- Learn how to wear a tampon the right way. This Article shows a girl putting in a tampon to explain to you how to use tampons without hurting yourself. Tampons or sanitary pads are needed when you menstruate (bleeding) and have periods. All of you must have asked the question of how to stop periods.
- If you have decided to use a tampon instead of a sanitary pad, your first question would be how to put on a tampon. We know that for the first time, it can seem scary. Now the box usually should have directions but follow along with me as I talk you through it.
- So you go to the store and go shopping for tampons. You have a few options, cardboard, plastic, or applicator-free. For your first time, I recommend a plastic applicator and get a thin or regular absorbency. You can work your way up to a larger size but for now, start small.
How To Use A Tampon For The First Time:
- Wash your hands. You will be all up in your lady bits so you want to make sure you have clean hands.
- Sit on the toilet and spread your knees far apart or if you stand, put one foot higher like on the toilet seat. Whatever works for you.
- Take the tampon out of the wrapper and hold it correctly. At the midpoint of the tampon where the smaller tube meets the larger tube (sometimes it has ridges), hold it between your thumb and middle finger like this. Place your pointer finger on the end of the applicator (the part where the string would come out)
- Slowly insert the top, thicker half of the applicator into the vagina. You want to go in at an angle towards your back so that the tampon should go in smoothly. If it won’t go any further, you have hit a vaginal wall so re-angle. You insert till your fingers hit your vagina.
- Now use your index finger to push the thinner part of the applicator. You’ll feel the tampon more a few more inches inside of you and you should stop where the thick and thin ends of the applicator meet.
- Pull out the applicator. If you have followed instructions correctly the applicator should be automatically on its way out. You may have to get it a gentle tug. Don’t worry, you won’t pull the tampon out with it.
- Check for comfort. Now if you have done it correctly, you shouldn’t be able to feel the tampon at all. If you feel the pain to sit down or walking around, then something’s wrong, most likely the tampon isn’t far enough. Take it out and try again with a new one.
- Speaking of taking it out, this is how. Do you see the string that dangles? Well once your tampon is completely absorbed, you should be able to just tug the string and pull the tampon out of you. Since your vaginal walls are lubricated with menstrual blood, it would be pretty painless.
- Don’t tense up, just relax. Now if you feel some pain or friction, it’s probably because the tampon is too dry. That means either you should switch to lower absorbency or you should wait longer before trying to take it out.
Wash your hands thoroughly. Unwrap the tampon and find a comfortable position, like standing with one foot elevated. Hold the tampon applicator at the grip area and gently insert the rounded tip into the vaginal opening until your fingers touch your body.
Insert the tampon until the grip area of the applicator meets your body. The tampon should be comfortably positioned in the upper part of the vaginal canal. If you feel discomfort, it may not be inserted far enough.
You should not feel the tampon if it is inserted correctly. The string should hang outside the body. If you feel discomfort or the tampon is noticeable, it may not be inserted properly and should be adjusted.
Tampons should be changed every 4-8 hours to prevent the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) and to maintain personal hygiene. Never leave a tampon in for more than 8 hours.
Yes, tampons are suitable for swimming and exercise. They stay in place, absorb menstrual flow, and are discreet. Change the tampon before and after swimming or exercising to ensure comfort and hygiene.
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