It’s important to know how to use a tampon correctly. It’s not a scary experience if you have the right information.  You will find a detailed description of the process, a list of false information to be aware of, and a few tips below (How to Use a Tampon).

The Detailed Step-by-Step Process :

1. Buy tampons – Buying tampons for the first time can be a bit overwhelming.  There are so many brands, types, and sizes. We would advise you to definitely start with applicator tampons and preferably Kali tampons.  The applicator really helps to push the tampon into your V the right way.  It makes life a lot easier during this process.  Picking the right absorbency is also important.  Usually women use supers/super+ tampons in the first few days of their period and then transition into the lighter ones towards the end.
2. Wash your hands before beginning insertion – Tampon applicators are sterile.  We definitely want to keep our V clean and infection-free, so washing your hands before inserting is a great idea.
3. Sit comfortably on the toilet – This might sound obvious, but you would be surprised. Sitting makes insertion more comfortable and keeps any stray blood in the toilet.
4. Unwrap the tampon and insert the tip of the applicator into your V – It’s really important to find your V. We are looking for the area that the blood is coming out of.  It’s right behind your urethra. Once you find it, make sure you are holding the unwrapped tampon correctly. You want to hold the tampon where the larger tube meets the smaller tube, hold it between your middle finger and thumb and put your index finger on the end of the applicator.
5. Push the end of the applicator with your index finger to extract the tampon and then pull out the applicator.  You want to push the applicator up a few inches inside your V and then press the inner, thinner half of the applicator upward.  Stop when both parts of the applicator meet. Pull the applicator out of your V and wrap it in the tampon wrapper or toilet paper to throw out in the trash. Avoid flushing applicators. They will definitely clog your toilet. The tampon should feel comfortable and you shouldn’t be able to feel it. If you can feel it or it’s painful, the tampon isn’t far enough in your V. Time to pull it out and try again.
6. After about 4 to 6 hours, remove the tampon by tugging at the string. This process isn’t painful at all. Don’t leave a tampon in longer than 6 hours. Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a real thing and you don’t want to take your chances. If you accidentally leave a tampon in for more than 8 hours and you are feeling feverish, pull out the tampon and seek medical help immediately.

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Make sure you educate yourself on the false information out there:

1. You can still go to the bathroom with a tampon in.
2. A tampon cannot get lost inside you.
3. There are no age restrictions for tampons.
4. They don’t make you lose your virginity.

A few Tips:

1. Buy enough tampons and bring them with you.
2. If you are sleeping longer than 8 hours, you should wear a pad at night.
3. The string on a tampon cannot break off.
4. Putting in a tampon may hurt at first so just relax.  It will help relax your muscles if you take some deep breaths.
5. If the tampon doesn’t feel comfortable, remove it and start again with a fresh one.

We hope this helps make tampon insertion an easier, comfortable experience. It can also help to ask a close friend or relative.  Please let us know if you like this article on How to Use a Tampon.

Read other articles – Can you get Pregnant on your PeriodSex on your Period, and When were Tampons Invented.

Written By: Jonna Piira, CEO of Kali

Member of the Kali Girl Tribe.