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 with an applicator.
Before inserting a tampon, it’s important to understand how a tampon works and where it goes inside your body.
A tampon has two parts: the tampon and the string. The applicator has three parts: the barrel, grip, plunger. Cardboard or plastic, every applicator will have the same parts. Can you identify these parts on your tampon?
To use the applicator, you hold on to the grip, insert the barrel inside your vaginal opening and push the plunger into the barrel to push out of the applicator. That’s basically how an applicator is used. Pretty simple right? Now let’s go through each step in detail so you can be a real pro at this!
- Give the string a light tug to make sure it’s attached properly. I always do this just in case but I’ve never had a string break on me.
- Also check the tip of the barrel to ensure it’s smooth and that there are no sharp plastic parts.
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.
When you’re sitting down, your vagina is parallel to the floor, not perpendicular. So slide it in at an angle, aiming for your lower back. It will slide most smoothly this way. Do not push it straight up because it won’t go in smoothly.
If you got it in, then you have it in correctly. Good job!
If you need more help, check out our guide: How to find your vaginal opening
When it’s in the right place, it will sit in the upper two thirds of the vagina where you won’t be able to feel it. This is because the upper two thirds of the vagina isn’t very sensitive to touch. You need to push the tampon up until it’s in this area.
- Use your finger, insert it inside your vaginal opening and feel for the bottom of the tampon. Use your finger and push it up further until you can’t feel it.
- Just take it out and start all over with a new tampon
Don’t worry! Try these helpful tips!:
- When you’re sliding in the barrel, twist the applicator at the same time. The twisting motion will help the barrel glide right in!
- Wait until there is lots of period blood. The blood will help lubricate the applicator 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 totally 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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