Inserting tampon after shower

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Inserting tampon after shower

Unread postby MuchShy » Sat Aug 15, 2020 4:05 pm

Hello! I recently started using tampons. I couldn't find the answer for my question anywhere online so I thought I'd come here. In the morning when I have my period I like to have a shower to clean myself. After the shower though, when I try to insert a tampon my vagina is quite dry (because I have cleaned myself. I only use water to do that) and it is hard to insert and it hurts a little bit. Is this normal and what can I do?
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Re: Inserting tampon after shower

Unread postby Alexa » Sun Aug 16, 2020 6:32 am

Hi there, MuchShy!

It makes sense that if you wash away your menstrual blood, it will be harder to insert a tampon (the menstrual blood usually acts as lubricant for the tampon for a painless insertion).

I would recommend one of two things: either use a little bit of lube to insert the tampon after your shower, or insert your tampon prior to the shower and just rinse your outer labia with water. If you do this, you will want to avoid getting the tampon string wet to insure you don't have any discomfort later on.

Let us know what you think/if you continue to have discomfort!
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