How Do You Use A Tampon The Right Way?

Hi Heather,

I am 14-years-old and have been getting my period for a while. I’ve always used pads, but I really want to start using tampons. I’ve tried to make them work, but I can’t figure it out. Am I supposed to be able to get them in without them hurting? And how do you know if they are in there correctly so that no blood will come out?

When you’re not familiar with them, tampons can seem like tricky, intimidating little objects out to get you. Luckily, using a tampon is one of those things that becomes super simple once you get the hang of it. After you’ve been doing it a few times, you’ll wonder why you ever stressed about them – and how you ever lived without them.

To answer your first question, yes, you should be able to get a tampon in without it hurting. A very common problem a lot of girls share is not being able to get a tampon in their vagina because of pain. I’ve answered this question before (check it out), but the advice is worth repeating: you need to relax in order to get a tampon in the first time. Most of the time tampons are difficult to use because you’re so nervous about using them. When your body is nervous, your vaginal muscles tighten up without you even realizing it, making it difficult to get things up there.

If it’s hurting you, it’s probably because you’re stressed. Also, the first few times you use a tampon, it’s normal to feel a little pressure. However, this pressure should be mild and it should go away after a little bit. If it’s actual pain that doesn’t go away, you should speak to your gynecologist.

As for your second question: tampons are relatively easy to use, once you get the hang of it. They’re pretty simple – once they’re inside of you, they absorb the blood. So, as long as you inserted it and you don’t feel any kind of bad pain, you should know that it is in correctly. Sometimes, girls put tampons in but don’t push them in enough and that can lead to leaking. If that’s happening, you’ll feel it – it will be uncomfortable. When a tampon is inserted correctly, you shouldn’t feel it at all. 

take care,

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  • herbielove

    Im 14 going 15 in feb and I have had 3 periods in over a year I havent had one in six months and I am really embarrassed to tell anyone my best friend knows I have started but I havent told my mum I have started and I am getting really worried now what shall I do?
    I am not sexually active and I am still a virgin.

    • drip

      The most important thing is tell your mum!! U have to trust her even over a best friend she will be able to help u more than a friend!

  • Alexis

    What about menstrual cups? How do you put those in correctly?