How To Use Tampons

Your Step-by-Step Guide to Using Tampons

How To Insert a Tampon

Step 1: Prepare

Before you learn how to put in a tampon, always make sure your hands are super clean and remember to wash them immediately after the process. It is also a good idea to become familiar with your body as it is easier to insert a tampon when you know where it is going. So, get into a comfortable position (maybe try standing with one foot on the edge of the bath or the toilet), grab a small mirror, and place it between your legs and have a look. Find your labia (the lips or folds of skin covering the entrance to your vagina) and gently spread it open with your fingers to find the entrance to your vagina. This is where the tampon goes.


Step 2: Unwrap

Hold the tampon firmly on either side of the dotted line and twist sharply in opposite directions. Remove the bottom piece of the wrapper so that the string is exposed and pull the string so that it hangs down. Hold the tampon by the string and then remove the other half of the wrapper. Once you have unwrapped the tampon, make sure you do not touch it too much or place it on any surface.


Step 3: Insert

Tampons should be held at the end where the string is positioned. Try to stay as relaxed as possible so that the muscles around the vagina do not tighten. Remember to stand with one leg on the toilet or on the edge of the bath. Now for the big question, “how do you put in a tampon for beginners?”. Firstly, slant the tampon towards your lower back and ease it into your vagina by pushing it with your index finger as far up as it will go. Just make sure you keep the tampon at an angle and do not try to push it straight. This will help make things as easy and comfortable as possible. The string should also stay outside your body so you can easily remove the tampon later on.

You should not be able to feel the tampon if you have inserted it properly. If you feel any discomfort or pressure, it may mean that you have not inserted the tampon far enough or correctly. If this is the case, try pushing the tampon in further, or remove it and try again. And do not worry, there is no chance of you pushing tampons in too far because the cervix (the opening to your uterus) is too small for a tampon to fit through – so tampons definitely cannot get lost!


Change and Remove

A light tug on the string will tell you if it is time to change the tampon. If the tampon does not slide out easily you can leave it in for a bit longer. Tampons should be changed about every four hours, depending on the heaviness of your flow. The tampon can be left in for a maximum of eight hours if it will not easily slide out. Knowing how to remove a tampon is just as important. You will need to pull the string at the same angle at which the tampon was inserted. If you cannot find the string, do not stress, just make sure your hands are clean, get into a squatting position, and remove the tampon with your fingers.



Avoid flushing tampons and wrappers down the toilet – it is bad for the environment, and you might end up clogging the plumbing system.  Simply wrap the tampon in some toilet paper (or put it in a bag) and place it in the bin or a sanitary disposal unit.

And with that, you now know how to use a tampon. Remember to stock up on your Kotex tampons that come in various sizes according to your flow.


This product may not be right for you. Read the warnings on pack before purchase and follow the instructions for use.

The advice provided in this material is general in nature and is not intended as medical advice. If you need medical advice, please consult your health care professional.


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