How to Insert a Tampon

Follow these instructions to free yourself of bulky, inconvenient sanitary napkins.

You will need

  • Soap and water
  • Tampon
  • Toilet paper
  • Mirror (optional)

Step 1 Wash your hands Wash your hands with soap and water.

Step 2 Get comfortable Sit or stand in a comfortable position with your knees apart, and relax your muscles.

Step 3 Hold the applicator Hold the tampon with your thumb and middle finger around the middle of the applicator.

Step 4 Position the applicator Place the rounded end of the applicator — the end opposite the string — into your vaginal opening. Make sure the string is visible.

Step 5 Slide the applicator Gently slide the applicator up and back into your vagina with one hand while the other separates the folds of skin around the opening. Stop when your fingers touch your body.

Step 6 Push the applicator Push the small end of the applicator up into the large end.

Step 7 Remove the applicator Remove both parts of the applicator, wrap them in toilet paper, and throw them away. Never flush the applicator or tampon down the toilet.