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My Period Diary: My first tampon story

After 8 years of having my period and never once tried a tampon, I have finally decided to try one for the first time! I was a pretty avid swimmer in highschool but when I got my period, I would just skip swimming for the whole week. I wasn’t very fond of the idea of sticking something into my vagina to absorb my period.

I’ve always been scared of the whole insertion process but I feel that I know my body well enough to at least try.

It’s day 2 of my period and I decided to go with the Natracare Organic & Natural Cotton Tampon. It has a cardboard applicator and it isn’t too different from the plastic applicators.

Natracare Tampons
Basically you put the applicator inside you until the grooves and then you push the end of the plunger inside. This will push the tampon into place. Finally, you pull out the applicator and you are finished. The string is the only thing that is outside of you while the tampon is worn inside. Sounds easy right?

Before I put the tampon in, I washed my hands and I wiped myself with toilet paper. I decided to not do a complete wipe and left some blood there for lubrication. You can use a personal lubricants as well.

I wasn’t sure how I should have been standing or sitting so I had to try several times.

Natracare tamponsNatracare tampons
Try #1
On my first try I put one foot on the toilet seat and one foot on the ground. I inserted the tampon at an angle and I even put a mirror in front of me so I could see.

I couldn’t actually see much but it helped a little. I pushed it in but it would only go in so far before it hurt! So I just pulled it out to try again. I saw some blood on the tip of the tampon so I knew it was going in the right place.

Try #2
Okay so the one leg up thing didn’t work so this time I tried squatting because I heard this would help open up the vagina more.

This position was NOT helpful at all. I couldn’t even see where I was putting the applicator or if it was going in. It was also hard to angle it the right way and it still hurt. It went in even less than the first time so I pulled it out again.

Try #3
So I decided to go back to the first position with one foot up on the toilet seat but this time I lifted my leg a little higher so I could see the mirror better. This helped A LOT.

It still hurt but now I could clearly see that it was slowly sliding in and I think I became a bit more relaxed and comfortable with this process. Finally I got it up to the grooves so I pushed the plunger in.

I could feel the tampon being pushed into place. This part didn’t hurt. I pulled the applicator out and about 2 inches of string was hanging outside of me.

There was some blood on the applicator so I wrapped it up in toilet paper and disposed of it in the garbage can. I also put on a pantiliner to catch any leaks.

I was so happy I got it in! I did it!!! I knew it was in the right place too because I could barely feel the tampon.

I was really surprised at how easy it was and how comfortable tampons feel. It was a bit frustrating getting the applicator in but everything after that was easy. I feel extremely clean right now and it is a really weird but good feeling that I have my period but there is nothing coming out. I am so used to seeing blood coming out and onto my pad.

If you are ever curious and want to try a tampon, I highly recommend that you go and try it! Don’t be scared!

How was your first experience using a tampon? Let me know in the comments!

xo,
-Dedy

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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!

33 comments

  1. Let me put it this way… I wasn’t on my period but wanted to try before i actually was on it, first time i did it almost right but freaked out before it was in, the second d the I got it right, but like I said, I wasn’t on my period, so I had to pull on our, dry
    Ouch

  2. Bought my very first box of tampons a few days ago. i got my period a couple of hours later and could’nt wait to get home and try inserting one.
    I opened the box and read the entire leaflet and started doing exacly what the instructions were saying.
    unfortunately non of the steps worked for me. I just couldnt get it in. It hurt so bad.
    I managed to get it in after labouting for thirty minutes. I then spent the next two hours reading tips on how to insert a tampon for virgins. I’m 22 by the way and now that I’m getting the hang of it, I dont see myself buying a packet of pads any time soon. TAMPONS ARE MANKIND’S GIFT TO MANKIND

  3. I put one in the day after I got my period I had gymnastics that day. I squared on the toilet and it worked first try😵 It was pretty cool

  4. Hi there Dedy! I need a little bit of advice, because I don’t have applicator tampons in my country, and I can’t try with my finger because it makes me feel very sick and gross. There are no online stores which can ship to me, so I’m not really sure what to do. Most of the advice on this blog has really helped though, so thank you for that😄

  5. Hey Dedy, once I had a title bit of blood in my underwear for a few days, but I had never had it before and then it went away. What is wrong with me?

  6. Hey Dedy, my mom said a while ago that I should be starting my period soon. I went through a short time where I was, like, super sure I was going to get it within the next few months or so. Then I didn’t get it. My mom was my age almost EXACTLY, and there was one time where there was a little bit of red stuff in my underwear for a few days, but then it went away. I JUST turned eleven on the sixth of December, this month.

    • You probably have started your period, and it is just irregular. Don’t worry, though this is normal for your first two years of your period. It may also be very light. Don’t fret over this, either, on my first period m, I hardly even found out that I had gotten it! Wait a little longer and see if you “bleed” anymore. If you do it probably is your period. If not, and it has been a while, maybe a year, you should contact a doctor or talk to your mom

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