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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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