Tampons can be quite daunting the first time you use them and particularly compared to pads and other external solutions. However despite the fact that you need to put something inside which might feel odd at first, they are very much worth getting to grips with as they can greatly help you to carry on doing the things you enjoy when you're on your period and are ideal for things like swimming that might otherwise be off limits. Here we will look at how a tampon works, how to insert one, and what to look out for.
How a Tampon Works
A tampon is not necessarily what you might assume at first sight. That is to say that it is not a 'bung' or a cork and actually is a little more high tech than that thankfully. The idea of a tampon then is actually to absorb blood and moisture as they are created in the vagina so that they don't make it out. Over time the tampon will 'fill up' as it becomes saturated and you will then remove it and dispose of it.
How to Insert a Tampon
For the tampon to work then it needs to be inserted as deep as possible into the vagina which is easier if you first spread open your legs. The best time to insert a tampon then is while on the toilet, or while lying down on the bed with your legs apart. Now take the tampon and insert the end of it into the mouth of your vagina and push it in with a forefinger as gently and smoothly as possible. The aim here is to push it towards the small of your back as this will follow the shape of the vagina. Once it is all the way in the tampon should no longer be visible externally, except for the string which it is important to keep hanging out. This is what will enable you to remove the tampon when the time comes, so it's crucial you can still see it. If you wish to use the toilet you still can – your urethra and your vaginal opening are different parts of your anatomy and so one will not affect the other.
Removing the Tampon
Now it's important to allow the tampon time to soak up moisture before you try to remove it so give it at least 2 hours as a rule. Otherwise you will find that it is very dry and it can be painful coming out. This is why you should only use a tampon when you are bleeding as otherwise you will use up all of your vagina's own moisture.
When you remove the tampon it is simply a matter of pulling on the string. Don't be afraid to give it a bit of a tug as it is very strong and shouldn't break. If it does break it is normally possible to get it out with your finger anyway, but if you cannot then you should see a doctor as soon as possible. If you want to be on the safe side you should try tugging on the string before inserting the tampon just to ensure it is in good repair and will hold up to the pressure.
Make sure that you never leave a tampon in more than 6 hours, after which time you will suffer from the lack of moisture. When you do remove the tampon, ensure to dispose of it in a sanitary bin and NOT the toilet as it can otherwise clog the drain system.