I’ve tried using a tampon several times but I have a hard time getting it in far enough, and it hurts. Help!

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Most women would say that it took them several tries before they were able to “get the hang of it” and insert a tampon correctly.  When a tampon is inserted properly, you shouldn’t feel it.  When you are learning how to insert a tampon, a mirror can be very helpful so you can see exactly where your vaginal opening is. Make sure you insert the tampon after your period starts so that your vagina is moist. You can also use a small amount of vaginal lubricant such as K-Y jelly, on the end of the tampon to help it glide in. Never use tampons to absorb anything other than your menstrual flow.

If you’re not able to insert a tampon after many attempts, make an appointment with your health care provider. One reason for this is you may have been born with a very small opening in your hymen, which prevents you from inserting tampons. This is true in only about 2% of teens, but it could be a problem.

To learn more, check out our “Using Your First Tampon” Guide or watch our video on how to insert a tampon: