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Added September 25, 2014

9 Common Questions about How to Use Tampons

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Using a tampon can provide you with the right protection, but you might have a lot of questions and may feel unsure about where to start. Here are nine commonly asked questions that can help you decide if tampons are the right period protection for you.

1. Am I old enough to use tampons?

As soon as you start having your period, you’re old enough to use tampons, like Tampax. For your first few periods, try using pads for a few cycles to see if your flow is heavy or light. Then you can make the best choice for period protection depending on your cycle and activities.

2. Do tampons hurt?

If you insert a tampon the right way, you shouldn’t feel any discomfort. Tampons are inserted into the vagina through the same opening from which menstrual fluid leaves your body. Follow the instructions given in the package of your tampons to insert it property, or check out our guide. If you can feel the tampon, it probably hasn’t been inserted far enough into the vagina. You should remove that tampon and insert another one. Typically, you should not be able to feel the tampon at all.

3. When do I need to change my tampon?

A tampon should be changed every 4 to 8 hours — never wait longer than eight hours to change it.

4. What size tampons should I use?

It’s best to use the lowest absorbency tampon you can — while still getting the best protection. The right absorbency tampon will also be the most comfortable. If your tampon becomes saturated within an hour or two, look to use a higher absorbency tampon. On the other hand, if you remove the tampon and it feels stuck or dry, try a lighter absorbency. The better you get to know your own flow, the easier it will be to know which absorbency is best for you.

5. Do I need to wear a pad with my tampon?

Sometimes it’s helpful to wear a pantiliner when you’re first getting used to tampons until you know how often to change them and which absorbency is best for you. Pantiliners offer thin protection that can be a good backup for tampon use.

6. Should I use tampons with cardboard or plastic applicators?

This is totally up to you. Some women like plastic applicators because they find them easier and more comfortable to insert. Others choose to use tampons with cardboard applicators. Try both and see which you prefer.

7. Can I use a tampon overnight?

Yes you can! Tampons can be worn for up to eight hours during the day or night. They give you full protection, and stay in place no matter how much you flip around when you sleep. But if you typically sleep more than eight hours every night, you should use a pad instead, like Always. They even make pads specifically for overnight use! And remember: A tampon must be removed after eight hours of use.

8. Can I use tampons for discharge?

No — you should only use tampons during your period. Remember, a little discharge is normal and you can use Always pantiliners to feel fresh and dry.

9. Should I use tampons if I am involved in athletic and dance activities?

For athletic activities, especially those requiring tight-fitting outfits, such as ballet, gymnastics or skiing, tampons are a good choice — since no one will notice you are menstruating. Tampons are also the only suitable form of menstrual protection while swimming.

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After washing your hands, open the wrapper and remove the tampon. If using a Tampax Pearl Compak tampon, gently pull out the inner tube (toward the end of the removal string) until it comes to a stop.
Either sit on the toilet with your knees wide apart or stand with one leg on the toilet. Remember to RELAX—try taking a few deep breaths if you need to.
Use one hand to hold the tampon at the bottom of the outer tube. Place the rounded tip of the tampon to your vaginal opening and point the tip toward your lower back. The removal string should be facing away from your body.
Take a few breaths and gently twist the applicator back and forth into the vagina, directing it toward your lower back. As soon as your fingers touch your body, the applicator is in the right place.
While holding the outer tube of the applicator, push the smaller tube with your pointer finger all the way into the bigger tube until it stops. As you’re doing this, tampon slides out of the applicator and into your vagina. If it’s uncomfortable, the tampon is likely inserted incorrectly or not inserted all the way in—you should remove it and start over with a new one.
With the tampon comfortably inside you (and the removal string hanging outside your body), carefully remove the applicator, place it in the tampon’s wrapper, and throw it in the trash. Then wash your hands.
Don’t forget to remove the tampon before inserting a new one. When it is time to remove it, pull the string downwards at the same angle you used to insert the tampon. You can either flush the used tampon down the toilet or wrap it in tissue paper and put it in the trash.

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Posted May 30, 2014
Can you stick a tampon in too far?
Posted April 21, 2014
i tried putting one in and it got stuck halfway. well not suck but it wouldn't go any farther... Any suggestions? ~CaliGurl
Posted February 18, 2014
I need help! I have tried tampons numerous times usually on the weekends so i know if I leak I'm at home but my health teacher said you aren't suppose to wear them unless you've had sex!?
Posted April 02, 2014
JustAnotherGirl332, what your health teacher told you is not accurate. Anyone can use a tampon!
Posted October 02, 2013
is it a really bad thing to use two tampons side by side at one time?
Posted October 30, 2013
i need help! i tried putting tampon in and it WOULD NOT GO IN, why?!? i used the smallest size!
Posted July 15, 2013
Help!!! I'm a little scared to try a tampon. Why??? Well because I think it will be scary when I pull it tout and see the blood!! Someone please give me some advice!!
Posted August 02, 2013
Rosieposie11- if your scared to see it, then dont look! just make sure you are pulling it out the same way you inserted it! hope this helped!
Posted July 15, 2013
Wow, tampons don`t seem so scary. Im actually about to go ask my BFF if I can borrow one of hers because I am sick of using pads.
Posted September 16, 2013
It's my first my time with my period and I'm a dancer and I don't like the thought of dancing in your own blood with a pad so I'm going to try tampons don't be afraid relaxed
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