MSP Q&A: How to use a tampon

Recently on Yahoo Questions, a young woman had a question about how to use tampons. She was using one with an applicator but finding it difficult to get it in right, as it kept feeling as though she had to pee (she thought that perhaps she was pressing it against her bladder by accident). Here is my response:

It can feel tricky to put a tampon in the first few times. With practice, it often gets much easier.

Many young women find it helpful to look at the information sheet that comes inside boxes of tampons. Often, they include diagrams so that you can see what you are doing and what the inside of a woman’s body looks like.

For example, the vagina does not go “straight up” inside the body. It actually sits at an angle. Because of that, many tampon instruction sheets suggest inserting the tampon at an angle so that it is pointing toward your back or butt as you put it in.

The second thing that many young women find it helpful to hear is that the tempon actually should go toward the back of the vagina (closer to the uterus than the vaginal entrance). Sometimes people say “if you can feel it, then it’s not in far enough”. That’s because the front of the vaginal canal has fewer nerve endings than the back. If it were at the front, you would feel it more (and maybe even feel like you had to pee, as it would press against the part of the vaginal wall that was closest to the bladder).

You might try, then, to put the applicator in an inch or two inside the vagina, then push the applicator’s handle all the way in so that the tampon feels as though it is further back inside your vagina (no worries about it “getting lost” – the vagina is actually pretty short, and it ends at a very tiny opening to the cervix which is smaller than a pencil eraser, so the tampon cannot get past it or get anywhere else in the body).

TeenWire.com has additional helpful information for young women about their bodies.

Best,
Debby

[Original Q&A are at the Yahoo Questions web site.]

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.

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    hi, im just wondering like how do you know what side to put it in? like you have a whole then in that whole you have another whole. and im scared that i might put it in to far. so yeah im kinda confused about the whole thing.

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    hi, im just wondering like how do you know what side to put it in? like you have a whole then in that whole you have another whole. and im scared that i might put it in to far. so yeah im kinda confused about the whole thing.

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