How to Put In a Tampon

If you don't want to use a traditional pad, you can always use a tampon during menstruation. The best thing about a tampon is that it allows you to run, swim and do whatever you want to without having to worry about anything. However, it is obvious to feel concerned and worried about inserting a tampon for the very first time. You may have many questions about how to put in a tampon correctly, how to confirm if you've inserted it properly, and many other related questions. Keep read to learn it.

How to Put In a Tampon

Don't let the nervousness of using a tampon for the first time to stop you from trying it. It may feel a bit difficult at first time, but it's really simple. And the way to put in a tampon may be changed a little with two kinds of tampons.

Insert a Tampon with a Built-In Applicator

  1. Use soap and water to wash your hands properly. Dry your hands and unwrap the tampon.
  2. Get in a comfortable position and hold a tampon in your dominant hand. Hold your tampon exactly in the middle while making sure the string is still visible and is away from your body.
  3. Open your labia and place the tampon in your vaginal opening.
  4. Now, push it gently until your fingers touch the applicator and your body. Just make sure the outer tube is completely inside your vagina.
  5. Use your index finger to push the inner tube on the tampon through the outer tube.
  6. Remove the outer tube once the inner tube is already in. Leave the string hanging outside of your vagina – you can use it to remove it whenever you want.

Insert a Tampon Without a Built-In Applicator

  1. Take soap and water to wash your hands properly. Dry your hands and unwrap the tampon.
  2. Make sure the string is attached to the tampon.
  3. Now get in a comfortable position to get easier access to your vaginal opening.
  4. Hold a tampon in your one hand and open your labia with your other hand. Place it in the vaginal opening and push gently. Use your index finger to push it deeper, aiming for the small of your back.
  5. Leave the string hanging outside your vagina, so you can remove it whenever you want.

FAQs About Using Tampon

It is obvious to have questions about how to put in a tampon, but before you actually try it, you may want to know a bit more about using a tampon, like:

1.  How Can You Determine the Size of a Tampon Suitable for You?

If this is the first time for you to use a tampon, you will be better off using the "slender" size tampon. Once you know the art, you can then switch to the lowest absorbency tampon. You may consider using a higher absorbency tampon if your tampon becomes saturated in a few hours. Try a lighter absorbency tampon than the one you're currently using, if it feels dry when you remove it.

2.  What Should You Do If You Fail to Insert a Tampon?

You may want to go see a healthcare provider to learn the proper way of inserting a tampon. Sometimes, you have a smaller opening in your hymen, which makes it difficult to insert tampons. It's quite rare but still possible. Getting in front of a mirror when you're putting in a tampon for the first time can also help.

3.  Is It Possible to Lose Tampon in Your Body?

There is no way a tampon can stick to your body because it comes with a strong, durable string that runs through the entire tampon.

4.  Will You Lose Your Virginity If You Put In a Tampon?

Some girls think they should not use a tampon until they've had sex or else they will lose their virginity while trying to put in a tampon. In very rare cases, a girl may stretch or tear her hymen while inserting a tampon, but even that doesn't make you lose your virginity. Only actual sex will make you do that.

5.  When Should You Remove a Tampon?

In most cases, you won't need to remove your tampon for 6-8 hours. However, that's not true for everyone. Sometimes, your tampon will get saturated quite quickly and you will have to change it in a short period. This is usually the case when you're experiencing a heavy flow. You will be better off checking on it every couple of hours to ensure you don't need a new one. If you notice blood even after inserting a tampon, it usually means you're having a very heavy flow and you need a tampon with higher absorbency and change it frequently. 

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