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Many women enjoy the freedom that wearing tampons during a menstrual period provides, but for others, tampons hurt or feel generally uncomfortable. This pain or discomfort may occur either while the tampon is inserted and removed or while wearing it throughout the day. Some possible solutions for this problem include standing or sitting in a different position while inserting the tampon, using a different tampon size or applicator type, and consulting the instructions inside the box to make sure that the tampon is placed correctly.
While months or years of practice inserting and removing tampons usually helps to eliminate any pain, young women who have just begun using tampons frequently report that tampons hurt at least a little bit. This may be because inexperienced users try to insert tampons at the wrong angle. Make sure to look inside the tampon box for diagrams and instructions on how to find the correct angle and use the specific type of tampon you have purchased, as some applicator styles function differently from others. The instructions should also describe how deep the tampon should rest. Some women find it painful or uncomfortable when the tampon is not inserted far enough, and find that a small adjustment can fix the situation.
Young women who have found that regular tampons hurt may be better suited to start out with the smallest tampon size available in their preferred brand. Experimenting with the different applicator types, such as cardboard, petalled plastic, and applicator-free tampons, can also make a difference. Many tampon manufacturers advise that if tampons hurt too much during insertion, adding a little bit of personal lubricant to the tip and edges of the applicator can help. They do recommend, however, not to use petroleum jelly products.
Wearing tampons should not hurt once you get past the initial learning curve, but even then, the pain should not be severe. If you feel the pain is more than a little bit uncomfortable, ask your doctor for an examination to make sure you do not have any underlying problems, such as a yeast infection or something else, that may be causing the pain. It is also probably a good idea to consult your doctor if wearing tampons is still painful even after making sure that you have been using the tampons correctly and trying various ways to make the experience more pleasant, because he or she may be able to recommend another solution.
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