10:37 am - 02/11/2009

Getting comfortable with tampons

Hi superstars:

What are some good tampon tips and good tampon brands for someone who's attempting to use them for the first time in years and previously has never had success?

I'm due to start bleeding exactly the day (the 16th) that my partner and I join my family and some close family friends at in a ski chalet right on the mountain, something we've never been able to do before, and the chalet includes a private hottub I'd really like to take advantage of. Hanging out after a long of skiing in a hot tub is about my favourite thing to do. Usually, when I get my period, I just opt out of any swimming activities, although the overlap between swimming and my period doesn't happen too often. This time, I'm really disappointed. I'm loathe to miss out on everyone hanging out in the hottub reliving all the great wipeouts of the ski day.

I haven't tried using tampons since I was around 15 or 16, I think; I'm 21 now, and since my last attempts have become sexually active--I'm hoping a tampon might feel more comfortable now. Previously, I've had a lot of trouble locating a comfortable angle to insert the tampon, and the one time I actually got one in all the way (my one previous act of desperation so I could go tubing at the lake...), I know it couldn't have been in as it should, because I could feel it and was aware of it the whole time.


Oh, and I'm in Canada, if that information helps in regards to recommending brands. And I'm a poor student.

Thank you so much in advance.

EDIT: I know all about diva, moon cups, et cetera. I'm not looking for recommendations for any of those products, although I might look into them later (I'd prefer to get a handle on being about to stand a tampon first). Basically I just want to find a quick-fix to this hottub situation, haha. I don't think I'm looking to become a regular tampon-user right now.
paperispatient 11th-Feb-2009 06:52 pm (UTC)
I don't know about their availability in Canada, but I started out using Playtex Slimfits. They're very slim, smaller than any "regular" sized tampon I've seen. I personally despise the Tampax cardboard applicator tampons, I find the applicator really uncomfortable and the tampon itself is kind of long, which probably isn't ideal if you're getting used to using them and trying to figure out how to make them feel comfortable. I also used to either squat on the floor or put one leg up on the toilet seat when putting a tampon in, that often helped me get it in more deeply than just sitting on the toilet did. Luck! :)
brightcrayon87 11th-Feb-2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! :)
penut_head_jo 11th-Feb-2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
I second the playtex slimfits.

after pregnancy though, I became uncomfortable with tampons being in me... so I have a divacup. I love love love it.
jmnstars 11th-Feb-2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
Kotex tampons have a nice smooth plastic applicator and are the only tampons I used...when I used tampons. I now use a menstrual cup. You can do anything with the cup that you can do with a tampon. I am not sure what your availability there is for you for either products is though...
arseaboutface 11th-Feb-2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
I recently started using applicator-less OB, and I cannot say enough good things about them. I've been using tampons pretty much consistently since I was 14, and I'll be 35 in March. I love these things. Insertion is so much more comfortable, they're smaller and easier to carry, the boxes are tiny, there's less waste, etc. etc. etc.
arctowardthesun 11th-Feb-2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
Seconding the OB love. I learned how to use them because i had no other option but i prefer them now.

Also, they can be hidden in a bra if you have no pockets.
_96 11th-Feb-2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
and I love OB Silk Touch cause they have that smooth silky cover, doesn't irritate anything at all.
gunsforchildren 12th-Feb-2009 12:10 am (UTC)
I've been on lybrel for a year now, but before i stopped bleeding, i loved these things, from the first time i ever bled.
roseant 11th-Feb-2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
Some people can feel tampons when they aren't doing anything wrong.

I think Playtex or OB would be good brands. They're not square shaped like Tampax.

Insert a finger to reach your cervix. That should be the angle you put in a tampon(it is for me anyway). The tampon should be right below your cervix.

The instructions say to insert as you deep as you can. Some people just can't do that without discomfort because their cervix sits low. If you're comfortable with tampons without an applicator, try OB.
foureyedgirl 11th-Feb-2009 07:07 pm (UTC)
Playtex slimfits. That's what I started out with, they're great.
theloveofvegan 11th-Feb-2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
i would go with a diva cup
better for your body and the earth
vdoeschallenge 11th-Feb-2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
i personally like tampax pearls because they are really smooth. also you should probably start with a "lite" or "junior" size, even if you have to change more often, because they are smaller. one tip i can give you(because i had problems with feeling it when i first started!) is to put the applicator all the way in your vagina so your finger tips are just inside when you are holding onto the grip. then push the plunger all the way up. it should be in far enough!
oh, and try standing with one foot on the toilet. now i can put it in standing normal, but to start it was definitely easier with one foot on the toilet.
angie_aubergine 11th-Feb-2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
PLAYTEX SPORT!! i have been using tamps for years, and these are BY FAR my favorite. and i dont really even like tampons, to be honest :).

they are plastic applicators (which makes insertion easy, but bad for environment), which are *TAPERED* (selling point right there!), and slim fitting, but with 360 coverage.

i love them. they are sold in a light pink box with a green silhouette of a girl. i think they run about $10-15 for a box of 15. the tapered part is awesome, because even if you can feel that its going in a funny direction, once its in all the way the applicator slides into the most comfortable spot, and then you remove it! seriously perfect every time.

i dont think you'd get them in time, but if you'd like i have 100+ coupons for them that ill never get to use (nobody bleeds this much!).. so i could always mail you some of them to cut the cost for next time!
box_of_rocks 12th-Feb-2009 12:38 am (UTC)
Wow, $10-15 for a box of 15? Do you live somewhere with a very high cost of living, or are those tampons super expensive compared to other ones at the same store? I'm just curious because I usually get mine for $2-2.50 each if I get a generic box of 20 'pons, or maybe $4 or so if I splurge on Tampax Pearls. A buck a tampon seems like it would add up to a lot really quick!
angie_aubergine 12th-Feb-2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
i live in ottawa, which is slightly more expensive.. plus im going off of an old memory in passing from a grocery store, which are always jacking prices on items like this

haha, yeah they are probably closer to 5$ max.. but at least if she brought $10, she could by 2 boxes!;)

i have never purchased them personally, i work at a campus bookstore and Playtex shipped us a truckload of samples to give out to students and all the female employees took home a huge box!
tanyaface 12th-Feb-2009 04:13 am (UTC)
my playtex sport boxes cost me like 3.67 at Wal-Mart for a box of 18.

I'm in Toronto...
pirastro_tonica 11th-Feb-2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
oh man this happened to me last summer, where a bunch of friends were all back from college and they all decided to go hot tubbing, and just my luck I started my period the day before that! and I've never used a tampon before.
I had to have my friend stand outside the bathroom door while trying to explain this to me...so emberessing! haha. but I started out with a playtex one and it was SO UNCOMFORTABLE omg. I hated the cardboard applicator and how long it was. she gave me an OB one, and it was a million times better.

lets just say I was able to hot tub that night! I was really excited.
so I'm going to say OB. I use the smallest "light" size. when I first started out, I had to lay on the floor to put it in at teh right angle. now I can do it sitting on the toilet. also make sure to push it up to your second knuckle to make sure its far enough.

good luck!!
box_of_rocks 12th-Feb-2009 12:33 am (UTC)
I much prefer plastic applicators to cardboard, particularly Tampax Pearl or the generic equivalent. I've personally never used it, but I've heard some women use lube to get the tampon in. And the key to not feeling it is to get it inserted as deep as possible - if it's just barely in you'll feel it and it will feel weird and uncomfortable, but if it's fully inserted you probably won't feel a thing.
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tanyaface 12th-Feb-2009 04:12 am (UTC)
I like the Playtex Sport ones :)

get unscented!
brightcrayon87 12th-Feb-2009 04:56 am (UTC)
Thanks for the recommendation! :)
neurotic 13th-Feb-2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
Playtex! I believe, as others have mentioned, they make skinnier ones, although the regular and lite absorbencies of GentleGlide are pretty skinny themselves =) I go with GentleGlide unscented. The scented ones are unnecessary and the fragrances in them can cause irritation.

I like plastic applicators best- cardboard ones pinch and aren't as smooth. The design of Playtex is also more practical and less likely to leak.

Don't forget to breathe! Try inserting it while standing with one foot propped on the toilet seat cover to open things up a little. Aim for your lower back.

Good luck! =)
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