I’ve begun using tampons and it hurts a little when I insert it. I’m following the instructions and everything too. Am I not getting it in all the way or is it just my muscles?

Feeling comfortable using tampons often takes practice. When you are learning how to use them, opt for the “slender” size.  While inserting the tampon, aim towards your spine rather than straight up. You can use a small amount of lubricant on the tip of the tampon to help glide it in place. Also, it is much easier to insert a tampon when your menstrual flow is moderate to heavy, as this allows the tampon to glide into the vagina more easily. If you are anxious while trying to insert the tampon, your muscles will likely tense up, which includes the muscles around the opening of your vagina. The more you relax, the easier it will be to push it in; but do it gently–don’t force it. If you are not able to insert a tampon after several tries, make an appointment with your health care provider (HCP). You may have been born with a very small opening to your vagina. This is true for only about 2% of teens, but it could be the reason why you are having difficulty.​