Learn how to use the Tampon: A Guide to Safe Insertion and Removal

Learn how to use the Tampon: A Guide to Safe Insertion and Removal

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10 October 2023 . 3 min read

What is a Tampon?

Always wished to have a comfortable and dry period, but sanitary pads not helping you? You may want to try the tampon!

Tampons are a type of period hygiene product that absorbs menstrual flow. They are designed to be inserted into the vagina with or without an applicator. Tampons are small pocket-sized barrel-shaped devices made of a blend of cotton and rayon and are designed to work like sanitary napkins. However, since they are inserted into the vagina, you will not feel the wet or icky feeling that comes with wearing a sanitary pad.

Tampons come in various sizes and shapes meant for varying degrees of absorbency. They can hold from six to eight grams of blood. You can choose a tampon depending on the size and your monthly flow.

How to Use a Tampon: Safe Insertion and Removal

Tampons have been around for a while, but they really hit the popularity jackpot with their convenience. If you are new to using a tampon or are wondering how to use tampons, here’s a quick guide to help you!

Always wash your hands with mild, unscented soap and water before inserting and removing a tampon.

How to insert a tampon:

  1. Sit on the toilet seat with your knees apart and hold the tampon in one hand. Hold the tampon in the middle, between your thumb and middle finger.
  2. Use your index finger on the thinner end of the tube where the cord extends.
  3. Use the tip of the tampon barrel to open the folds of your vagina and slide the barrel inside, aiming it towards the back. You may experience some pain or discomfort if you try to insert the tampon straight.
  4. Once the barrel is inside comfortably, you will notice that the tampon is well seated inside and the string hanging outside.
  5. Do not pull the string, as it will dislodge the tampon.
  6. If you have used the applicator, remove it carefully and place it back inside the plastic lining of the tampon or wrap it in toilet paper for safe disposal. Do not flush the applicator in the toilet.

How to remove a tampon:

Leaving a tampon in for over 8 hours, is like you’re giving bacteria an all-inclusive resort to party and release their toxins.

You can get Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) if you don't watch out, a rare, serious illness which causes fever, rash, low blood pressure, and in severe cases, organ damage.

Therefore, to prevent toxic shock syndrome (TSS), you should change your tampon once every four to six hours.

To remove a tampon:

  1. Sit over the toilet and grab the string between two fingers.
  2. Now, gently pull out the tampon at the same angle you used to insert it.
  3. You will not be able to remove it comfortably if you are tense. It is important to relax and pull the tampon out slowly and steadily.
  4. Dispose of the used tampon in the dustbin.


Tampons are popular for their small size and discreet nature. Many women and girls find tampons more comfortable. Well, with the dryness and reduced blood spillage, they are increasingly preferred during periods. You may feel anxious or intimidated using tampons for the first time. However, with a few attempts, you can ace the insertion and removal of tampons.