says you cannot have sex on your period), take your tampon out!
Tampons come in multiple absorbency types, include light, holding 4ml of blood, regular which holds up to 5ml of blood, super which holds up to 10ml of blood and super plus!
What is a tampon applicator?
The tampon applicator sounds exactly like it’s name – an applicator that helps you insert your tampon.
What types of tampon applicators are here?
There’s more than one? You bet! There are different types of tampon applicators that cater for all women during their periods. Tampon selection is a choice, and they come in the form of several different applicators to make managing your period a hell of a lot easier.
What are cardboard applicators?
The cardboard tampon applicator is one of the first applicators to be invented and is an applicator that is made out of cardboard that helps you insert your tampon. At Blume, we offer cardboard applicators that are rounded for easier insertion and are 100% biodegradable, non threatening to your body and the planet.
What are plastic applicators?
Plastic tampon applicators are the most popular amongst women. Same thing as the cardboard applicator, but this one is made out of plastic. A lot of women prefer the plastic tampon applicator as they feel they have more control over where it goes. Cotton tampons with plastic applicators are most popular. At Blume, we have bio-plastic applicators that are BPA free and are made of 90% sugar-cane and 10% plastic.
TLDR. If you buy Blume tampons, we have environmentally friendly “plastic” applicators!
Are there reusable applicators?
Umm, is that sanitary? Yes, absolutely. Reusable tampon applicators are usually plastic and can be reused over a certain period of time when you are experiencing your monthly period. Reusable tampon applicators are great for the environment. It’s important to properly sanitize the applicator in between uses with hot water.
How do you use a tampon applicator?
Using a tampon applicator is super easy! First things first, you need to decide whether you’re going to go with a cardboard, plastic, or reusable tampon applicator.
If you think that a tampon applicator is right for you, then let’s take a look at how to insert a tampon applicator.
- Wash your hands: You’re hands are full of bacteria and your vagina is super sensitive, you should always wash your hands before inserting a tampon!
- Just relax: Inserting a tampon can feel uncomfortable! You can relax your vagina by tightening your pelvic muscle for three seconds, then slowly releasing it and relaxing the muscle.
- Get yourself into a comfortable position: The best positions to be in when inserting a tampon applicator is to place one leg on the toilet seat, stand with your legs shoulder-width apart and bend your knees, or sit on the toilet with your legs spread wide apart. Some people like to squat, do whatever is most comfortable for you!
- Now, unwrap the tampon applicator: Use your non-writing hand to pull back the folds that cover the vagina. With your dominant hand, take your middle finger and your thumb and grip the applicator. Place your index finger at the end of the plunger on the applicator.
- Positioning: Position the applicator so it is at the entrance of your vagina and push it into your vagina towards your lower back. This may sound uncomfortable but the more you relax the easier it will be.
- Once the applicator is fully inside, push down on the plunger (where your index finger is placed). This will insert the tampon into the correct place.
- Gently pull out the applicator: You should have a tampon firmly inserted in your vagina and the string of the tampon hanging out. Once it’s in, you shouldn’t be able to see or feel the tampon.
And that’s it! Of course, make sure you still wash your hands after the process.
Without an applicator
If you’re not a fan of applicators and prefer to have more control over inserting your tampon into your vagina, you can do so with non-applicator tampons!
Is this more unsanitary? No way! It’s just as sanitary and safe as using an applicator.
If you’ve always used a tampon, going without might feel a little weird, but we’re here to help you out! Let us walk you through how to put a tampon in without an applicator.
- First of all, wash those hands!
- Unwrap the tampon and get yourself comfortable: Remember those positions we talked about above? You can use those positions for inserting the tampon yourself also.
- With your non-writing hand, pull back the folds around your vagina. With your dominant hand, hold the middle of the tampon, and place your index finger at the base where the string is.
- Remember, relax. Gently push the tampon into the base of your vagina. Not sure how hard to push or for how long? Aim for your lower your back.
- Using your index finger, push the tampon all the way up into your vagina, until you can’t see or feel it. It should be approximately one inch inside of you, with the string hanging out.
- Wash your hands and you’re all done!
Now you can check ‘how to use a tampon without an applicator’ off your list!
If you visit any tampon or pad aisle in a supermarket in Australia, you’re sure to find a number of different brands and styles of tampons. But one that seldom appears on shelves are tampons with applicators. Here’s why.
Most tampon packets sold in Australia contain individually wrapped tampons, which you insert digitally. If you go to the United States and a number of other countries around the world, however, tampons encased in applicators are a more common sight.
An applicator is usually a plastic mechanism to assist inserting the tampon into the right position. Once you’ve popped it where it needs to be, you pull the casing out to release the tampon into position. For some, this is the preferred method as it helps to avoid using fingers, but why applicator-encased tampons are not more readily available outside of the US is interesting to note.
The modern tampon, with the applicator, was developed in 1929 by Dr Earle Haas with a cardboard applicator and bought by the major US brand, Tampax, in 1936.
The reason the applicator was developed, however, was due to some of the societal norms held at the time — namely the idea of women touching their genitals regardless of the purpose.
Speaking to The Atlantic in 2015, an author on the history of menstrual hygiene Sharra Vostral said even with the applicator preventing digital contact, tampon’s were divisive at the time.
“For many people, there was a lot of discomfort with the idea of women touching themselves in any way in their vaginal or labia area, especially young girls,” Vostral told The Atlantic.
“A lot of people argued that [tampon use] was not only inappropriate because it might break the hymen, but it might be also pleasurable and might be a way for girls to experience orgasmic pleasure.”
In later decades, new patents developed by European inventors would do away with the applicator. German gynecologist Dr. Judith Esser worked on creating the o.b. tampon — the first tampon without the then-cardboard applicator.
A former engineer, Jim Keighley, at Proctor & Gamble also told The Atlantic that since the non-applicator option was invented, it had outsold the applicator options for years in European countries.
“If you interview women in Europe and ask why they like digital tampons, they’ll tell you about [environmental] concerns. They’ll also tell you that it’s a hygienic concern — that they don’t trust the applicator being inserted inside their bodies,” Keighley said to The Atlantic.
“Consumers develop very strong opinions on usage habits — polar opposites, for the same reason.”
Like countries in Europe, Australia too has a preference for non-applicator tampons and while it’s likely to do with the availability of them, a limited uptake when they are available might also be the case.
Although they’re still available in major supermarkets around the country, non-applicator options outstrip them in range and quantity.
While there isn’t a clear answer why per se, it’s likely Australia’s preference is related to having closer cultural ties to the UK and Europe over the US and that extends to the applicator-or-no-applicator discussion too.
Using a tampon for the first time can seem like a daunting task. No matter your age, it is a huge step to take. It is perfectly normal to be nervous or apprehensive. Once you have decided that you want to use tampons, take a deep breath and follow these steps. Inserting a tampon will be much easier than you ever thought it could be.
How to Put In a Tampon Step by Step
Educate yourself about the benefits and dangers of using tampons. One benefit is that they allow you more freedom to participate in activities like swimming and exercising. Many women feel much “cleaner” and comfortable when they use a tampon instead of a sanitary pad. Be aware that Toxic Shock Syndrome is a health risk. (See Resources for information.) Speak with your doctor or medical practitioner if you have any additional questions.
Choose the correct type of tampon. Tampons can have plastic or cardboard applicators, or none at all. Tampons with plastic applicators may be easier to use until you get the hang of inserting them. Tampons also have different absorbency levels. Always use the lowest level of absorbency, which reduces the risk of medical problems. You will have to check your tampons frequently until you get a feel for how heavy or light your flow is for the brand you selected. It may feel as if you are wasting the tampons, but your health is more important. Also, smaller tampons (those used for lighter flows) are easier to insert than the “super” tampons made for heavier days.
Familiarize yourself with your anatomy. It’s your body, and it’s perfectly OK to know where “everything” is. Leave nothing to chance and take a good look at yourself. Using a mirror is an excellent way to see everything in that area of your body. If you are uncomfortable using a mirror, several books are available about the anatomical structure of a woman’s body. To use a tampon, you must know where your labia is located, as well as your vaginal canal. Remember that your vaginal canal is not straight up-and-down; it is positioned diagonally. Knowing this will make inserting a tampon much easier and more comfortable.
Look over the tampon carefully. Make sure it is still sealed in the wrapper before using it. Feel free to take it apart and thoroughly investigate its different parts. If you are using tampons with an applicator, there will be two tubes that fit together. These tubes slide inside each other when you insert the tampon. There will also be the tampon itself. A string will be attached to the end of the tampon. If you take it apart, be sure to throw it away. You do not want to transfer any additional germs into your vaginal canal.
Wash your hands extremely well before inserting the tampon. Good hygiene is essential to not contaminating the tampon and your body with germs and bacteria.
Relax! Inserting a tampon is much easier if your mind and body are both relaxed. Trying wiggling your toes while you inserting. This will help your pelvic muscles relax, making inserting the tampon easier and more comfortable.
Find a comfortable position. Try standing with your knees bent and about shoulder-width apart. You can sit with one thigh on the toilet seat and your legs parted. This may be easier, because you will be better able to keep your balance. You can also stand with one foot resting on the toilet seat or bathtub. Try different positions. Whichever one feels the most comfortable is the best position for you to be in.
Hold the larger tube of the tampon between your middle finger and your thumb. Try to only touch the applicator with your fingers. Some brands of tampons have small ridges on the larger tube to show you where to hold the tampon.
Place the tampon at the entrance of your vagina. You may need to move back your labia (the inner “lips”) to find your vaginal opening. Place your index (pointer) finger on the end of the smaller tube, where the string is located.
Gently push the larger tube into your vagina. Remember to angle up and at a diagonal so it will be more comfortable for you. Keep pushing the tampon until you touch your body. Be sure you are relaxed as you do this. If it is uncomfortable, spread your legs a bit wider. If it is extremely uncomfortable, start over. It may take several tries. Once the larger tube is inside your vagina, keep holding it with your thumb and middle finger.
Push the smaller tube into the larger tube (already in your vagina) with your index (pointer) finger. Continue to push until your index finger reaches your thumb and middle finger. If it is uncomfortable, the tampon probably wasn’t inserted completely. Remove it, throw it away and begin the process over again.
Pull the entire applicator out of your vagina. Make sure you have removed both tubes and the string is not inside your vagina. You will use the string to take the used tampon out. If you did not remove both tubes or the string is inside your vagina, do not panic. Gently insert your index finger inside your vagina and pull out the tube or the string. Stay relaxed, and this will be much easier for you to do. There should not be any discomfort. If there is, remove the tampon by pulling on the string. Throw it away and start over again. You may feel as if your vagina is trying to “spit out” the tampon; this is normal. The muscles that cause this feeling are actually holding the tampon in place. This unusual sensation will go away in a few moments, once your vagina becomes accustomed to the tampon. If the feeling does not go away, remove the tampon and begin again.
Discard the applicator. Some applicators are flushable and others are not. If you are using an applicator that is not flushable, wrap it in toilet tissue and place in the trash.
Wash your hands thoroughly when you are finished. Be careful not to spread germs and bacteria.
Remember that the first time inserting a tampon is the most difficult. The more often you do it, the easier it will be.
Below is a video to explain you how to use tampons without hurting yourself:
Change your tampon often. Follow the guidelines in the package insert. If in doubt, remove the tampon –even if the recommended time has not passed. Consider wearing a pad or panty liner until you are sure what absorbency level is best for you on any given day.
Never use a tampon for more than 8 hours. This increases the risk of developing Toxic Shock Syndrome. Do not give up. It may sound difficult, but once you get the hang of it, it will be easy to do.
They’re easy to insert and super comfortable.
Tampons are one of those things that seem like NBD until you’re actually ready to use them for the first time. Then, you have so many questions like how, exactly, this whole thing is supposed to work and what tampons are best for beginners.
But there’s a reason why you’re thinking about joining Squad Tampon in the first place, and it probably has a lot to do with convenience. “Tampons are a great option because they don’t interfere with your outfits and they makes it easy to go swimming on your period,” says Christine Greves, MD, a board-certified ob-gyn at the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies in Orlando, Florida. They’re also compact enough to slip into your purse and carry around all day.
“If used properly, you can’t feel them,” says women’s health expert Jennifer Wider, MD. They also tend to be less messy than pads or menstrual cups, says Jessica Shepherd, MD, an ob-gyn in Texas. “Tampons can help decrease heavy bleeding accidents,” she says—especially if you pair them with a pantyliner.
Of course, you’re not born knowing how to insert a tampon into your vagina, and it can be a tricky skill to master at first. But experts say practice and having the right tampon that’s specially made for beginners can help.
Ready to give tampons a go? Doctors share what to look for in a beginner tampon, and why it matters.
What should you look for in a beginner tampon?
There are a lot of options out there, but ob-gyns recommend sticking to some basic rules. You don’t want to start with anything too large (because, hello, beginner here) and it’s usually good to have an applicator. “Tampons without an applicator can be challenging to use, especially for first-time users,” Dr. Wider says. “The plastic applicator can assist a beginner in positioning the tampon into the right place, so they won’t feel it.”
There’s also this to consider, per Dr. Wider: “Some people who use tampons without applicators complain that they can feel the tampon, or it won’t go in all the way.”
The type of applicator matters, too. While Dr. Shepherd says you can try out different kinds of applicators to see what feels the most comfortable for you, plastic applicators are known for being a little easier to use.
“Plastic applicators are usually more soft and allow you to have slightly more control over where the tampon goes,” Dr. Greves says. Cardboard applicators and no-applicator tampons are better for the environment, but Dr. Greves says they’re “usually a little more difficult to use,” especially for beginners. “A slim, small plastic applicator is usually what I recommend for a beginner,” she says.
The Best Tampon Brands For Beginners
Again, a lot of this comes down to what you feel comfortable with. But, in general, you want to try out a tampon that’s on the slimmer side with a plastic applicator, like the options below.
I am a virgin but I want to use tampons. Can I even though I am not broken? Please answer quickly. I start going to the Y in a few weeks! I have no one else to ask. I heard about your Web site on a news station. Thank you so much!
It sounds like diving into the pool at the Y isnвЂ™t the only plunge you are ready to take! Rest assured; virgins can absolutely use tampons. Depending on what kind of hymen you have, itвЂ™s possible that using tampons can tear or вЂњbreakвЂќ the hymen. Many virgins donвЂ™t have intact hymens вЂ” and some women arenвЂ™t born with hymens at all! They may stretch or tear due to the sexual activity, but it may also occur during non-sexual physical activities like horseback riding or dancing. Sometimes, women and girls arenвЂ™t even aware when the hymen breaks. Using a tampon for the first time can seem unnerving, but with a little know-how and practice, using them can be safe and easy вЂ” regardless of whether youвЂ™ve had sex before or not. В В
Where to begin? How about at the store! Try the thinnest tampon you can find вЂ” they may be labeled on the box as вЂњslenderвЂќ or вЂњslim.вЂќ When youвЂ™re ready to use the tampon, try to relax as much as possible. Easier said than done to be sure, but staying relaxed prevents the vaginal muscles from tightening and that can make insertion more difficult. Inserting a tampon is easiest when the menstrual flow is medium to heavy because it lubricates the process. Once youвЂ™ve made your purchase and have done your best to relax, head on over the restroom and try these steps for inserting a tampon with a built-in applicator: В
- Wash your hands well and unwrap the tampon. Find a comfortable position, either sitting or standing. Try squatting down or standing with one leg on the toilet seat or bathtub. Hold the tampon in the middle (where the smaller tube goes into the larger one) using your forefinger and thumb. Also, check to make sure the string is showing (it should be pointing away from you).
- With your free hand, pull back the labia (the skin around the vaginal opening) and gently place the tampon in the vaginal opening.
- Aiming the tampon towards your back, push the tampon into the opening. When your fingers are touching your body and the outer tube of the applicator is completely inside, youвЂ™ll know itвЂ™s in far enough.
- Then use your index finger to push the inner tube through the applicator (outer tube). This will put the tampon into your vagina, with the string still hanging out.
- After the inner tube of the tampon is in your vagina, use your thumb and middle finger to remove the applicator (outer tube). Check that the string is still hanging out of your vagina. Pulling on the string will remove the tampon when you are ready to take it out.
If you’re having trouble inserting a tampon after a few tries, consider talking with a healthcare provider. A word of warning when using tampons: only use tampons when you have your period and put a new one in at least every four to six hours in order to prevent Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). TSS is a potentially deadly condition that occurs when there is too much Staphylococcus aureus, a type of Staph bacteria, in the body. Having a small amount of Staph bacteria in the body is normal, but too much of it can release toxic substances into the blood stream. Washing your hands before use, changing your tampon frequently, using the appropriate absorbency for your period, alternating use of tampons with maxi pads, and only using tampons when you have your period are all ways to reduce your risk of TSS.
When removing an obstructed or stuck tampon, always wash your hands first with warm water and soap. Use two fingers to find where the object is located inside of you so that when pulled out it can be done painlessly if need-be! Be gentle while doing this because there could still potentially remain some bacteria behind which might lead into infection at least minimally invasive manner than cutting open one’s self again only worse than before due closer proximity thus making everything much riskier especially given how quick things spreading nowadays thanks largely via social media feeds online discussions forums blogs etcetera.
Changing your tampon is a pretty straightforward process. All you’ll need to do before removing it from the string, wash up and be sure not only that there are no germs on hand but also avoid touching other parts of body including eyes! Once ready for disposal just pull gently until its fully removed – tadaa!. How does one go about disposing off used ones though? Well here’s how: First put them in an open container such as old cereal box or paper bag (make certain they’re secure). Then add water so now everything has been submerged by two inches deep at least; wait 24 hours minimum if possible.
When you have your period, it’s important to be prepared for the discomfort of taking out a tampon. The best way is by wearing liners and using an absorbency that fits well before getting wet with blood flow or at the end when there isn’t as much going on in terms of fluid levels — like if they’ve tapered off completely! It can actually hurt more than help because then any movement could cause pain so wear something softest possible (though do check back every now-and-then).
When it’s time to take out your tampon, there are a few ways you can do so painlessly. Sit on the toilet seat with both feet extended in front of you and relax those vaginal muscles – don’t try contracting them as this might make removal difficult! You could also pee beforehand if that helps easier relaxation; just remember not too get any urine inside since then we’ll have an even bigger mess than before! Once relaxed enough (and after making sure everything is clean), find where its string begins: pull upward rapidly until all signs hinting at presence within come loose…if anything leak.
The only way to know for sure is if you put your fingers inside and see the string or tampon itself. If it’s there, then no worries! You’ll feel something soft against them as well- which means that everything has gone smoothly so far in getting a sanitary napkin up into place (yay!). But don’t worry even though this may seem gross at first glance; we promise things will get much less icky after reading these instructions thoroughly before actually trying them ourselves:
A.) Take off any clothes save underwear/bra & Thong
B .) Remove outer vaginal lips with towel > Hold bathmat under faucet while doing step c) Cervical
Use a tampon to absorb fluid from the vaginal canal. Make sure you have followed all of these steps: open packet, pinch tail end with fingers and thumb so that smaller part goes into your palm; remove applicator while leaving string hanging out (for disposal); holding between two fingers at widest point where tubes connect – insert nearer finger first until resistance feels like it will puncture skin then push up higher on larger tube until pressure causes small gap between those same 2 sides.
If you’ve never used one before, using a tampon for the first time can seem daunting. If your flow is moderate or heavy though – practice inserting it while on predetermined days of menstruation so that when applying them in battle they will feel more natural and gain less risk from being hurtful mistake-wise! Wash hands lastly unwrapping any applicators then stretch out cords gently as possible (tampons should always point backwards) before trying to insert into vaginal canal by pushing against walls with index finger until no longer stiff enough hold onto themselves; take care not too twist cord near opening.
You need to take care of this problem right away. Don’t put it out of your mind because you are embarrassed and risking your health, remember that many people have had the same experience as us before with Toxic Shock Syndrome! You should never leave a tampon in for 8 hours or more – we know how uncomfortable it can feel but please try removing them yourself if nothing else works-it’s fairly easy process.. If neither worked after 10 minutes then call an doctor ASAP.
Tampons may become more slippery as it absorbs with blood. As a result, they might slip out of place or feel like it’s falling out which isn’t always an issue but could be hinting at the fact that you need to change your tampon soon anyway so there are no worries! But what if all seems fine now but in about five years from now? Your body and especially vagina will go through many changes during adulthood often affecting how things fit – including whether or not properly fitted menstrual products work for us anymore because sometimes our vaginas get wider than when we were younger.
Tampons should be barely noticeable or they will feel comfortable for the duration of time worn. It is important to practice inserting a tampon so that you can avoid any pain, discomfort and irritation during use!
I would definitely recommend the type WITH an applicator. The style you choose will need to be determined after you try a few different types. You insert the applicator into your vagina, push the bottom of the applicator into the top part. (The top part of the applicator is wider than the bottom, so the bottom may be pushed up inside of the upper part, which pushes the cotton portion of the tampon out. The cotton portion will remain inside of you until you pull it out by the string attached to it.)
I personally prefer cardboard. I recommend purchasing a variety box because the heaviness of your flow probably varies over the course of your pd (I prefer Tampax Tampons Variety Pack with cardboard applicators). Take one tampon out of its wrap and push the bottom up into the top to watch how it pushes the cotton part out. Once you have watched how it works outside of your body, follow the steps inside your body. There should be diagrams in the tampon box along with instructions. Good luck!
Once you get familiar with the whole process, you will also be able to get the non-applicator type in. Almost undoubtedly, you didn’t push the tampon in far enough. The applicator will help you do that. If you can feel it once it is in, you didn’t push it in far enough (in its applicator) before pushing the plunger to leave it behind in your vagina. The muscles at the mouth of the vagina gripping the tampon were what you were probably feeling, and once the tamp is past those, you don’t feel it.
Also, wear a pad for the first couple of days, so you are covered if you don’t change the tampon as often as you need to. The different sizes are not for different sizes of vagina, they are for different heaviness of flow. Start with a medium, during a time when your flow is average to heavy, and then change it when you go to the bathroom. (You don’t always have to change a tampon every time you pee, but this is a good way to start.) How saturated the tampon is will tell you how often you would need to change. A lot of women use the heaviest-duty tamps on day 1 or 2, and then change to mediums on days 3 or 4, and then the tiny ones on day 5.
Punch down fold This is slightly more sophisticated folding technique. You may wonder how far to insert a menstrual cup or how deep a menstrual cup should go.
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Menstrual cups are flexible reusable cups that can be inserted and removed throughout the day.
If you have a heavier flow and need more protections check our menstrual cup chart and sort by capacity some cups hold twice that much. When youre using a menstrual cup you should change and rinse it at least every 12 hours to avoid unforeseen health issues such as Toxic Shock Syndrome TSS. Where should a menstrual cup sit. Many people are switching to menstrual cups because they create less waste than disposable tampons and pads making cups more environmentally friendly.
After watching this video youll understand how your menstrual c. But make sure that time does not go beyond 5-6 minutes. Shaped like a bell with a stem the cup is inserted into the vagina much like a tampon without an applicator. Just follow these steps to use a cup.
Make sure there is enough water in the pot so the cup is not resting on the bottom of the pan. A menstrual cup should sit in your vaginal canal below the cervix. How to put on a menstrual cup. The menstrual cup must be washed properly when the periods end.
Place the cup in an adequately ventilated area in its bag. This is what most menstrual cup brands will tell you to do. Wash the menstrual cup carefully in warm water and soap to clean it sufficiently before reinsertion. Before and after your period.
How far should a menstrual cup be inserted. Pick a fragrance-free soap labeled for sensitive skin. In comparison with a tampon the menstrual cup should be placed lower in the vaginal canal. The cup should first be rinsed in cold water so that menstrual blood does.
Once your menstrual cup is in place try to pull the stem a bit if you feel resistance the suction seal has been created and the cup has been inserted correctly. In a public bathroom. One youve got insertion mastered youre going to want to move on to part two of this video. Placing your menstrual cup too high like a tampon will cause your cup to shift around in the wider part of your vagina known as the vaginal fornix.
Press the edge of the menstrual cup to a point with the thumb down and inside. When using the DivaCup it is important to carefully follow the directions in our User Guide paying close attention to inserting the DivaCup low in the vaginal canal and. Ideally do a test a few days before your period in a quiet place where you can feel comfortable. Press the menstrual cup flat and then put both sides together.
Youve purchased your first menstrual cup now what. We had to sorry Let Kim and Amanda guide you not literally through inse. If you can put in a tampon you should find it relatively easy to insert a menstrual cup. Empty your cup rinse under clean running water then reinsert.
Most menstrual cups have a little stem to make removal simpler and TBH the if it doesnt have a flare dont put it up there instincts might kick in for folks making a stemmed cup. Put your cup inside a wire whisk while boiling it to keep it from touching the bottom of the pot. As with any gynecological concerns please consult with your health care provider prior to using any kind of internal menstrual care product including a menstrual cup. Do not leave the cup open or be placed in any hermetic container.
It is advisable to calmly prepare to use the cup if it is your very first time some preliminary remarks for young virgins to read. We encourage you to join our Put A Cup In It Facebook GroupIts a great community full of people all over the cup usage spectrum from seasoned pro to curious newbie who are happy to offer their experiences and advice. Use a bottle of water to rinse your cup over the toilet. See also 3 different methods of sterilizing disinfecting a menstrual cup.
Sterilize your menstrual cup in boiling water for 2-3 minutes. After you insert your period cup youll want to get in the habit of checking if its secure. A menstrual cup is a bell-shaped cup typically made of silicone that you insert into your vagina prior to menstruation. Get to know your anatomy and how the pelvic region as it pertains to using a menstrual cup.
If however you find yourself in the precarious situation of having to empty your cup in public we at Put A Cup In It want you to have all the know-how to navigate the situation. Sanitizing a menstrual cup using a steamer. The major advantage of this method. This primer at Put a Cup In It has a few ideas to get you started.
Since menstrual cups aren. A menstrual cup works by catching and collecting your period blood in a small rubber cup rather than absorbing it like a tampon or pad. Use mild soap for washing intimate soap is ideal. Thoroughly rub the cup inside and out with the soap and warm water and then rinse the soap off completely.
The tension created causes the cup to unfold more readily after insertion. Rinse Reuse your cup. How to put in your menstrual cup. Wash your cup with a mild soap before using it the first time.
Wash your hands thoroughly. How to insert a menstrual cup. The Cup should be fully inside your vagina with the stem of the Cup within approximately 12 inch of your vaginal opening though this may vary from person to person as every body is different. Wash your hands with.
Most companies will ask you to wash it before you put it in. You can keep a menstrual cup in for up to 12 hours at a time without issue depending on the volume of your flow and comfort level. The cup must be disinfected by placing it in boiling hot water for at least 2-5 minutes. A menstrual cup is a reusable period product that you insert into your vagina to collect menstrual blood.
Time to put a cup in it. Please note that your Cup will sit slightly lower in your vagina than a tampon would.
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Going through your monthly periods is already an exhausting and painful task and the only thing that we like to focus on during our period week is to be as comfortable as possible. Everybody has their own preferences when it comes to using a pad or a tampon while menstruating.
Both these products have their own pros and cons and it all depends upon an individual’s personal choice. Now there might be some of you who have always wanted to try the tampon but never could. There might have been a number of reasons running through your mind like – is it safe, is it better than a pad, how to use it, etc. But I am sure that the foremost question is definitely about how to put in a tampon for the the first time without any pain. So, today we are going to answer this for you.
Let’s start with the basics.
What Is A Tampon?
Tampon is a cylinder-shaped product which is used to absorb your menstrual flow. Made out of soft cotton, a tampon is inserted in your vagina’s opening. Tampons are available at most of the pharmacies and they usually come in different absorbencies and sizes.
What Size Should A First Timer Buy?
Since you are a newbie at this, it would be best for you to buy the ‘slender size’. This is perfect when you have moderate to heavy menstrual flow as it is easier to insert this tampon.
How To Make Your First Time Painless
Trying out anything the first time makes you feel all jittery and nervous and that is how you would feel while trying out a tampon for the first time. However, we have some tips and tricks for you which can make your first experience a painless one.
- The first step is to buy the right tampon depending upon your flow. If you usually have a light to normal flow, then you should not opt for the super-absorbent tampons. You should use it only if your flow is very heavy. Try to buy packs which have different absorbent tampons in it, so that you can use the correct one accordingly.
- The next step is to understand your anatomy. If you do not have a clear idea of where the tampon has to be inserted, then you will definitely have to endure unnecessary pain and discomfort. Your tampon should be inserted in your vaginal opening. Here is a quick way to find your vaginal opening:
- Stand straight and place one of your legs on a chair
- Now take a small mirror and hold it in such a way that you can see your private parts.
- With the other hand you will have to gently spread the labia which are the fleshy folds around your vaginal opening. Make sure you do it gently as it is quite sensitive and can be harmed if you are too rough and tough.
- Keeping the labia open, position the mirror in such a way that the area under the folds is clearly visible to you.
- You will see a small hole which is the urethra and below that will be a split which is your vaginal opening.
- Remember how we ignore the small booklet of information that accompanies different products? Well in this case you better not ignore it! Please make sure that you read through those instructions to have a better understanding of the tampons. These booklets also come with illustrations which you can refer.
- Now that you have read the instructions, it’s time for you to relax. Yes, you heard us right! You need to relax your body completely and ensure that you don’t clench your muscles as it can make the entire process of inserting a tampon quite difficult.
- Wash your hands thoroughly and dry them completely before taking out the tampon from the package. Do not drop or place the tampon on any dirty surface.
- You can either use a tampon with a built-in applicator or a non-applicator tampon. Your position while inserting a tampon is very important, so ensure you opt for the most comfortable position. You can either do it while sitting down on the toilet with your legs apart or you can stand with one leg on top of the toilet seat.
- Once your are in your comfortable position, gently spread your labia so that you can place the tampon at your vaginal opening.
- If you are using an applicator, hold the tampon in such a way that your index finger is at the applicator’s end and your thumb and middle finger are at the center of the tampon. In a non-applicator, your finger will replace the applicator. For the tampon to slide in easily, you can use a water-based lubricant at the tampon’s tip.
- Gently slide in the tampon into your vaginal opening until your fingertips reach your vagina. Try to gently twist the tampon if you are facing any difficulty in inserting it. In an applicator tampon, use your index finger to push the the inner tube into your vagina.
- Remove the outer tube once the inner tube is safely inside your vagina. Also, ensure that the removal string is visible outside the opening of your vagina.
- Once the tampon is inside, you need to check whether it is placed correctly or not. To do this, you need to stand up or walk around a little. The correct insertion will ensure that there is no pain or discomfort, however, if you do feel any kind of discomfort then you will have to push the tampon further inside with the help of your finger.
- Remember to always change your tampon every 4-6 hours so that you don’t develop Toxic shock Syndrome (TSS). To remove the tampon, gently pull on the string which is hanging outside your vaginal opening.
Though inserting any kind of foreign material in your body results in pain, following these instructions can help in minimizing that pain for you. End of the day, remember that it is all about your comfort and choice. If after numerous attempts also you are unable to bear the pain while using a tampon, then we suggest you stick to using pads.