Tampons for Dummies
June 19, 2012 3:58 PM Subscribe
Please educate me in proper tampon insertion. Seriously.
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (45 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I've read the instruction booklets in the boxes, tried relaxing, plastic applicators instead of cardboard and putting one foot on the toilet, but I still can't do it. I'm so embarrassed that I have to even ask this question but I can't figure it out. I've gotten the tampon in about 75% but even when its partially in, it feels really uncomfortable and I know you're not supposed to even feel the tampon inside you.
I'm worried that maybe my period is too light for tampons? (I'm on the pill for non-sex related reasons, I'm still a virgin) I'm usually fine just wearing a liner, and not even a pad. But I really want to use tampons. There are activities (like swimming) that I have had to miss because I couldn't get a tampon in. I also hate the gross "diaper"-like feeling and having a liner/pad in my underwear. I've tried over two dozen times over the years and have used Playtex Gentle Glide and Sport and Tampax Pearl regular.
If a baby can technically pass through the same area, why can't a little tampon fit?! What am I missing here? Obviously I am a fool who needs some useful non-'relax and lift up your leg' advice, yesterday. Reassurance that I will still technically be able to have sex without tremendous difficulty when I am ready is also helpful. How can I be in my 20s and still be unable to insert a tampon?