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Do Tampons Hurt?

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Dear BeingGirl Experts,

I just got my period for the first time. I used a pad, but I think it's uncomfortable. I am scared to use a tampon because I think it will hurt. Will it? And what should I do?




Dear Brittany,

When inserted correctly, tampons do not hurt. We suggest you have an understanding of your cycle and your flow before you begin using tampons. This will help you know the correct absorbency for your flow and is important to know when using tampons. Get as much information as you can. Talk to your friends who use tampons. Ask for any tips they may have for when you start using them. Mom can help you with information on tampons too.


Tampax Pearl Lites, which are light absorbency tampons, or Tampax Pearl Regulars are the tampons we recommend using at first. Read the instructions found in the box carefully, and look at the diagram pictures. Notice the way the vagina slants toward the back of the body, so you need to use a slight angle while inserting. Also notice that the tampon is positioned all the way inside the vagina past the muscle at the entrance. You may need to use a little twisting motion to get the bigger part of insertion tube in the correct place. Don't forget to remove both insertion tubes after you place the tampons. Remember to RELAX and take your time. Learning to use a tampon can take a little practice. Once you get the hang of it, you will find it's easy! For more detailed instructions go to to


Good luck,

Your BeingGirl Experts

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