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Updated on Tuesday, December 17

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QUESTION: I tried to use a tampon but I couldn't get it more than half way in (it hurt) and gave up. Anyone experience this?

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  1. The best advice I can give you for using a tampon is to relax! The 2nd best advice is every woman has a different angle, it might take you a little practice to finally get it right, but once you find it then it will be inserted all the way and you won't feel it. You might also find that some tampons work better for you than others. My favourites are Kotex and Playtex Sport. I find the ones with the cardboard applicators difficult to use.

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  2. Are you a virgin? Serious question. could it be your hymen is still intact, making it more difficult?

    If the pain was more due to dryness, try using a little bit of lube.

    I've never experienced this, but maybe I just have a massive vagina.

    But seriously, once you get that tampon in, you'll never want to go back to pads. Ever.

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    1. What if you're still a virgin (never had sex) but don't have this problem? Does that mean the hymen's not intact?

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    2. @2a No, you're just loose.

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    3. @2a could be. The hymen can break due to a lot of activities other than sex, so I've heard.
      Cycling, horseback riding, vigorous sports, etc.

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    4. @2a Also, the hymen dissolves over time. That's why it's more likely to be painful if you lose your virginity when you're super young than if you're older.

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  3. I used to use tampons, and had to stop due to vaginal dryness. (ugh) I had a really hard time my first few attempts, or perhaps failures would be more apt.

    1. Get some with decent applicators. The soft plastic ones with a plunger, not the cardboard tubes or ones without applicators.
    2. Figure out an optimal angle for entry by using your fingers. Poking straight in won't work :P It's usually somewhere between straight towards your back and straight upwards.
    3. If you're a virgin, your hymen is probably intact, making it harder to slip around it. Doubling the suggestion to do some preliminary exploration first.

    Also, important safety precaution: never leave a tampon in longer than 8 hours. You can develop a very serious infection called toxic shock syndrome.

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  4. I had this problem when I first started using tampons. The light protection ones are smaller so I suggest starting with those.

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  5. I found it really difficult and painful at first too. I still only use them occasionally because I never got super comfortable with them but it does get easier with time.

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    1. Same here. I've had it in a couple times where it was perfect, didn't feel it at all, and then the rest have been somewhat painful and not worth it.

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  6. I think we've all been here. It takes a few goes to get it right. You do need to put it in at the right angle (like 45 degrees back) or it won't go anywhere. It's easier to get in when you have a heavier flow. I find the OB regular (silk touch/pro-comfort) ones work easiest (the pink box). It also helps to relax down there. Good luck!

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  7. I can't believe people still use pads at this age.

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    1. It's walking around in your own blood, ew. Tampons are a godsend.

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  8. Something that I find REALLY helps when I'm having trouble with tampons, standing up facing the toilet and putting one leg up on the toilet and inserting it at a 45ish degree angle

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  9. I can't believe RL hasn't commented on this yet.

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    1. I've never had any issues putting elongated objects into a vagina so have little useful advice to give here.

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  10. Keep trying! Once I got it right, I've never gone back to pads. If it's in properly, you can't even tell you're on your period!

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  11. I use tampons as bum plugs (I'm a guy)

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  12. Just going to leave this here: http://divacup.com/

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