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How To Insert A Tampon: Step By Step For Beginners

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Tampons are a fantastic way to manage your period. Once you master how to use the tampon, it is usually very comfortable, and most people do not even feel it. Let's take a look at the steps below.

How To Insert A Tampon In Your Body: 5 Easy Steps

How To Use The Tampon: Step 1 Find Privacy

Find some privacy and play around with the tampon before you insert it. If it is your first time inserting a tampon, it may take a few tries and a few tampons to get it right. Find a private place where you don't feel pressured to leave so you can take your time. Have 2 to 3 extra tampons so you can understand how the tampon leaves the applicator. It's a good idea to have a few extra tampons handy. Especially in the first few months of tampon usage, you may end up needing a few backup tampons. Before you even try to insert a tampon in your body, play around with the tampon and see how the cotton material comes out of the applicator. Some tampon brands do not come with applicators, and some do. The actual tampon is the cotton part, and the applicator is the plastic part. Before inserting a tampon into your body, play around with one tampon to see how it works. Push the plastic applicator so that the tampon (the white part with the string) leaves the applicator. When inserting the tampon into your vagina, you will push on the plunger part of the applicator. This will push out the tampon from the barrel part of the applicator. See the inserting tampon diagram below.

Inserting Tampon Diagram

How To Use The Tampon: Step 2 Get Comfortable

Find a comfortable position and try to insert the tampon into your vagina. The vagina is the opening that is between the urethra (where you pee) and the rectum (where you poop). It is where blood from your menstrual period exits your body. Some people find it comfortable to stand with their legs shoulder width apart. Some women may want to place one leg on the toilet. Some people may also find it comfortable to lean forward slightly. Some women will stand to insert their tampon, while others may do it while sitting on the toilet. Standing up while inserting a tampon may give you the ability to maneuver your body. You have to figure out what position works for you to get the tampon to slide in with little resistance.

How To Use The Tampon

How To Use The Tampon: Step 3 Insert Tampon

Related: Tampon Toxic Shock Syndrome

Insert the tampon applicator into your vagina. If you feel resistance or pain, stop, pull back and try a different angle. In the beginning, use tampons marked for light flow rather than heavy flow so that the tampon is smaller and easier to manipulate. It will also be easier to insert.

How To Insert Tampon

How To Use The Tampon: Step 4 Remove Tampon Applicator

Remove the applicator by pushing the tampon into the vagina. This is where playing with the applicator ahead of time can come in handy. You already know how the applicator works. Push the back of the applicator so it pushes the tampon out of the applicator and into your vagina. You should be far enough into the vagina so that the bulky cotton part of the tampon does not stick out, but you should not be so far into the vagina that you don't have enough of a tampon string to pull. Once you have inserted the tampon, dispose of the applicator.

Diagram For Tampon Insertion

How To Use The Tampon: Step 5

It is also important to know how to take out a tampon. Sit down on the toilet and find the string of the tampon. Take out the tampon by slowly but firmly pulling on the string. The tampon, which is likely soaked in blood at this point, can be flushed into the toilet.

How To Insert A Tampon In Your Vagina: Take Home Points

Many people use tampons in addition to menstrual pads and menstrual cups during their period. Tampons are a safe way to manage your period provided that you change your tampon at regular intervals. If you have a heavy flow period you may need to change your tampon every 3 hours, but if your flow is lighter you could go longer, like 6 to 7 hours. Always change your tampon at after 7 to 8 hours. Do not leave the same tampon in for longer than 8 hours even if it is not soaked with blood. Not changing your tampon at regular intervals puts you at risk for Toxic Shock Syndrome. If you are soaking through your tampon in a few hours you will want to change it more frequently to avoid staining your clothing.

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