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Can Using Tampons Be Painful?

Medically reviewed by: KidsHealth Medical Experts

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.

Usually, 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!) For some girls, though, the hymen (a little piece of tissue across the vagina) makes it harder to put in a tampon. So if the tampon does hurt, stop and do not force it in. You can use a pad instead.

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.

Medically reviewed by: KidsHealth Medical Experts
Date reviewed: October 2023