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I can't get the hang of tampons

I’ve been on my period for two-and-a-half years and I want to use tampons but every time I try to put one in, it hurts...
69 Comments | Add Yours

Mod mod mod!!!
For my period what pads do you suggest? Now I use maxi pads, but do those thin Always Infinity pads actually work?


Hey! I like U by kotex, but I haven't tried that brand, I bet it's good though! Smile Good luck choosing!

Helen S.

by Ralinia on 7/18/2013 6:40:51 PM


These are great tips. GL, you are so right, it has so much to do with the angle when you try to put them in. They dryness is also important. That is why a good lubricant can help. My friend is going through problems with trying to use tampons. wikihow.com also has a good explanation on how and what to do when it comes to aunt flo and tampons.

by fashionqn on 1/20/2013 11:09:06 PM


I'm a competitive swimmer and for the first time my period came when i have a meet... I've tried tampons (i've used an entire box trying to get one in!) and it NEVER works. I've tried everything, what should I do?


Hey girlie, sorry for the tampon troubles. Lots of girls have this issue. Check these articles out. I really think they will help! 



Lauren I.

by swimmergirl14 on 11/2/2012 2:51:12 PM


Hey girl,

Don't be afraid to ask your mom for help! She's a girl, so she knows what it's like. Good luck!

Meghan D.

by pinkguitar98 on 6/15/2012 9:06:34 PM



by pinkguitar98 on 6/15/2012 9:02:16 PM


MOD MOD MOD!!!! HELP!!! im goin on vacation to a waterpark tomorrow and i just got my period!!!! ive tried to use tampons but they hurt when i touch the tampon on my vagina.... is there any way to make the tampon glide in? thanks!!!



Hey girly! Check out these tips for inserting a tampon without hassle. And, have fun at the water park! Smile


Becca G.

by kamilea1313 on 7/17/2011 9:06:14 PM


MODMODMOD I just got my period this morning and i already hate pads but when i tried to put in a tampon i couldnt get it in..what should i do?

Hey girly,
It's probably best to go to your mom or a close family friend on this one. They will be able to help you out.

Catie C.

by lennyhommie on 6/6/2011 4:12:17 PM


Hey akward Question but is the whole applicator supposed to go in your vagina (as in whole applicator I mean to the ring in the middle) and if not how far should it go into it and what part of my back should I aim for when putting it in?
Thanks bunches,

Hey girlie. Yea, try to push it to the ring if you can. There's no particular part of your back to aim for. Just try to adjust it and push it in so it's comfortable. The more you practice, the more you will realize which angle is best for you.  
Marly Z.

by mfricks on 4/11/2011 4:29:27 PM


mod mod mod!!
I'm 14 and just got accepted to the high school of my dreams. I have cheerleading clinics on Tuesday and I just got my period today. From what I know there is going to be a lot of tumbling so I was just wondering if a pad would work. If not, how can I tell my mom that I want tampons. Also, do tampons hurt when you take them out? Thanks for answering (:
PS: I've had my period for almost 2 years

Hey girlie,

Pads should be fine, but if you want to try tampons, they shouldn't hurt.  Just tell your mom you want to be safe to avoid any potential embarrassing moments while tumbling! 
Ruth S.

by RainKisses on 4/2/2011 6:36:54 PM


ok so i just got some tampons and i haven't tried to put one in yet....i am pretty scared. but my problem is that i was suppose to have my period a few days ago. i'm 12 so i'm not pregnant. its frustrating because its spring break and i don't want to go anywhere because what if i start my period?? ugh!!!! what do i do???

Hey girlie. There are instructions in the tampon box about how to put one in, so don't worry. Don't let being scared about that influence your decision to go somewhere for spring break. Go have fun! Just make sure you have pads/tampons with you at all times incase you do get your period.
Marly Z.

by Alykat18 on 3/16/2011 3:57:16 PM


Ok im still gettting used to the whole period thing because I just started a couple months ago. I'm a major sports girl and I really want to wear a tampon to make me feel more comfortable. But what is the plastic tube?Like i don't know what to do exactly... This is sooo frustrating and confusing!

Hey girlie! Check out this article:  http://www.girlslife.com/post/2009/06/23/007-Period-Advice.aspx Smile

Brittany G. 
Brittany G.

by sportygrl_101 on 3/11/2011 10:48:33 PM


MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD!!!!!!!!!!!!
my mom says i am too young for tampons even though i am 13 and i really want to try one because pads always soak up the blood and when i sit down it soils my pants!!i was wondering if there is a certain age or time i should try tampons.

I think you should tell her why you dont wanna use pads anymore. If you give her reasons im sure she'll let you try them out. xoxo kerra 
Kerra S.

by LoveMeHateMe90210 on 3/6/2011 4:49:20 PM


They make tampons with or without applicators and I have only ever used them with the plastic applicator. You cant tense up when putting them in because it causes the muscles down there to tighten not allowing them to go in easy. For that reason you can use lube to help them slide in easier. Just practice using your fingers a few times because it does help and use a good lube.

by luckykel on 2/5/2011 12:57:37 AM


Mod! is it normal that I am 12 and still have no period I am like really confused please write back!!!!!!!!!!! Frown

Hey Girlie, its completely normal don't worry about it you will get it by the time you are 16, every girl is different.  
Paige T.

by rooty+easty on 1/30/2011 9:24:31 PM


hey mod---
i'm supposed to have swimming in gym class in 2 weeks, which happens to be at the same time that i'm supposed to get my period. i can't figure out how to use tampons, is there anything else i could do if i get my period while we have swimming in gym? im kinda freaking out about this. Frown
thanks! Smile

Tampons are kinda your only option. Sorry girl but keep practicing!! Youll get better. I promise. Soon youll love them like i do. xoxo kerra 

Kerra S.

by calivolleyball95 on 1/26/2011 10:38:50 PM


I've had my period since i was 11. (im 13 now) and i'm so ready to wear tampons because i hate the feeling of being all bloody and gross in class... especially the classes i have with my crush... Anyways, i got the U by Kotex ones, that are regular size which is the smallest. and i just tried to put one in (scaaaryyy) but it wouldnt go in all the way and it kinda hurt. did i do something wrong? idk. I'll try again tomorrow, but can you give me some advice on how to do it right, and make it easier on myself?
thank you,
<3 brazilrocks

Hey girlie. Make sure you push the applicator inside you first. Then push the slider part up so that the tampon comes out. Then pull out the applicator. 
Marly Z.

by BrazilRocks on 1/22/2011 9:22:37 PM


I was soooo scared to use a super tampon, but then i tried it and it wasn't bad at all it was just like any other tampon i had ever worn!!!

by lilypod65 on 1/21/2011 1:56:58 PM


Is it possible to never get your period

by flogo2223 on 1/18/2011 3:24:01 AM


Gee, tampons work just fine for me!

by ninjagirl2 on 1/17/2011 6:52:10 PM


I seriously ♥ tampons.

by dancingqueen6 on 1/16/2011 12:32:26 AM


i've been homeschooled always, but i'm starting junior high (9th grade) next year because i'm very lonely out here on my farm and i have no idea what to expect! what do i do?

Hey girlie,  every school is different so it's hard for me to tell you what to expect. Just be really outgoing the first couple weeks and meet as many new people that you can.

Lauren T.

by lovla1 on 1/15/2011 5:35:25 PM


Okay so i am new to tampons and thanks you you girls help i can insert one, but when i push the button thingy to slide it up and then pull the plastic tube out, the tampon comes out with it! How do i fix this? I really think tampons will make me feel less insecure.

by sydiscool on 1/14/2011 8:45:49 PM


Okay! Thanks for the input!

by pumpkinerin on 1/13/2011 7:18:54 PM


MOD MOD MOD Is it okay to leave a tampon in for the whole school day (around 8am-3pm)



Hey girly! You shouldn't leave a tampon in for over 8 hours. If you do, you're at a greater risk of getting toxic shock syndrome. So, I'd make sure to change it right before you go to school, and as soon as you get home.


Becca G.

by pumpkinerin on 1/13/2011 6:59:01 PM


It does hurt at first but once you get it in, you will never want to use pads again

by Iluvboyz20 on 1/13/2011 4:50:59 PM


I've been using scented for years and I'm not dead yet

by Iluvboyz20 on 1/13/2011 4:47:52 PM


I tried to use a tampon for the first time today and it really hurt. Everyone says you shouldn't feel it. I'm scared that I'm not able to wear tampons.

by Softballqueen97 on 1/10/2011 12:00:05 AM


okay so everytime i use a tampon and take it out my period stop so a while, like i would say 3 hours. I understand it's probably since the tampon sucked up all the blood, but does that mean that tampons can make my period go by faster? because it sucks up the blood faster?



Hey girlie, no your period doesn't go by faster it still would be the same number of days 

Paige T.

by kupcake101 on 1/9/2011 9:47:43 PM


The first time I tried, it wouldnt go in and hurt. You have to make sure you're putting it at the right angle, otherwise its not actually going in.

by ilovedolphinz on 1/9/2011 5:49:17 PM


 MOD! I haven't gotten my period yet but is it better to use tampons or pads for your first period?

Hey girlie! Most girls start out wearing pads then transfer over to tampons. It is your choice though! Neither is a "better" option; it's just personal preference. 
Marly Z.

by shannon5622 on 1/8/2011 5:52:22 PM


Is there anything wrong with using scented tampons? My mom said that whatever makes them scented shouldn't be in your body, but I feel better about using scented ones.
Please Help!

hey! it's really about personal preference, whatever you feel comfortable with 

Helen S.

by v-ball_player on 1/8/2011 2:06:02 PM


MOD MOD MOD! My period came today, unexpectedly while I was at school. I was totally unprepared, so I had to stuff toilet paper in my underwear. But this is like the heaviest period I've ever had! I've had my period for a year, and used tampons, but only regulars. I am scared of using super because they are so big but my period is heavy! I soaked through a pad in 2 hours! PLEASE HELP!!


Hey girlie. Try using a super--it will last longer and your period will not leak. Give it a try.

Elizabeth P.

by *sTaRsTrUcK* on 1/7/2011 11:20:38 PM


MOD MOD MOD Hey i'm 12 (13 in may) i asked my mom about tampons and when i could using them, and she went crazy. She said that wat was i thinking about putting something in there that doesn't belong. i told her that everyone uses them but she is very strong about it. What should i do?


Your mom may be over reacting a bit, but in the end, she's still your mom and you have to respect her. If she doesn't think you're ready yet to use tampons, let it go for a little while and continue using pads. After a while you can bring up again and see what she says.

Bridget R.

by 3mily on 1/6/2011 1:38:03 PM


mod mod mod how does the tampon work? like does it penetrate anything? -jenni


Basically, tampons fit into your vagina so that it soaks up your period and you don't have to worry about leakage.  You don't really have to worry about it "penetrating" anything.  This article has a great explanation of how to use them, if that helps!: http://www.girlslife.com/post/2009/06/23/007-Period-Advice.aspx  

Marie H.

by chloe4ever27 on 1/3/2011 9:58:03 PM


MOD MOD MOD! my period hurts my vagina. is that normal?

Hey girlie,

What do you mean, it hurts it? How does it hurt? Sting, burn, ache? Where does it hurt? Your period might cause severe cramps but the flow itself should never hurt. If you're hurting or are irritated "down there," tell your doctor all your symptoms so they can make sure you're healthy! 

Lauren C.

by ambrode on 1/3/2011 7:34:17 PM


MOD MOD MOD!!!!!!!!
Is it ok to use pantyliners even though I don't have my period, but I get discharge?

Hey chica,

It's totally safe to use pantyliners for some extra protection! It might be a little uncomfy though... I always would've rather just gotten used to the feeling of discharge instead of using pads/pantyliners, but it's a personal decision ya gotta make for yourself!

Lauren C.

by tayswift99lap on 1/3/2011 6:45:51 PM


MOD MOD MOD: This is really embarassing, but I bought a box of regular Tampons and I can't find where to put them in! I used a little hand-mear, but I don't know which "hole" to put it in. I know it's the Vagina, but I just don't know where still! Please help!



Hey chickadee! No need to be embarasssed. We were all there once! Check out these tips for putting in a tampon like a pro Smile


Becca G.

by Aquarius1998 on 1/2/2011 6:06:22 PM


hey i got mine when i was 10 so im 13 now and i lov them. when i frist tried them they hurt for me then i got worryed and i suked it up and talked to my mom. dont be scared and if u dont hav a mom around than go to a close adult friend that u can trust.

by soccersonnie on 1/1/2011 10:37:22 PM


mod um i just got my period, and i do dance, meaning i wear a leotard, and you can see my pad ! i don't know what do , and i'm definatley not wearing a tampon ! help, please ! (:

Hey chica! I'm not sure what you mean by you can see your pad. If it's peeking out the sides of your leotard, then try wearing 2 leotards. Maybe the first one will help conceal it. Pads are much harder to conceal than tampons, but you might want to give tampons a second chance. Once you get the hang of them, they are great to use. You can't feel them when inserted properly, and they are completely concealed. 

Marly Z. Brittany G.

by icecreamluver99 on 1/1/2011 10:14:09 PM


The best first tampon is Playtex Gentle Glide, the multi pack with Slender Lights and Slender Regulars, so you can switch sizes once your done with the lights. It got recommended to me from one of my friends so I tried them and I loveed it! The fact that they were slender helped them get in easier oh and the reason they might of hurt is because you were probably tense or anxious which caused your muscles to tense up or you started off with a too big tampon.

by losdiaz on 12/30/2010 11:25:49 PM


hang in there i'm 12 and don't use tampons just yet

by berry on 12/30/2010 6:37:22 PM


hang in there i'm 12 and i don't use tampons just yet

by berry on 12/30/2010 6:36:45 PM


hang in there i'm 12 and i don't won't to use tampons yet.

by berry on 12/30/2010 6:34:46 PM


i'm 12 but i don't think i'm ready to use tampons just yet.

by berry on 12/30/2010 6:33:27 PM


I found for me it was very easy to use tampons. Right away i was able to put it in and it worked! But i seriously hate my period it comes at the worst times possible. -.-

by lululemon-gal12 on 12/30/2010 1:17:54 PM


Mod is it bad if you leave in a tampon for too long ?



Hey chica! Don't leave a tampon in for over 8 hours. If you do, then you'll be at greater risk for getting toxic shock syndrome.


Becca G.

by SophieGirl(: on 12/29/2010 8:36:42 PM


Hey could it hurt because of your hymen? That is why my best friend rfuses to use tampons.

by *gabs*! on 12/28/2010 9:20:40 PM


Hey i'm 12 (13 in may) i asked my mom about tampons and when i could using them, and she went crazy. She said that wat was i thinking about putting something in there that doesn't belong. wat do i do?

by 3mily on 12/28/2010 7:17:11 PM


Tampons don't hurt me at all,not really sure if that's normal....

by oliviasayshi13 on 12/28/2010 7:04:09 PM


MOD MOD MOD! Okay, so I've had my period for 3 years now and always have used pads. My period is always very heave and usually goes through the pad onto my underwear and sometime throught my pants. I want to start using tampons because of this, plus I play on a travel softball team so I'm always playing which makes it even worse. My mom said I would when I turn 14 (which will be in March) but I heard you can get a serious infection or something from tampons. I know absolutely nothing about this but now I'm scared to use them. Can you explain this infection? And am I going to get it if I use them? Please answer as soon as possible! Thanks! Smile


The infection that people worry about getting from tampons is Toxic Shock Syndrome, or TSS.  You can get the deets about it here:  http://www.girlslife.com/post/2008/07/31/TSS-Tampons.aspx.  The good news is, you can help prevent it by changing your tampon every four hours and using the lowest absorbency possible for your bod.  I know it sounds scary, but tampons are truly safe (otherwise women wouldn't use them at all!). 

Marie H.

by gleek97 on 12/27/2010 10:57:40 PM


I'm just scared of putting it in and not being able to get it out. O_O I'm really good at thinking of worst-case-scenarios. Not the talent I'd been hoping for. :/

by Superleigh50 on 12/27/2010 8:11:34 PM


Okay I put a tampon in and it felt weird is that normal????

by $Jess$ on 12/27/2010 6:29:32 PM


Same here!
Once I tried, I got half of it in, but there rest wouldn't budge. When I tried pulling it out, it hurt so much, I almost cried!

by Pretty Much Becca on 12/27/2010 2:55:33 PM


Hey its ok! I have had my period for two years now! I just started using tampons about 7 months ago! I will never go back to using pads. I put a pad on even if im wearing a tampon cause it might leak. You need to find a comfortable position and then insert it. And if you wear a tampon you dont have to worry about if your going to leak.

by egz123 on 12/24/2010 4:04:21 PM


try panty liners or pads(:

by WaffleAddict on 12/23/2010 11:33:26 AM


Come visit mahhh profile, lovelies.
Be there or be square.


by ♥ThePerfectPerson♥ on 12/23/2010 9:58:35 AM


you probably put it in dha wrong hole...lmaoo!!!
haha im just kiddin. tampons scare me though....o.o
i perfer pads xD

by cristal1011cr on 12/23/2010 2:52:04 AM


Don't worry I first got my period in February of 7th grade. I never figured out to use a tampon untill like September of this year...my sophmore year of highschool.

by swimstar27 on 12/22/2010 9:14:43 PM


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> Or anything else you can think of! 

Come to my profile I will answer your question ASAP! I will post answers to your profile, and if its not publicly visible, to mine. I love to give advice and am happy to help! 

xoxo Megan 

by Chicka678 on 12/22/2010 8:13:16 PM


mod mod mod i have the same prob but i have no clue on how to put it in. can you help please?



Hey chica! Check out these tips for putting in a tampon Smile


Becca G.

by sportscutie14 on 12/22/2010 7:57:29 PM


Hey girls,
if you guys ever need help in anything, I'm here for you!! Smile
Just visit my site and leave a comment
or if you just want to talk then I'm here too Laughing

by dreamsnwishes on 12/22/2010 3:15:33 PM


Hey girls,
if you guys ever need help in anything, I'm here for you!! Smile
Just visit my site and leave a comment
or if you just want to talk then I'm here too Laughing

by dreamsnwishes on 12/22/2010 3:14:30 PM


MODMODMOD!!! please help!
okay so i asked my guy friend if he liked me but he wanted 2 be all secretive about it n not tell me! does this mean he likes me or does this mean he just wants 2 be friends with out hurting my feelings? and everytime i ask him who his crush is he never wants 2 tell me! he is always playing secretive when it comes 2 these things. are these signs he likes me? or no?

You can find this answer in one of our articles on guys found here. He probably does like you but is just playing games. Play along and act like you're not interested in order to get him chasing you.
Jessica W.

by pompomgurl on 12/22/2010 3:43:43 AM


mod mod mod
my cousin is 7 months younger than me im 13she is 12 almost 13 and she is 5'9 and I'm 5'0 ft she is more developed than me and I think is like a c cup I'm barely an a cup what gives ??????and it's ovious shelooks older than me we went to a restraunt and she got a regular menu and I got a kids menu but still what up with that pls help

Hey girl, both of your bods are going through puberty; hers is just going through it faster. Don't worry and focus on taking care of yourself. You'll grow soon too, no worries.

Alyssa B.

by girlzrock123 on 12/21/2010 11:42:40 PM


were going to hawaii for winter break and i wanna wear a bikini but my mom said no. how can i convince her to say yes? she wears a two piece but its not as revealing as regular bikinis. thanks(:

Hey girl, I'd suggest asking if you can shop for a bikini with boy bottoms with her: she may like it's not as revealing as a string bikini.

Alyssa B.

by love.hannah on 12/21/2010 10:52:19 PM


Hey Girlies! Need advice on: 
> Boys 
> Fashion 
> School 
> Friends 
> Family 
> Makeup 
> Puberty 
> Siblings 
> Fights 
> Hair 
> Bullying 
> Music (Piano, violin, viola, cello, and singing) 
> Figure Skating 
> Parties 
> Decorating 
> Mean girls 
> Starting Middle School 
> Enemies 
> Pets 
> Parents 
> Or anything else you can think of! 

Come to my profile I will answer your question ASAP! I will post answers to your profile, and if its not publicly visible, to mine. I love to give advice and am happy to help!

xoxo Megan 

by Chicka678 on 12/21/2010 10:25:17 PM


my vaginal opening is VERY small, how can I stretch it without hurting? And since it's small I don't think I can wear tampons. But I want to!!!

Hey girl, you most likely don't have to open it that much to wear tampons. Just follow the instructions and you should be fine.

Alyssa B.

by EgirlH.97 on 12/21/2010 9:35:09 PM


pllllzzzzz respond plzzzzzz btw i had to make a new account becuz my old account wuldnt allow me to post coments and i made sure i didnt write anything inapropriate sry idk how to spell very well any ways my mom doesnt kno i wear tampons because she thinks im too young and ive tried to ask her but she says no evry time but do u kno wats cheaper an aplictor tampon of a non aplicator tampon? thnxx!!!!! modmodmod


Hey girlie. i think non applicator tampons are cheaper, but they are harder to put in. I think you should be honest with your mom and explain to her why you want to wear tampons.

Elizabeth P.

by blahhhgirl on 12/21/2010 7:02:55 PM


Tampons are amazing <3 I hope they start working for you soon girly Laughing

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by lover_of_life on 12/21/2010 5:57:12 PM

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