We think tampons are great. They’re easy to use and let you do whatever and wear whatever when you have your period for ultimate period freedom. Once you get the hang of them, we think you’ll love them, too. Learning how to correctly insert a tampon is easy as pie. We’re here to help.
First, pick out which kind of tampons you want to use. If you’re new to using tampons, we recommend starting with an applicator tampon like TAMPAX Compak Pearl. They have a rounded tip and grip marks for easy insertion.How to Correctly Insert a Tampon
Now, you’re all set to get started on your very own lesson on how to correctly insert a tampon. Here goes.
Why It’s Important to Properly Insert a Tampon
- Wash your hands. This is an important step in how to properly insert a tampon. We touch lots of stuff throughout the day with our hands and don’t want any germs to get in our most sensitive areas.
- Now it’s tampon time. Take the tampon out of the wrapper. Be sure to toss the wrapper in the bin. This is the first step in how to put a tampon in correctly. Easy enough start, right?
- Using your thumb and middle finger, hold the applicator in the middle where the inner tube meets the outer tube. There’s a special textured grip mark so it’s easy to hold.
- Find your vagina. It’s the opening in the middle – the bigger one. You can’t miss it.
- Insert the thick end of the tampon into your vagina. Angling the tampon slightly toward your back is a key component of how to put a tampon in right. That’s how your vagina is angled, so this will make it slide in more easily.
- To correctly insert a tampon, make sure you’ve put the tampon in far enough. If not, you’ll still feel the tampon when you’re going about your day. Or it may not absorb your menstrual fluid properly. Keep going until your fingers holding the grip come in contact with your skin. If they don’t touch, the tampon isn’t in far enough.
- Still holding the grips with your middle finger and thumb, use your index finger to push the inner tube of the applicator up into the outer tube that is now in your vagina. This will release the tampon from the applicator into your vagina. Gently pull the applicator out, leaving just the tampon string hanging outside your body. Voila! Just one more step along the path of the correct way to insert a tampon!
- Disposal is an important part of how to put a tampon in right. Be sure to bin the applicator. Never flush it!
Correctly inserting a tampon ensures that you’ll have a smooth tampon experience that is comfortable and effective. If it’s not inserted correctly, your tampon may not provide you the protection you want. You’ll know you’ve inserted your tampon correctly because you won’t be able to feel it because it is positioned properly in your vagina.
Inserting a tampon should never hurt. If it does, take a deep breath, go over the instructions on the correct way to insert a tampon, and try again. If you’re tensing up, take a few deep breathes and then insert. This will help your muscles relax. With a little practice, you’ll get the hang of it.