Illustration on how to use a tampon - Libresse

It’s natural to feel a bit daunted when you first try inserting a tampon, but you’ll soon get the hang of it once it all.

Tampons come in a range of sizes that have absorbency levels to suit your menstrual flow, from light to heavy. Start with a mini tampon if you’re using tampons for the first time and see if they suit you.

First, wash your hands thoroughly. If you’re concerned about how to put in a tampon correctly, it’s a good idea to check out where it’s going first. With the help of a mirror or your fingers, find your labia – the lips of your vagina that cover the entrance. Between these is where you insert the tampon.

Next, remove the twist-off wrapper of your tampon and unwind the string – this is important for removing the tampon later. Now hold the tampon at the string end and get yourself in a comfy position – standing with one foot on the toilet lid or crouching is probably best.

Now relax the muscles in your vagina – these are the ones you use to hold pee in. If you tighten these muscles it’s much harder to insert a tampon. Next take a deep breath. Then breathe out and, holding your labia apart, locate your vaginal opening and gently push the tampon in, slanting it towards your lower back (i.e. not straight up). Gently ease the tampon into place, to the full length of your finger, with the string outside of the vagina.

Once the tampon is inserted there should be no discomfort. If there is, the tampon’s not in properly and you may need to push it in a bit further, or take it out and try again with a fresh tampon. You will know when you’ve inserted a tampon correctly because you won’t be able to feel it there. And don’t worry. A tampon can never go in too far as the entrance to the uterus is too small for a tampon to pass through. Don’t forget to wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.

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