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RedHeart
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I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this. I'm 18 and a virgin.

Ever since I've started my period I have used pads because tampons always caused me pain. At first I thought I was just putting it in wrong, However after some rather embarrassing help from my mother. I've discovered that tampons just cause me pain. period

Is this normal? I've never heard of other girls complain of this

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Karybu
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Can you be a little bit more specific about the pain they cause? Where is it? Does it only happen with insertion or does it start once they're fully in, or both?

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It starts with insertion

However the pain reaches it's peak when it's fully in

[ 11-24-2010, 05:39 PM: Message edited by: RedHeart ]

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Karybu
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Okay, so there are a few things you can try.

First off, are you familiar with the contours of your vaginal canal? It doesn't go straight up towards your head, but angles back a bit, so if you've got the wrong angle, that may be why it's painful. Explore a bit with your fingers if you've never done so, and figure out that way exactly where a tampon is supposed to go. You might also want to try using tampons without any sort of applicators, as that tends to make it a bit easier to get them into a specific position.

Use a drop or a few drops of water-based lube (something like Astroglide or KY Liquid) on the tip of the tampon, which will help it slide in more easily.

Make sure you're as relaxed as possible - if you're nervous or anticipating pain, the muscles around your vagina will tense up, making insertion of anything more difficult and painful. Take a few deep breaths before you start, and go slowly.

Too, if you just can't get them to work, that's fine. There's nothing wrong with not using tampons, it's about what you feel most comfortable with.

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I have tried angling it but I have not tried the lube.

I do not want to buy lube because I live in a very small conservative christian town and someone will probably see me buying it and spread rumors about me. I'll just stick to pads if that is the case

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People buy lube for all sorts of reasons, but if you don't feel comfortable doing so, that's totally fine. If you do want to keep trying though, making sure you're relaxed and using tampons without applicators can help too.

Also, have you started your annual gyn checkups yet? This is exactly the kind of thing you can ask a gyn about, and if you haven't started going, now is as good a time as any - the recommendation is that you should start seeing a gyn within a few years of starting your period.

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