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OliveCon
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Ok so i have a dance recital in 2 days, and tech rehearsal tomorrow. Im really worried about what to do, because the costumes are very tight and small (liquid leggings in one number, cotton booty shorts in another). Usually i wear a thong with these so i don't get panty lines. Problem is i just started my period tonight, and I've never used a tampon before!! I'm a virgin, so i've never had much 'up there' before. Im worried it might not even go in, and if it does, what if i get tss! I really dont wanna get seriously sick. another concern is that what if my flow is too heavy and i leak through, or what if my flow is not heavy enough and i get tss? Really worried [Razz]
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Karybu
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Unless you've got very heavy flow, a regular absorbency tampon should be ok for the few hours of tech rehearsal and then another few hours for the performance. (You always want to use the lowest possible absorbency for your flow, and if you're not sure, start off with a light tampon and go from there.) TSS is pretty rare, and only happens when a tampon has been left in for too long, so if you're changing them when necessary (every 4-8 hours) and using the proper absorbency it won't be a problem.

In terms of getting used to using tampons, it can be helpful to have a bit of a feel with your fingers first so that you have an idea of the angle of your vagina. It doesn't go straight up into the body, but towards your back a bit, so trying to push a tampon straight upwards is likely to be pretty uncomfortable. Some tampons come with cardboard or plastic applicators, but if you're just learning to use them, you might find that it's easier to go without the applicator so you have a bit more control over exactly where the tampon is going. Really, it just takes a bit of practice, and you'll likely have to try it a few times before you get the hang of it. I also found this article that goes through the steps of inserting a tampon with an applicator that might be useful for you as well: http://pms.about.com/od/hygiene/ht/8825_tampon_ins.htm

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