In this blog post, I’ll show you 3 easy steps to finding your vaginal opening so you know where to insert your tampon!
Many girls tell me they need help finding their opening because they aren’t sure where to insert their tampon. But many girls also tell me they think period blood is icky and want to find their opening without looking!
The easiest way to find your vaginal opening is by looking and feeling.
I know period blood can be kind of icky but you will need to get used to it. It’s your own period blood and your own body. There is nothing to be afraid of and you cannot break anything down there. If you get period blood on your hands just wash it off!
Use a hand mirror and place it in between your legs so you can see your vagina.
You will see something like this:
Use your fingers and spread your inner lips apart.
Your vaginal opening is located in between your inner lips so use your fingers to spread your lips apart. You will see something like this:
Your vaginal opening may not look like an open hole like it is in this diagram. That’s because the vaginal opening isn’t just an open hole you can see. It is an opening that can stretch to open like you see in the diagram and can shrink so that it is concealed or hidden.
If you haven’t found your vaginal opening yet, move on to Step 3.
Push your finger in between your inner lips. Your inner lips will spread apart to your opening
You do not need to spread your lips in this step.
Your finger may even slide inside your vaginal opening. This is exactly how a tampon applicator slides inside.
Your vaginal opening leads to your vaginal canal. Remember your vaginal canal isn’t perpendicular (straight up and down). Your vaginal opening is PARALLEL (sideways) to the ground. So to find your opening, insert your finger at an angle like you see in this diagram here:
Pretend the tampon applicator is your finger!
It’s much easier to find your vaginal opening when you can feel with your fingers!
Don’t worry, you cannot break your hymen by sliding your finger or tampon applicator inside. The hymen is like a ring of skin that can stretch to fit your finger or tampon applicator.
It is also impossible to accidentally put your finger or tampon applicator inside your urethral opening or pee hole. The urethral opening is too small and your finger is too big.
Are you still having trouble finding your vaginal opening?
Don’t worry! I have some very helpful tips to find your vaginal opening by looking and feeling:
- If you are on your period, feel with your fingers where the blood is coming from. Your period blood leaves your body from your vaginal opening.
- It may be helpful to not look at all and just feel for your vaginal opening using your fingers. It is the only hole your finger can slide into.