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How To Take Out A Tampon

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Hi BeingGirl Experts,

What if you get a tampon stuck in your private area and then it hurts, really, extremely hurts to get it out. Like I was crying it hurt sooo bad!





Dear Brooklyn,

When used correctly tampons should not be this painful to remove, nor can tampons get stuck or get lost. First, let me explain why a tampon can’t get stuck or lost. At the top of your vagina is your cervix, the opening to your uterus. This is normally closed, unless you are pregnant and in labor. There is no other opening to the rest of your body so a tampon has no place to go. Also the vaginal opening stretches so the tampon can't get stuck. Okay, now let’s think about why it difficult and painful to remove. Were you trying to insert a tampon when you did not have your period? Did you try to remove it too soon? Was it too dry? The following tampon use tips should help you in the future. A tampon needs to be saturated in order to slide out easily. If you are having problems removing your tampon, make sure you use the lowest absorbency tampon for your flow. Leave it in from 4–8 hours, and make sure you pull the tampon out at the same angle that you used to insert it. Also, if you pull on the string, and the tampon doesn't start to come out, you may need to leave it in a little longer, but not longer than 8 hours.


Hope this is helpful,

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Posted January 08, 2013
great advice almost everything on this site has been sooo helpful.
Posted October 29, 2012
the first time i used a tampon it got caught on the hymen when i was taking it out but i didn’t know it had and i was crying it hurt so bad!! so i went and got a hand mirror and looked up there (sorry tmi!!) and i saw it was caught on a piece of skin. I definitely stretched it and now it’s easier to get the tampon out but i still have to put one finger up there and move the skin over (sorry wayy tmi!!) i guess the more i use a tampon the more it stretches.
Tay Tyler
Tay Tyler
Posted June 03, 2012
you should change the tampon when its saturated. if you change it right after you swim and it hasnt been at least 4 hours, it could hurt to take out so... ya
Posted October 09, 2012
Its awkward but it happens. Reason 1- Its still dry due to lack of blood. Simple and it has worked for me method-Take a long hot shower and gently remove it.
Posted May 21, 2012
I don,t think you have to but I guess if you wanted to be way on the safe side go ahead I don't think it really matters but I would.
Posted February 18, 2012
I finally got a tampon in for the first time! But then I got scared because it was right before going to sleep (I'm a really deep sleeper) so I took it out. It was hard to take out, and it really hurt! I just relaxed my muscles and took deep breaths, pulling little by little. It was painful, but it's out. Also, my mom told me to change my tampon every time I get out of the pool after swimming. Is that true? I'm going on vacation tomorrow, so it would be great advice for me!


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