How to Use a Tampon
Choose the right tampon for you
Playtex® offers several different types of tampons based on your unique needs and preferences.
Check out How to choose the right period products for a more complete guide.
- If you’re just starting out, try Playtex® Sport®. It’s also great if you’re very active.
- If you’re looking for SPORT LEVEL PROTECTION® with odor protection, try Playtex® Sport® OdorShield®.
- If you’re looking for a comfortable tampon that uses 40% less plastic1 and an organic cotton core and string, try Playtex Clean Comfort™.
- If you’re looking for a simple, reliable tampon, try Playtex® Simply Gentle Glide™.
Choose the right absorbency for you
You should always select for the lowest absorbency you need to control your flow. If your flow is light to medium, try Regular absorbency tampons. If medium to heavy, try using Super or Super Plus absorbency. If you’re not sure where to start or it’s your first time trying a tampon, try Regular absorbency tampons. You may need to use different absorbencies throughout your cycle, so pay attention to how your flow changes over time. Remember to change your tampon every 4-8 hours.
The anatomy of a tampon
A tampon is made up of 2 parts: the tampon itself that you insert into your body, and the applicator you use to insert it. The tampon is made of absorbent material with a string attached so you can remove it easily. All Playtex® applicators have a smooth, comfortable barrel that contains the tampon within it, attached is a smaller tube below called a plunger. Below is a diagram of a tampon with an applicator:
Relax. Easier said than done, but it is easier to insert a tampon when you are relaxed. It usually takes a few tries before being able to comfortably insert a tampon, so don't worry if you don’t get it right away. Refer to the instructions and diagrams so you know what to do.
Instructions for how to insert a tampon
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, and then unwrap the tampon. The applicator tip should be rounded and the strings should hang out the bottom of the applicator. If you notice any flaws, do not use it, and throw it away in a wastebasket.
- Gently pull on the strings to make sure they are firmly attached.
- Get comfortable. Try sitting on the toilet with knees apart or standing with one foot on the toilet seat. Take a few deep breaths to relax if you are nervous.
- Gently insert the tampon applicator into your vagina:
a. Hold the finger grip of the applicator using your thumb and middle finger.
b. Place the applicator tip into your vagina at a 45˚ angle. Now, gently slide the smooth, rounded applicator all the way into your vagina until your fingers touch your body.
c. Push the plunger all the way into the barrel with your pointer finger. This will release the tampon into your body. The plunger should now be inside the barrel.
d. Still holding the finger grip, gently pull out the applicator. The tampon should now be inserted comfortably inside you in its precise place with the strings outside your body.
Any discomfort or leaks? The tampon may not be far enough inside. If this happens, just remove the tampon and try again with a new one. You won't feel anything when the tampon is correctly in place.
Correct placement of a tampon
Incorrect placement of a tampon
- Tampon Removal: Relax your muscles. Try getting into the position you used during insertion. Gently pull down on the strings. The tampon should slide out easily. Do not flush the used tampon in the toilet. Wrap the tampon in toilet paper and discard it in a wastebasket.
- Wash Your Hands: Remember to always wash your hands after removing or inserting tampons.
- Track Your Cycle: Start tracking your cycle using the Playtex Period Tracker. Planning ahead can help eliminate surprises and keep you protected when you need it.
- Do not use tampons between periods or for non-menstrual discharge.
- Change your tampons every 4 to 8 hours.
- Tampons can be worn overnight for up to 8 hours.
- Always remove the last tampon at the end of your period.
- Do not flush the used tampon in the toilet.
Be sure to read important information about Toxic Shock Syndrome.
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