Using Tampons

I'm 13 and I've been having my period for almost a year. I've been using pads but I would like to switch to tampons because I'm in a lot of sports. The only problem is that whenever I try to put a tampon in, it hurts really badly. Do you have any advice?

Once you become comfortable with tampons, they are very easy and convenient to use. Some tampons have applicators, either made out of cardboard or plastic, while others do not have an applicator. When trying to insert a tampon, it is important that you remain relaxed. For the tampon to fit properly, it must be inserted correctly. The easiest position is sitting on the toilet seat and spreading your legs. Point the tampon upwards, angle it towards the small of your back. Insert the tampon into the vaginal opening, leaving the string to hang free. Push the inserter end of the tube until the tampon is in. Try looking at the diagrams that come inside of the boxes. Lubrication is not necessary, however it can help while you are still learning what to do. You could use either a cold cream or lubricating jelly. To remove the tampon, pull gently on the string.

You may be having problems if you are not using the right absorbancy for your flow. It might be helpful to only use the light flow tampons at the beginning and ending of your periods until you begin to get more comfortable, and then move to using tampons for your whole cycle. Once you do start using tampons regularly, they must be changed every 4-6 hours. Always remember to remove your tampon, and never try to use more than one at a time. If you have a heavy flow, you should use a combination of a tampon and a pad. It is important to learn about the risks of toxic shock syndrome if you are going to use tampons.

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