Have tampons gotten longer or has my vagina gotten shorter?
May 20, 2014 2:43 PM Subscribe
For the past several months I've been having problems using tampons.
posted by Jacqueline to Health & Fitness (47 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
No matter how far I shove the applicator up in there, the tampon itself almost always ends up sticking out a bit and rubbing my labia in an uncomfortable, abrasive way. It's so uncomfortable that I've reverted to using pads almost exclusively, but I'd like to have the option to go back to using tampons if possible because pads are also uncomfortable in their own way.
I'm using the same brand (Playtex Gentle Glide) as I've used for many years.
I'm 35 years old and have been menstruating and using tampons for 23 years so I doubt that it's user error.
No major events have occurred in my vagina lately. I've never been pregnant. My husband and I are monogamous.
I'm on various medications now, but this problem started months before the medications did so I don't think they're linked.
So... what gives? Anyone else experience tampons suddenly becoming uncomfortable like this, and how did you solve it?
And can anyone recommend a different tampon brand that is shorter? A comfortable applicator is also a must for me.
Regarding the DivaCup and similar solutions: I made a good effort to make the switch about a decade ago and found that it just doesn't work for me, sorry.
Please advise, thanks!