Question: Hi, I have 2 questions. 1: well, I want to start using tampons and I have absolutely no idea what hole to put it in and worried if I put it in the wrong one. And 2: sometimes when I'm on my period I get an itchy vagina and its drive's me crazy. What should I do?
Dr. Farah Kroman: The main things you need to do are: get in the right position and try to relax. The muscles of the pelvic floor are very strong, so if you’re not relaxed, it will be very hard to put the tampon in. Get to know your body. Get a mirror and have a look where the tampon is going to go before you start. An easy and convenient position is with one foot on the toilet seat or squatting. Wash your hands well then use your index finger to gently push the tampon past your labia (outside folds of the vagina) into your vagina. Push it in as far as it will go - don’t worry, you can’t go too far. Make sure that the strings are hanging out for easy retrieval. When you are done, you shouldn’t be able to feel the tampon. If you do, then you haven’t pushed it in far enough, remove it and start again with a new one.