How to Put in a Tampon

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If you are new to using a tampon, don’t be nervous. It typically takes a beginner a couple of tries to get it right. But once you get it, you have it. Picking a day and time when your flow is light is key.

Things You'll Need

  • Tampon
  • Toilet
  • Garbage can
  • Soap

Wash your hands with soap and water.

Take the tampon out of the wrapper. Throw the wrapper into the trash or hold it to put the applicator in afterward.

Position yourself over the toilet. You can spread your legs, squat or hover--however you feel comfortable.

Hold the tampon applicator with your middle finger and thumb at the finger-gripping area--a grooved area on the middle of the tube.

Hold the tampon at an angle and insert it into your vagina. Put it in slowly as far as you can without letting go with your middle finger and thumb.

Use your pointer finger--while holding the applicator with your other two fingers--to push the outer tube in toward your body. The tampon will come out the end that is inside you.

Remove the whole applicator slowly. The removal string should be hanging down from your vagina.

Wash your hands with soap and water.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you feel discomfort, you may not have the tampon far enough inside.
  • Each tampon can be worn for up to eight hours, typically depending on how heavy your blood flow is.
  • Toxic-shock syndrome can be a side effect of leaving the tampon in too long.

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