Before inserting a tampon, it's important to understand how a tampon works and where it goes in your body.
A tampon has four parts: the barrel, grip, plunger, and the tampon itself.
- Wash your hands
- Give the string a light tug to make sure its attached properly to the tampon
- Check the tip to ensure it's smooth, no sharp plastic parts
How To Insert a Tampon
Sit on the toilet and spread your knees apart.
With two fingers, hold onto the grip. I like to use my middle finger and thumb and then place my index finger on the plunger.
Using the tip of the tampon, find your vagina, and slide the entire barrel inside you. The grip that you're holding stays outside.
When you're sitting down, your vagina is parallel to the floor, not perpendicular. So when you slide it in, slide it in at an angle. This is the angle of least resistance. Do not push it straight up because it won't go in smoothly.
There is no wrong angle to put it in. If you got it in, then you have it in correctly :)!
Now that the barrel is inside you, hold the grip and push the plunger inside. This will push the tampon inside you and into its proper place.
I like to hold the grip using my middle finger and thumb so that I can use my index finger for this step.
Hold onto the grip and pull the rest of the applicator out. The tampon is now inside you and only the string should hang outside of you now.
Do not flush the applicator. Properly dispose of it in the trash.
Now you are finished! After a couple of tampons, you will be a pro at this!
But wait! Can you still feel it?
Okay don't worry! This is very easy to fix. You can do one of two things:
- Take out the tampon and start over. Push it up higher this time.OR
- Wash your hand. Insert your index finger into your vagina. Feel for the tampon and push it further up until you can't feel it or as far as you can.
- When you're sliding in the barrel, twist the applicator at the same time. It will help the barrel glide inside you.
- It may take a couple tries to get it in right the first time and this is completely okay. Take a break and try again in a couple hours.
- If you are nervous, your muscles may tense up making it harder for you to insert a tampon. I know telling someone to just relax almost never works so just keep trying and eventually you will become more comfortable and relaxed.
- Make a mental note of the time. A tampon shouldn't be worn for over 8 hours. (There should be more information about this on the box)
- You can pee with a tampon inside you. I find it helps to lift up the string so you're not peeing on it.
- 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.
- Wearing a pantiliner will help catch leaks
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