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TAMPONS | How to insert a tampon for the first time?

If you just started to get your period, you are probably wondering how to insert a tampon. Here are some period tips to help you learn how to use a tampon

Choose a comfortable position. You may want to sit on the toilet with your knees apart, stand with one foot on the toilet or squat with your knees apart. It is important to relax your vaginal muscles for comfortable insertion. Try to relax your body and don’t worry! Many girls wonder how to use a tampon, especially their first time.

Remove the wrapper. Hold the inner tube firmly and pull on the removal cord to make sure it is securely attached to the tampon. If you are using a compact tampon, pull the inner tube all the way out. Now, place your thumb and middle finger on the finger grips on the bottom of the outer tube. Place your forefinger at the very end of the inner tube at the bottom of the applicator.

Use your fingers on your other hand to gently separate your vaginal opening. Now put the rounded tip of the plastic applicator in the vaginal opening. Point the applicator toward your lower back and gently push it into your vagina in the direction of least resistance.

Keep a firm grip on the outer applicator tube and use your forefinger to push the end of the lower tube until it is all the way in the outer tube.  Now remove the applicator. Make sure you are not touching the cord as you remove the applicator. Can you flush tampons in the toilet? Definitely not. The applicator cannot be flushed into the toilet, and neither can the used tampon. You must dispose of your applicator and used tampon in the garbage.

When the tampon is inserted correctly you will not feel it. If you are uncomfortable, the tampon may not be inserted deeply enough inside your vagina.  To feel more comfortable, you can push the tampon in further with your middle finger or remove the tampon and try again with a new tampon.

If you are having trouble inserting a tampon and are still wondering how to put in a tampon, ask for help from your mother or a friend whom you trust. If you still do not manage to insert it, seek advice from your doctor.  

The need to change your tampon will depend on your individual flow; however, you should change your tampon at least every four to eight hours to reduce the risk to TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome). It is also recommended to consult your doctor before reusing tampons if you have already been subject to Toxic Shock Syndrome symptoms.

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