Do tampons hurt?
Lots of girls ask this question because it does seem weird to insert something
into your body. The first step is to understand what's going on down there. Menstrual
flow comes out of the vagina. The vagina is an opening that continues inside your
body like a tunnel.
For most girls, inserting a tampon
doesn't hurt. (The vagina is also the birth canal, so if it can stretch to fit a whole
baby, it can fit a tampon!) But if the tampon does hurt, stop, and do not force it
in. In some girls, the hymen (a little piece of tissue across the vagina) prevents
easy insertion of the tampon.
If you're using tampons for the first time, try a slim-fit one. Your menstrual
flow should make it easier to insert because it moistens the vagina and helps the
tampon slip into place.
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Date reviewed: January 2017