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How to take out a tampon

How to take out a tampon

It’s super easy!

how to take out a tampon
Removing a tampon is as easy as putting one in! Well actually, it’s much easier since there is only one step!

Start by sitting on the toilet. Reaching inbetween your legs, pull the tampon string out the same angle that you put it in and it should just slide right out.

I like to do this sitting down because it is less messy this way. Any blood that drips out just goes into the toilet bowl and the tampon doesn’t fall onto my panties.

Once you’ve removed your tampon, wrap it up in toilet paper and throw it in the trash. Do not flush the tampon.

Remove your tampon immediately if…

Using tampons puts you at risk of contracting Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). The following is a list of TSS symptoms but only one or two symptoms may occur:

  • Sudden fever (usually 102°F or more)
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Red rash that looks like sunburn on any part of your body
  • Dizziness or feeling faint when standing upUsing tampons puts you at risk of contracting Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). These are TSS symptoms but only one or two symptoms may occur.

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About Dedy Wong

Dedy is the founder of The Period Blog and creator of The Little Red Kit. Her period is around 30 days long and likes to use pads and tampons -although she has tried just about everything including menstrual cups and period subscription boxes!


  1. what if the string gets broken in that case how to take it out? is it possible to wear tampon without the applicator ??

  2. Hey Laura S. it is so true when you take the tampon out and bleed for about 1-3 hours ive been there done that haha…..

  3. I have always worn pads but I decided to be on the swim team. So I want to start wearing tampons (Playtex Pearl Active- Regular Size). I can put them in really easy, once it’s in I don’t feel it. But it hurts when I take it out, most of the time it doesn’t seem “full” even after 5-6 hours but one time I did leak through it and it still hurt to take it out. How and when should I take the tampon out?

    • Hi Sydney,

      I’m not sure why they would hurt to take out. I would suggest you try a different brand of tampon. It could be the shape of how the tampon expands that is causing you discomfort. Not really sure but just an idea. If it is really concerning you, I suggest you see your doctor.

      Your friend,
      The Period Blog

  4. Hi,

    I’m fifteen and I’m going to the beach and every time I try putting in tampons I always chicken out in the end! Is it true that it can hurt putting it in? I’m just always nervous everyime!!!

  5. Hi, I’m 15 and I’m going camping this weekend with family, and we’re all going swimming, I’ve never used a tampon I’ve always used pads, but now that I heard of TSS I’m terrified! How rare is it to get TSS? And does it hurt to put in, and take out a tampon?

    • Hi Rebecca,

      Tampon – no it doesn’t hurt to take in and out but it may be a little painful or uncomfortable the first time. If the tampon is saturated, it should be easy to take out :).

      TSS – it’s rare but it can happen. As long as you change your tampon at least once every 8 hours (but really you will likely need to change it at the 5 hour mark) and that you are aware of the TSS symptoms then you should be okay.

      Your friend,
      The Period Blog

  6. Why can’t tampons be flushed
    Why does it need an applicator and a string
    Can tampons have side effects

    • They can’t be flushed because it can clog the toilet, and not all tampons have a applicator I’ve just heard it’s easier with one. And they need the string to pull out the tampon (:

  7. I’ve tried a lot of times with tampons. All different angles and positions. Everytime I take it out it hurts so badly.
    I’ve always just avoided swimming on my period/using tampons because taking them out hurts too much.
    I have a beach vacation with my entire family tomorrow and my period just started. I don’t want to sit on the sidelines but I don’t know what else to do!
    Any suggestions?

  8. i have used a couple tampons and I use the regular ones but every time I take it out it hurts , but my period leaks in about 1 hour or so and the whole string is saturated , but if it hurts getting a regular out I’m sure a super isn’t going to feel much better . I can’t keep leaking everywhere !

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