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Why Do Tampons Hurt?

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Dear BeingGirl Experts,

I'm in a competitive swim team, and I started my period. My mom took me to the store to get tampons, and I tried one, and I really didn't like it, and I never want to wear them again. It didn't feel right. Is that natural?




Dear Abigail,

If you choose to continue to wear pads, that's just fine. However, if you choose to continue swimming, you are going to have to use tampons during your swim time. You can't go swimming wearing a pad.


Learning any new technique can be difficult, and tampon insertion is a new technique for you. It may or may not be actually painful, but a totally inserted tampon is not felt and, therefore, is very comfortable. Tampon insertion should be tried when you have your period. will help you with insertion. But if you are doing it all right and cannot insert a tampon it may be that your hymen, the thin membrane that partially covers and protects the opening to your vagina may be too small or too tight to allow the tampon in. If this is the problem you may have to stretch this opening. You can try with a little bit of water-soluble gel like K-Y Jelly on the tip of the applicator...the more you practice the more you will stretch the hymen. If you cannot stretch it yourself, you may want to ask your doctor for help.


Hope this is helpful,

Your BeingGirl Experts

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Posted December 05, 2012
when i first put my tampon in it hurt ..i felt like a ring behind my vagina and oncethe tampon was pushed threw there i didnt feel anything.. by practicing the insertion i was able to stretch the ring (my hymen ) which made the insertion painless.
Posted July 10, 2012
1. its impossible to put it in too far. there is something that covers the entrance to the whatever unless youre pregnant or in labor. Just use your finger to find where the blood is coming from. it wud b very painful to try to put it in your uterus, and your anus is just too far back, theres no way you wud even consider putting it in there!
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Posted July 06, 2012 what if u put it up to far and it gets stuck or u put it in the wrong place???


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