Whether you prefer to wear sanitary pads, a menstrual cup, period panties, there are some tampons instead when that time of the month arrives, it is better that you find something which suits YOU.

Tampons may seem difficult (or uncomfortable) to use, but they are one of the easiest when you get the hang of them.

1. Inserting a Tampon with Fingers

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Since you are about to get up close and personal with your body, it is essential that your hands are completely clean and free of any germs and bacteria which could get into your reproductive system.
  • Unwrap your tampon. Be careful to dispose of the wrapper in a nearby dustbin, and certainly not in the toilet to avoid any clogging.
  • Make sure your tampon is ready to use. For this, ensure that strings are hanging from the tampon. Pull on the strings to see if they are firmly attached. Do not use if the string comes off, or you see any other flaw. If you find any holes or tears on the packaging of the tampon, discard it and get a new one immediately. Do not use a compromised tampon.
  • It is now time to insert the tampon in your body. For this, it is imperative to know your body well. It is surprising to see how many women are unaware of how their own body works, thus, fear the use of a tampon and end up inserting it wrong. However, regardless of whether you are a first-timer or someone who has been using tampons their whole life – the key is simply knowing where to insert them. For this, let ´s teach you an anatomy lesson:

There are 3 openings down below (you know where). The Urethra is where your urine comes out from, and it is NOT definitely where the tampon goes. Even if you try inserting (do not), you will find the hole too small to insert. Another hole is the Anus or basically where your poop comes out of. Although this may seem large enough, again, it is not where the tampon is supposed to go. The tampon goes in the third hole; the Vaginal opening. You can find this somewhere between the Urethra and Anus.

Before inserting the tampon, it would be better if you make yourself aware of where the vaginal opening is. Simply wash your hands and feel yourself down there, find the hole, and let the next step begin.

  • Find a comfortable position for yourself to begin inserting the tampon. For this, you need to relax the muscles of your vaginal opening. Find the manner which suits you best; you can sit on the toilet seat with your knees apart or you could squat with one leg propped up on the bathtub or toilet seat, thereby making your access to the vaginal opening very easy.
  • Relax the muscles of your vagina. If your muscles act stiff, it may be difficult to insert the tampon. Thus, find a way suitable for you to relax. A top tip is to act as if you are holding in your poop. This means, squeeze your butt in, thereby allowing the muscles of your vagina to tighten. This eases the insertion of the tampon.
  • Twist the strings of the tampon. This will create a slight dent in the tampon, which will be exactly the place where you will place your finger when you are going to insert the tampon.
  • Hold the tampon firmly with your thumb and forefinger (the finger next to the thumb). The forefinger should be placed on the indentation.
  • It is time to insert the tampon. Find your vaginal opening, and carefully insert the tampon with the help of the forefinger and thumb. Remember, it is imperative that the tampon goes carefully in, and sits in its designated place. Thus, you should continue pushing the tampon in the direction of the lower back, and until the tampon sits comfortably.

In case of any discomfort, it is a sign that the tampon hasn’t gone as far back as it should have. Generally, you should continue pushing until you reach the base of your finger. However, this could slightly vary across individuals.

  • Once you have inserted the tampon in the opening, ensure that its string continues to dangle outside your body. This will be used later to remove the tampon once it has absorbed most period blood (simply pull on the string after relaxing the muscles of your vagina, and voila! – the tampon is out).
  • Wash your hands, and rest assured – your tampon is in.

2. Inserting a Tampon with a Tampon Applicator

Some tampons come with an applicator of cardboard or plastic. This allows easy insertion into the vaginal opening.

The steps are like using a tampon without an applicator.

  • Steps 1-4) Same as without tampon applicator.
  • Hold the tampon with its applicator, and it is time to insert. The process becomes easier with applicators with round-edges, or you can even lubricate the tip of the applicator to smoothen the insertion.
  • Place the tip of the applicator at a 45-degree angle with your vagina. Push the tampon inside using the inner tube of the applicator and continue pushing until the tampon sits comfortably.
  • Gently pull out the applicator and ensure that the strings of the tampon continue to hang outside your body – your tampon is now in.
  • Discard the tampon applicator by throwing it in the bin. Remember to not flush it, especially if it is a plastic applicator since that could clog your toilet.

Choose the tampon catering to your body needs and period flow; regular, super, super plus, etc. Change it after every 4-8 hours, and preferably do not leave it in overnight. Leaving a tampon in your vagina for very long can be detrimental to health, causing Toxic Shock Syndrome in severe cases.

How do you use a tampon for beginners?

How do you properly insert a tampon?

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.

Can you pee with a tampon in and keep it in?

Because you put the tampon up inside your vagina, you might wonder, “What happens when I pee?” No worries there! Wearing a tampon doesn’t affect urination at all, and you don’t have to change your tampon after you pee.

Is it scary using a tampon for the first time?

It’s completely normal to be nervous about trying your first tampon. Tampons are a little more complicated than pads so it’s completely normal to be scared. When you learn more about how tampons and your body work, you’ll become more comfortable and confident when inserting your first tampon.

Do tampons hurt if I’m a virgin?

Tampons work just as well for girls who are virgins as they do for girls who have had sex. And even though using a tampon can occasionally cause a girl’s hymen to stretch or tear, it does not cause a girl to lose her virginity. (Only having sex can do that.) That way the tampon should slip in easier.

Why am I struggling to put in a tampon?

There can be several reasons why inserting a tampon is difficult. One of the most common reasons is vaginismus. Vaginismus is a condition in which your vaginal muscles will tighten involuntarily, causing spasms and pain. Another possible reason it’s difficult to put a tampon in could be vaginal stenosis.

Why do I leak when my tampon isn’t full?

Typically, a leaky tampon means you’ve left your tampon in for too long, or you’re using the wrong absorbency. Be sure to change your tampon every 4-6 hours. If you find that you are leaking through your tampon after just four hours, it’s time to start using the next absorbency up.

What to do if you can’t put in a tampon?

If you‘re not able to insert a tampon after several tries, make an appointment with your health care provider. One reason for this is that you may have been born with a very small opening in your hymen, which prevents you from inserting tampons. This is true in only about 2% of teens, but it could be a problem.

What do you do if your tampon won’t come out?

Try to relax, especially your pelvic muscles, as much as you can. Insert two fingers and try to grasp the tampon or its string. Using lubricant might help to ease any discomfort. Pull the tampon out very gently.

What happens if you leave a tampon in for a week?

“In general, if you leave a tampon in for too long it can create a breeding ground for bacteria and can increase risk of yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis or possibly TSS,” Shepherd said. “For some women it comes down to a hygienic issue of making sure you change as often as possible.”

Can a tampon fall out when you poop?

Some say the tampon comes loose during the act of pooping itself. Others just find the proximity of the string and the poop to be too close for comfort.

Can I sleep with a tampon in?

While it’s generally safe to sleep with a tampon in if you’re sleeping for less than eight hours, it’s important that you change tampons every eight hours to avoid getting toxic shock syndrome. It’s also best to use the lowest absorbency necessary. Call a doctor if you think you may have toxic shock syndrome.

Is it healthier to sleep naked?

If sleeping naked helps you receive the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep each night, then it’s worth trying. Research suggests that sleeping naked may potentially positively impact reproductive health, connection with a partner, and self-esteem.

Is it bad to sleep with a bra on?

There’s nothing wrong with wearing a bra while you sleep if that’s what you’re comfortable with. Sleeping in a bra will not make a girl’s breasts perkier or prevent them from getting saggy. And it will not stop breasts from growing or cause breast cancer.

Is it normal to feel your tampon?

If it’s inserted correctly, you shouldn’t feel anything. But if you don’t insert the tampon far enough, it might feel uncomfortable. To make it more comfortable, use a clean finger to push the tampon farther up the vaginal canal.

Is it normal to feel your tampon when you sit down?

Normally you shouldn’t feel your tampon no matter what position you’re in. Sounds like your tampon may not be in quite right. Also, make sure you’re using the right tampon absorbency for your size and flow so it doesn’t slip.

What happens if you wear a tampon when your not on your period?

Inserting it when you’re not on your period would be uncomfortable. A dry tampon is also difficult to remove. If you’re not on your period, you may forget to remove the tampon when you get out of the water, putting you at risk for Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS).

Can I use a tampon for discharge?

Can it be used just for discharge? “No. Never use a tampon in anticipation of bleeding, or for discharge because it won’t function properly and could harbour infection. Only use tampons when you need them – if you’re just starting your period and there’s hardly any bleeding, use a sanitary towel instead.