How to insert a tampon? Teens can get really stressed out with inserting tampons.
If you are a novice or want to try tampons other than what you have been using before, the instructions below should make you comfortable with putting in a tampon.
Tampons are just one of the menstrual products available to absorb menstrual blood. If you think you may not be able to use them at the moment, a good option is the menstrual pad also called the sanitary napkin.
Before getting to how to insert a tampon, please note these few points.
- If the tampon feels uncomfortable, it may not be inserted properly. Tampons should not hurt when they are inside or make you feel uneasy.
- Tampons do not change your virginity or your hymen in most cases. If you are a virgin, you do not stop being one after using a tampon!
- Tampons can cause a serious health condition called toxic shock syndrome so be sure to change them every 4-6hrs and use a pad at night. Tampons are easy to forget!!
How To Insert A Tampon
The following instructions should get you to know how to insert a tampon. That assumes you should have bought the right tampon size for you and read the manufacturers instructions. Be sure to read the leaflet that comes in with the tampon package.
First, relax!! It is difficult as a young girl to do it with no anxiety but keep it in moderation. Your muscles may contract and make it more difficult to insert the tampon. In fact you may even be so nervous to drop the tampon on the floor. If that should happen, discard the tampon, get a new one, take a deep breath, relax and continue!
Then wash you hands with soap and water and unwrap a new tampon.
If necessary,lubricate the tip of the tampon with lubricants like K-Y jelly, not petroleum jelly or any thing irritating!
Take a comfortable position
Find the position that is comfortable for you. The goal is to relax and open the vagina muscles while keeping you comfortable. Many teens may prefer to stand and bend both knees gently forward. You may also sit or stand with one leg on the bathtub.
Inserting the applicator
- Grab the applicator. Use your thumb and middle fingers of your dominant hand( the one you write with) to grab the applicator at the spot where the smaller, inner tube inserts into the larger, outer tube. Remember to keep your pointer finger away from the applicator.
- Position the applicator so that the tip is towards your vagina, somewhat upwards towards the small of your back and that the tampon cord is facing outwards and clearly visible.
- With your other hand, open the labia (the folds of skin around the vaginal opening) and position the applicator so that the tip is towards your vagina, somewhat upwards towards the small of your back and that the tampon cord is facing outwards and clearly visible.
- Gently push the tampon into the opening, aiming for the small of your back.This will be done using your thumb and middle finger as though just pushing in the outer tube. Stop when your fingers touch your body and the applicator, or outer tube, is completely inside the vagina.
- Once the outer tube is in the vagina, push the plunger( inner tube, where the string is attached) with your index finger to slide in the tampon out of the applicator into the vagina.
- Once the inner tube is all the way in, use your thumb and middle finger to remove the applicator or outer tube. (See picture 3 below). 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.
Dispose the applicator
Dispose the applicator according to the manufacturers instructions.
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. Hopefully, you did not get a size too big for you! However, if you feel uncomfortable, grap the string and gently pull the tampon and start again with a new tampon. Do not be overwhelmed if you miss it the first try;many of your mates do! So just take a deep breath and try again!
Still not making It
If you fail to do it repeatedly, discussing with your mom may be the immediate best option. If that is not possible, you may use a pad and make an appointment to see your healthcare examination to be sure there is no anatomic problem with your vagina.
Removing the tampon
Take hold of the string and gently pull it out of your vagina.
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