How to use Tampon?
It might seem tricky at first, but once you learn how to insert a tampon the right way,
it becomes as easy as putting on a glove.
What are tampons and how do they work?
Tampons, like pads, are products used to absorb your menstrual flow. They are made of soft cotton pressed together to form a cylinder-like shape, so that they can be easily inserted into the opening of the vagina. A tampon absorbs your menstrual flow, or blood, before it has a chance to leave the body. Tampons come in all different sizes and absorbencies.
What size tampon should I use?
It’s a good idea to use the “slender” size tampon when you are learning how to use tampons for the first time. It’s also easier to insert it when your menstrual flow is moderate to heavy as this allows the tampon to glide in more easily.
Instructions on how to insert a non-applicator tampon:
- Wash your hands with soap and water. With dry hands, unwrap the tampon. If you drop the tampon on the floor, throw it away and begin again with a new tampon. The tampon should be completely sealed in plastic wrap. If not, select another tampon and unwrap it with clean hands.
- Unwrap the tampon directions on the box.
- Tug on the string to make sure the string is securely attached to the tampon
- Sit or stand in a comfortable position. Some women prefer to place one leg on the toilet seat or tub, while others prefer to squat down. After you find a position that is most comfortable for you, hold the end of the tampon, at the spot where the tampon dents in. Make sure the string is visible and pointing away from your body.
- With your other hand, open the labia (the folds of skin around the vaginal opening) and position the tampon in the vaginal opening.
- Gently push the tampon into the opening, aiming for the small of your back.
- Once the tampon is inside of your vagina, use your index or “pointer” finger to push the tampon in.
- Make sure that the string hangs outside of your vaginal opening. Later, when you are ready to remove the tampon, hold the string and gently pull it downward until the entire tampon is out.
- Remember to wash your hands before inserting a tampon and again after you take one out.
If the tampon is inserted correctly, you should not feel it. If you feel uncomfortable in any way, you may have inserted the tampon incorrectly or the tampon may not be placed far enough into the vagina. If this happens, just remove the tampon and start again with a new tampon. Remember that practice makes perfect. If you don’t get it on the first try, your second try will most likely be successful. Instead of getting frustrated and giving up, relax and try again!