5:41 pm - 06/02/2009

Taking tampons out!

Ok, I am slightly embarrassed by this, but I'm 21 years old and today I tried to put a tampon in for the first time. I've had PIV sex, so by using the applicator I had no problem getting it in. I just had questions about removal, I think because I just had this ultimate fear of getting a tampon stuck in me (I know this isn't possible due to some comments some of you have already given me.) When you take the tampon out, do you find that you have to tug quite a bit/and work your muscles? When I took the tampon out (just because I got scared and paranoid) it wasn't very bloody, I mean, it was bloody but not very. But the thing was, I had quite a hard time with it and I had to actually calm myself down and stop freaking out and tell myself I was going to be able to get it out and everything would be ok.

Is this because the tampon wasn't soaked through that I had a tougher time getting it out, or perhaps should I look for a thinner tampon? I was using Tampax Pearl, I'm not exactly sure about the size/if it comes in different sizes because I grabbed it from my sister's cupboard. I want to try a tampon again, I'm just really hesitant because I didn't expect so much resistance when I tried to take it out. The packaging to the tampon was green (I don't know if that helps!) but when I just googled tampax pearl, the super version came up as green, and yellow as regular. My guess would also be that I would need regular rather than super.

Sorry for the rambling, but I could definitely appreciate some feedback to help me out with my paranoia! :)
syntheticdeath 2nd-Jun-2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
It always takes me a few tugs to get it out. Before I had sex, I used to freak out because it was very hard for me to pull it out (I literally had to squat, tell myself to shut up and tugged it a few times). But I've never had it get stuck, never had huge problems getting it out. It is more difficult to get it out when it's partially soaked, like yours was. If I were you, I'd use the smallest absorbency that you need. Try regular, and if that tampon doesn't get soaked as much as it should, try light. Good luck!
rachelashleigh 2nd-Jun-2009 09:48 pm (UTC)
I'm not even kidding you, I actually had to squat and relax myself to get it out, LOL.

Yes I accidentally also tried the super absorbent ones...so I definitely need regular!
stereosymbiosis 2nd-Jun-2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, those are the super absorbency tampons, and they're hard to get out even if they're fully saturated. It always takes me about 15-20 seconds to take mine out. I wouldn't worry about it. Next time try the regular absorbency and that may work out better for you.
rachelashleigh 2nd-Jun-2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah I am going to pick up the regular ones and give that one a try!!! Thanks :)
hiriel1804 2nd-Jun-2009 09:48 pm (UTC)
In short, yes, tampons that are not soaked are more uncomfortable to remove than those that are. If you get the right absorbency, and let it become quite soaked before removing, it should be more comfortable. I haven't used tampons in a long time, but for me, it always took a little bit of a tug to remove it, but as long as it was soaked, it wasn't actually uncomfortable.
melodic_lyrics 2nd-Jun-2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you probably need to change absorbency to "regular", and not "super". It's definitely MUCH harder to pull out a dry tampon than one that needs changing. I find I don't have to ever flex my muscles to push the tampon out. It usually slides out pretty well on its own. :)

Also, I'm not sure how often you plan on changing your tampons, but I find that I don't need to change mine very often. Maybe once every 4 hours, sometimes I can go longer than that, depending on my flow.
3goodtimes 2nd-Jun-2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
It's best to leave the tampon in until you either reach the limit listed on the box or the tampon isn't working anymore (meaning there's blood coming out or the tampon just feels heavier or like it's poking out a bit). It's much easier to take out when it's absorbed a good amount of blood. It should just sort of slide out easily.

It also helps to relax yourself as much as you can. Take a deep breath and get into a position that makes it easier to remove the tampon (like lifting one foot up on the toilet seat/bath tub or squatting down).

A tampon cannot get stuck. It cannot be absorbed into your body because there's nowhere for it to go. If you have trouble getting it out, don't panic. Just try to relax as much as you can.

Tampons do come in different sizes, so if you'd rather start out with a smaller one, go to the grocery store/pharmacy and pick up 'slim' or 'regular.' Reading the instructions should help you decide how long you need to keep the tampons in, but it's also just a matter of feel/experience.

Good luck!
jadeserenity 2nd-Jun-2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
I feel pretty confident saying that your fear of not being able to get it out significantly contributed to your having a difficult time with it. I've noticed the same thing happen with me when I first started using my menstrual cup. You get scared, those muscles tighten up.
curious__george 2nd-Jun-2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
When removing mine, I take it out (gently) while urinating, because I'm most relaxed then. I just make sure I angle the string in a (safe) way, so that I don't pee on my hand (and even if I do, oh well, it's sterile, mine, can be washed, and I've touched nastier things).
yearofadventure 2nd-Jun-2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
I'd definitely try the regular absorbency ones or the slim/sport ones, because if it is too dry, it can be a bit tougher to get out. Also, from my experience, the pearl ones were the roughest to remove, but that may have just been me

paperispatient 2nd-Jun-2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
This. Personally, I'm not a fan of Tampax at all, I find Playtex much more comfortable. It's kind of a trial and error process, figuring out which brand, style, and absorbancy is right for you during different parts of your period.
yearofadventure 2nd-Jun-2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
Agreed, I am more of a playtex girl, but it is all personal preference.
aprilpants 3rd-Jun-2009 02:31 am (UTC)
Yeah, I second this. The first tampon I tried was a tampax something. It was kind of rectangular and I had trouble getting it out. I've had a lot less trouble with Playtex.
alucardkpl 2nd-Jun-2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
Since tampons absorb so much of your vagina's natural moisture, sometimes it's really dry and hard to get out. (I've had this problem too, especially at the end of my period, when my flow is lighter and I am thus less lubricated) It is more difficult to remove than insert also because when tampons absorb that moisture, they expand a lot.

Now, I don't really have to worry about it cause I use menstrual cups, which don't absorb your vagina's natural lubricant, and are thus much easier to get out.

My best advice for you if you continue to use tampons is to use low absorption tampons if your period isn't heavy and to RELAX when you take them out. When you freak out, your vaginal muscles tense and start to suck the tampon in deeper.
running_farmer 3rd-Jun-2009 12:22 am (UTC)
i would definitely recommend trying out the light or regular ones next time around, they sound like they might fit your flow better. also i usually wear a pantyliner (like the always long ones) when i use tampons so i can tell when the tampon is full without staining my underwear. i change them out when there's blood on the pantyliner/string or it's been six hours, whichever one comes first; that way they're a lot easier to remove. i can totally understand where you are right now, it always seems to me that even though i'm bleeding everything is really dry when i use tampons! just try to relax and work with your body, you'll be fine :)
dandelionwaves 3rd-Jun-2009 01:33 am (UTC)
it can take some tugging to get it out, but if the tampon is thoroughly soaked it will come out pretty easily. the green wrapper is the super for the brand. i think its a good tampon because the applicator is great, so just try and get the slim or regulars and make sure you keep the tampon in for a while before taking it out.
lilya17 3rd-Jun-2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
You should use the lightest tampon for your flow. Like if you have an average flow and it's a decision between the heavy duty tampon and the lighter one, use a lighter/thinner one. Apparently it can increase the chance of TSS if youre using too large a tampon. Im guessing if it wasnt very soaked, you dont need such a big one :) And yeah I know what youre talking about, it can be pretty painful for me trying to pull one out if it's too dry lol, sorry guys if that's too much info :D
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