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Okay, so I've tried a couple of times and it just isn't working. It hurts to put a tampon in and I think I have the right..err...hole, but I don't know. After looking at diagrams, I was able to find what I thought was my vagina, but the tampons don't go in more than halfway and they hurt! I'm so tired of pads, they gross me out, and are embarrassing.
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Okay, so when you're having issues with inserting a tampon for the first time, it's best to start during the part of your flow which is the heaviest (the extra slipperiness helps). You can also try dabbing the tampon in some lubricant, too.

Have you read the instructions in how to do it (such as the angles and stuff)? You can insert from a number of positions - sitting with your knees apart, one foot up on the sink, etc. You want to aim it sort of toward your lower back.

So, there's the making it slippery enough thing. There's also being relaxed. When your muscles become very tense around your pelvic area, it can be difficult (and painful) to insert anything! Do whatever you gotta do to get relaxed - sing a song, think about something nice, etc.

Lastly, make sure you're starting with the lowest absorbency tampon you can find - you can always work your way up. And don't get discouraged, lots of women have issues with this when they first try. [Smile]

(One other thing: You said pads feel icky, but have you tried washable pads? More info here: Eight Myths About Washable Menstrual Pads Dispelled There's also the Diva Cup, which is pretty popular around here:

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Don't feel alone, I still can't get one in for the life of me! The pain really sets me off, and if it hurts at all I can't relax afterwards. My suggestion would be try small plastic ones first, they're easiest, with as much lube as you need.
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