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Alright so this morning I tried to put in a tampon. Normally I just use pads but I figured I'd try a tampon because we are in our swimming unit at school and I didn't want to miss out on the participation points and have to run laps outside. I've tried a few times before with no luck, but this time I actually got it in (not sure how far, but it was secure I think). I was happy that I'd actually been able to get it in, but when I walked around a bit with the tampon in it was painful and really uncomfortable (like a dry, chafing sensation), so I tried to take it out after a few minutes. It burned and I couldn't take it out with ease so I pulled and the next thing I remember is waking up on the bathroom floor with a contorted expression on my face, dizziness in my head, and nausea. My vision was kinda blacked out and blurry and I felt sick for the rest of today so I stayed home from school. I'm scared now to ever try tampons again. Are they supposed to feel painful and uncomfortable? And is it weird that I passed out from trying to take it out?
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Tampons shouldn't be uncomfortable or painful, but taking one out when it's only been in for a few minutes can be pretty uncomfortable because it's still dry at that point. Passing out from that discomfort is unusual, so you might want to check in with a doctor, but sometimes dizziness, fainting and nausea are just a response to pain or discomfort.

In the future, if you want to try tampons again, get the smallest size and lowest absorbancy you need, and try putting some water-based lube on the tip to help it slide in. It might also help to use one without an applicator (or just take it out of the applicator) so that you have a better idea of exactly where you're placing it. If you're not familiar with the angle of your vagina, either, that's something to work on: it doesn't go straight up, but rather angles towards your back, so part of the discomfort you felt might have been that the tampon was in but at an odd angle.

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Ah okay. Well that's a relief. I guess I never really had any direction on how tampons work, but I appreciate the help [Smile] . Thank you
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I used to have a similar problem as well, I could get the tampon in, but it wasn't in far enough or at the right angle, so I felt a lot of irritation. What helped me was to lie down on my back, use my finger to feel the angle at which I should insert the tampon, and then slowly slide it as far as possible. When it's in correctly, you can't feel it at all. You're right about it hurting to remove when dry. If you know you don't have it in correctly and need to remove it, just lie on your back again, relax your muscles, and try to pull it out at the correct angle as well. If you try to pull straight down, it will hurt even worse. Hope this helped a bit.
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