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I want to start using tampons but I'm scared it will hurt

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I’m a 15 year old girl and play GAA and camogie, I want to start using tampons because I don’t like using pads. But I’m scared it will hurt and I don’t know how to put it in correctly, can I have some advice 


Hi there, you are very welcome to Ask Alex.  

Thank you for contacting us. We understand that it’s not always easy to share how we’re feeling, but we also know how important it is to talk about our worries.  

You have shared with us that you play a lot of sports and want to start using tampons, but are feeling scared and unsure about how to insert them properly. It is completely understandable that you are feeling this way as putting in your first tampon can seem intimidating. But once you learn how to insert a tampon, you’ll find it’s not as weird or scary as you thought it would be. 

Tampon sizes are based on the amount of fluid they absorb. If you are not sure what tampon size to start with, you could opt for a Regular absorbency. If you want to start with the smallest size tampon, try the Light size. When you insert a tampon for the first time it may feel a little strange, but remember that you are in control, so it doesn’t have to hurt! give a great step by step set guide on how to insert a tampon. Here is a link to their Website which has lots more useful information, videos and diagrams on tampons:  

If your tampon is uncomfortable and makes you feel like you need to waddle, it may not have been inserted far enough inside your vagina. If this happens, just use your finger to push the tampon farther in, and that usually fixes it.  

When it’s time to remove your tampon, wash your hands and get in a comfortable position. Relax your body and use your hands to locate the tampon string. Next, use your thumb and finger to grip the string and pull it slowly out of your vagina, and dispose of your tampon in the bin. After you have removed the tampon, remember to wash your hands! 

We hope this information will help you feel a little more at ease when it comes to inserting a tampon for the first time. And remember, practice makes perfect – so the more familiar you become with tampon insertion, the more confident you will feel. 

You may also find it helpful to reach out to someone you feel close to and ask their advice. This might be a parent, auntie, cousin, teacher or friend. You are also very welcome to chat with the Childline Team by phone on1800 66 66 66or through our web chat services are free and confidential, and are available 24 hours, 7 days a week.   

Thank you for reaching out to us.   

Take care,    


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