Applicator Tampons: What's The Easiest? Dear BeingGirl Experts, I was reading how you put in a tampon, and it said you needed to twist the cardboard. Does that hurt? Is it easier to use a cardboard or plastic applicator? Barb --- Dear Barb, Twisting the cardboard does not hurt. Tampax Flushable Cardboard tampons, which have smooth cardboard applicators are biodegradable and flushable and are as easy to insert as plastic applicator tampons. Tampons should only be inserted when you have your period, which makes them easier to insert because of the lubrication from your menstrual flow. Check this [link to OBJ003] out for the insertion details. It can take some practice to learn to insert a tampon easily, as any new learning experience requires. It is a good idea to wait to use tampons until you have a regular period and understand your flow. If you want to try a plastic tampon, check out Tampax Pearl tampons. Some girls think inserting a plastic applicator is easy and comfortable. Good Luck. BeingGirl Experts Questions about which applicator tampons to use? Get answers to your period questions at BeingGirl.com.