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Does A Tampon Hurt?

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Dear BeingGirl Experts,

I am 14 years old, and I have been using pads since I started my period. This year, since I am in the eigth grade, our class is going to Washington, D.C., and I'm afraid my period will start then. I decided I want to use tampons during that time. I know how to put them in, but I am so scared if it will hurt or not. If you or someone you know uses tampons, was it uncomfortable the first time you put it in? To me, it looks uncomfortable. Thanks!!




Dear Juliana,

When inserted correctly, tampons do not hurt. Using tampons for the first time is an individual experience. You are learning a new technique when learning to insert your first tampon. Most of us are uncomfortable when we are learning something new, but then we get more confident and comfortable (like learning to ride a bike or using a skateboard). Talk to your mom and your friends who use tampons. Ask them for some insertion tips. Chances are they will tell you a correctly inserted tampon is really not felt. You should practice tampon insertion only when you have your period, and when your period is rather heavy. Every box of tampons has insertion instructions, or you can find instructions and videos on


Have a great time on your trip!

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Posted June 30, 2014
When I first started using tampons, I wasn't sure what size to use (I was a regular) but me as a newbie I chose the super and boy I was wrong!! it didn't hurt to insert but taking it out was PAINFUL! After that experience I didn't use tampons until my next cycle. But now I know which ones to use for each cycle. And now most of the time when I insert it doesn't hurt. It only hurts if you either put it incorrectly or not in all the way
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Posted June 20, 2011
when I first used a tampon it was really uncomfortable and now I know all I have to do is practice this really helped me alot
Posted May 28, 2011
I wondered that 2 and now i no the awnser this helped me 2!!!!!


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