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.
I like to hold it using three fingers. My index finger in the groove and my middle finger and thumb holding the tampon. The finger in the groove will act as the applicator, pushing the tampon into place in our next step. This is how I hold it but you can hold it in whichever way works for you.
Use your thumb and middle finger to hold and guide the tampon while using your index finger to push it in.
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!
Push it all the way in aiming for your lower back until you can’t feel it anymore. This will typically be the full length of your finger. Remember that the vaginal canal is parallel to the ground, meaning it is sideways and not straight up and down. That’s why we’re aiming for our lower back.
Sometimes this step is a little uncomfortable because the tampon may be too dry. The lower third of the vaginal canal (closest to the opening) has a lot more nerves that are sensitive to touch than the upper two thirds, making it more sensitive to the friction of a dry tampon rubbing against your vaginal walls. It may even feel a little painful at first but once you get it past the lower third of the vaginal canal, it goes in a lot easier.
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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