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I started my period yesterday, and was bleeding heavily, stained my underwear during the night, blah blah blah... anyway, feeling overall mad at my body and hating my period, I decided to finally try to put in a tampon.

I'm 16, started my period when I was 14, and have used pads since then because everytime I tried to put in a tampon I couldn't find the opening, was too nervous etc... Well, earlier today, I ended up wasting a couple of tampons, starting over, and SUCCESS.

The relief of finally figuring it out! I'm pretty sure I put it in right, I followed the directions and I couldn't feel it at all inside of me.

Anyway, about 15 minutes later my vagina starting hurting. This is hard to explain, but it felt like on the right side of my vaginal "wall" or whatever, it was aching and throbbing, and it would last for a few seconds(in which I'd have to stop moving because it hurt so much) and then it would pass. and then about 5 minutes later, it would ache and throb some more, and then it would pass.

It continued doing this for about 20 minutes until i went into the bathroom and took the tampon out. It hurt taking the tampon out and it ached for a few minutes afterwards, but then it stopped. That was about an hour ago and it hasnt ached at all since I took the tampon out.

What could this mean? I'm too scared to try putting another tampon in, in case it happens again. Does this make any sense to anyone?
(I don't know the symptoms of TSS, but I'm pretty sure it's not that since this is the first time I've ever worn a tampon)

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Tampons manage flow by absorbing flow -- in other words, by pulling fluids from your vagina. For that reason, tampons can often increase the feeling of cramps.

So, it may be that you're just particularly sensitive to that feeling -- you don't have to worry about anything like TSS within such a short period of use, so that's really the only likely explanation.

If you don't care for that feeling, you may want to stick to pads, or consider using a menstrual cup instead. Like a tampon, it is internal, but unlike tampons, it collects flow rather than absorbing it.

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