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How do I insert a tampon?

I can’t insert a tampon without it hurting. Is something wrong? How do I get it right? Tampons can be tricky at first, but they shouldn’t...
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UGH, I can not get it in right!
I can't get it all the way in.
I've tried 6 or 7 times already.
I know I'm in the right vicinity, because there's blood on the applicator, but I just don't know where to actually put it and angle it and everything. I've even watched guides, used a mirror, and tried different positions too. Nothing's working!
This is a lot harder than I expected! Tong

by cookiemonsterxox on 5/13/2011 5:22:06 PM


Okay its almost summer so that means my mom is going to put me into summer swimming classes.I've been having my period for ALMOST a year now. here are the questions I would like to ask.
1)Does it hurt to put a tampon on?
2)Is it safe to wear a pad when i'm swimming?
3)how can I ask my mom for the help?
thanks so much!
oh, and how do i know if my crush actually likes me?

Hey girlie -- no, it doesn't hurt, no, you shouldn't wear a pad when swimming (it will swell like a diaper) and simply tell her the issue (she's your mom Smile). Check out this article to find out if your crush likes you:  http://www.girlslife.com/post/2009/09/16/advice-love-crush-dating.aspx Smile

Brittany G. 

Brittany G.

by kkcheergirl on 5/6/2011 11:11:09 PM


i am 12 And ALL my friends use tampons i want to use them to but my mom wont let me how do i get her to let me use them i hate pads

Hey girlie! Tell your mom that you don't feel comfortable using pads and that they aren't really working for you.  
Marly Z.

by aneliese411 on 1/8/2011 9:56:29 PM


Ok Im on my 2nd period! Im having a REAL heavy flow(it goes though my underwear in like 1hr)! Ive tried a tampon befor, and I even had my mom help me, but it hurt, like really bad! I was screaming! Ive thought about it some more and Ive tried it, and now I want to use one! But Im afraid it will hurt like last time... And I like dont know how to relax AT ALL! So that makes it worse... I always think possitive thought but then when Im trying to put it in there I think of bad thought... I want to put one up there because Im tired of bleeding thought my pad!


Hey chica. Tampons take time to get used to. You may think it hurts at first because its a different feeling. But in reality, it doesn't hurt at all. In fact, I no longer feel mine when I wear it. Try reading this article on GL about putting in a tampon: http://www.girlslife.com/post/2010/10/08/How-To-Use-Tampon.aspx. Hope this helps, girlie. You can do it!

Elizabeth P.

by hottzy on 12/20/2010 1:53:44 PM


I really want to start using tampons but i'm scared to. DO you have any advice on using tampons???

Hey girlie,

I got all my advice from stuff like GL too when I started using them! The best thing I can tell you is just to RELAX and expect for it to take some practice to get it right. Remember that your body will have to adjust to the feeling of using tampons and you'll have to get the hang of it, so just try not to rush and you'll be ok. If you need tips, try talking to mom or another older girl that you trust! 

Lauren C.

by coco13 on 11/22/2010 10:55:31 PM


Will inserting a tampon break my hyman???

Hey girl,

Yes tampons typically do, but so can a lot of other things like bike riding, horseback riding, and other sports that us active girls participate in! If you have any further questions, def ask your doc, school nurse, or an adult you trust Smile 

Lauren C.

by coco13 on 11/22/2010 9:22:07 PM


MOD MOD MOD should i wear a tampon when i am playing volleyball? i dont know if people will see if i have a pad on with my spandex! HELP! Thanks



Hey chica, if you're comfortable with a tampon, I would wear one opposed to a pad. You'll feell comfier.


Becca G.

by wildcatgirl191 on 11/12/2010 11:23:12 PM


I tried to use a tampon, and it felt like something was poking me, and it hurt. I followed the instructions and it still hurt. I really want to try them though, just in case.
Please help!

When i first started using tampons, it hurt me too at first. But dont give up and keep trying. It will stop working and youll love using them Smile xoxo kerra 

Kerra S.

by msbubble5 on 11/6/2010 10:04:21 PM


i am so scared to use a tampon it what if i mess up and its so confuseing and advice?

by Icyiscool on 9/13/2010 8:36:40 PM


I am really nervous to insert a tampon. I have tried before but the feeling freaked me out. I would really like to try tampons. How can I be less nervous? Should I just go ahead and not think about it? please help so I can try as soon as I get my next period!



It is a little bit scary, but just try to relax. the calmer you are, the easier it will be. Look in the tampons box, there should be a small pamphlet with easy to follow instructions on insertion! Also, ask your mom or big sis for help!

Bridget R.

by divab019 on 8/24/2010 12:29:38 PM

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