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So in a few days I need to use a tampon, to go swimming. I've never used one before and I'm freaking out!
Any tips on how to make putting it in easier? I'm extremely squeamish. Tried to use one once but got too tense and couldn't do it.
Also, any recommendations on good brands to use?
Thank you!
Jan 04, 2010 @ 10:57 pm

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quick shower

I know it's not always possible but I find it is easiest right after I shower. So maybe hop in quickly before you go swimming just to put your tampon in.

If you are tense, it'll make it harder. So if you are feeling tense, then just take a deep breath, relax and wait until you are relax before trying. It takes practice, so be patient.

Also, if your flow isn't heavy enough, tampons might not be a good idea because your vagina may be too dry. In this case, stick with a pad until your flow gets heavier. When it's heavy, the tampon should slip right in.

I like to use the ones with plastic applicators. Tampax Pearl are the ones I usually go with because my vagina is a bit on the dry side and the paper applicator just doesn't work for me. I know it's not environmentally friendly at all but I find that the plastic slips in much easier than the paper applicators.
Jan 05, 2010 @ 09:33 am
Ali de Bold

plastic applicators getting the right size

What I'd recommend is using the smaller ones for light or regular flow (stay away from Super) and make sure it has a plastic applicator such as Tampax Pearl.

Next, like the anon said above, relax. It's not going to hurt you and it's ok if it takes you a few tries to get it right. You want to make sure you get the applicator in high enough before you push out the tampon part so you don't feel it, then you throw the applicator away (don't flush it in the toilet).
Depending on your flow and if you chose light or medium, it should last at least a couple of hours.

If you are nervous, you can double protect with a pad or a liner until you have a sense of how often you need to change it. If you take it out too soon, you may experience some discomfort as you remove it.

It's going to be ok. I am squeamish too, but of all the methods, this one allows you to experience the least gore ;)
Jan 05, 2010 @ 12:06 pm

Tampex Compax - No MORE????

This message is not related to the converation above - this is my favorite brand for comfort and reliability........

Has any body noticed - they stopped making Compax - there is no stock at Wal-mart or Shoppers.

Am I crazy? This is the brand that I use and can't beleive they did this.

Any body have any info......
Jan 05, 2010 @ 12:39 pm

personal lubricant?

See if you can find a small trial size of personal lubricant and put a little on the applicator to help. Dryness and clenching are the two major problems with first-timers. If possible, try experimenting with tampons during a heavy flow day for that very reason.

If using an applicator proves too tricky, I'd suggest you go to the other end of the spectrum to OB tampons (applicator-free). It is difficult for the squeamish, but using your finger instead of an applicator gives you better control on insertion. I definitely echo the recommendation that you start with a small size. If you are on a heavy flow day, keep in mind that those minis may only last you an hour. But if you're swimming, that will probably be just right.

You will get this eventually. I remember the first time I got one in, I was at the lake camping with friends. I had tried several times before but without success. This time it just worked - I just finally figured out how to do it. It was completely painless and so easy, I whooped loudly. Too bad, I was in an outhouse and my friends heard (but luckily not the guy I was crushing on at the time, several sites over :P

Also important to know, and not necessarily common knowledge: we are not all shaped the same down there. You may have to go left, right, up or down. The only way to know which direction is by trial and error. Once you figure that out, I promise you're golden :)
Jan 06, 2010 @ 01:01 am

NO - you missunderstand me

Thanks for the advice but I am NOT a 1st timer - no I don't like OB - I know how to use tampons. I have been using them since I was 14 - I am now 43.

My beef is that the manufacturer disscontinued an extremely popular brand and type of tampon and didn't care to ask the consumers. MUST HAVE BEEN A MAN who decided this!!!!!!!!

The new version sucks - I have tried them and find them inadequate in many ways, ie absorbancey, size, string, I can go on......

IS TAMPAX discontinued and does any body know??????
Jan 13, 2010 @ 12:56 pm

crossed wires...

Sorry no1-mom, my comment about first timers was directed at the original poster :)

I have no idea on the Tampax question...
Jan 13, 2010 @ 02:37 pm

Tampax Pearl Compact

No1-Mom. I just bought a package of Tampax Pearl Compact tampons. They're not the original Tampax tampons but they are compact!
Jan 13, 2010 @ 03:48 pm


I know that Pearl is on the shelf and available.

The reason I don't like Pearl is because they open up like a tulip and are difficult on the way out. I severely dislike anything like that. That's why I don't like the other brands that open like a V.

I was at Shoppers last night and the cosmetic assistant didn't have an answer. She said contact the manufacturer so I will try that.

Thanks for tyou input!

Jan 14, 2010 @ 07:54 pm


Like the others noticed, the biggest thing is to R.E.L.A.X. If you're tense it will be painful and you may not even be able to get it in. A hot shower is a great idea. So is some lubricant. The simplest is to just take deep breaths and relax till you're ready. Those vag muscles are pretty impressive!! ;-)
Jan 15, 2010 @ 09:22 pm


I know the Pearl is available.

Pearl is not the same as the original.... Pearl opens up like a tulip and therefore on the way out it feels more aukward and hurts when full.

I called the company. The verdict is..... Pearl Compax has now replaced Compax.
So looks like they will not be reverting.

Of course I compalined - I got a male call taker when I called - he chuccled when I said "must have been a man who thought of and invented this screw up".

I will wait for a better product.
Jan 28, 2010 @ 09:02 pm

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