How do you even use a tampon?!

Girl confused how to use tampon

Using tampons can be daunting for the very first time, which is understandable as many fear it will fall out, feel uncomfortable, hurt or just not insert properly. Because tampon use has been associated with toxic shock syndrome, a rare but deadly disease, it's natural to feel hesitant.

However, with the correct information which can be found in all tampon box and a little bit of practice, it will become a whole lot easier for you to try it out.

Below, you'll find the correct instructions on how to insert, use and dispose of tampons.

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly before and after inserting a tampon.
  2. Remove the wrapper

-Remove the coloured tear strip and unwrap the bottom half of the plastic cover. Carefully unwind the withdrawal cord.

-While holding the string firmly, remove the remaining piece of the plastic cover. Try not to handle the main part of the tampon more than is necessary and avoid placing the tampon on any surfaces after you have unwrapped it

  1. Prepare to insert

Hold the tampon at the cord end. Adopt the position most comfortable for you (eg sit with kneed apart, squat or stand with one left on the toilet, chair or edge of the bathtub.

  1. Insert the tampon

-Breathe out slowly and relax. With your free hand, spread the open folds of the skin at the vaginal opening.

-Gently push the tampon inside the vaginal opening, the resistance you may feel when you try this is the normal pressure of muscles, which helps to hold the tampon in place once you have inserted it. Gently rotating the tampon might help.

-Once the tampon is partly inside the vaginal opening, use your middle finger to push the tampon fully inside the vagina. You should aim your finger towards your lower back when guiding the tampon in. Push your finger inside to its full extent, which will place the tampon in the central part of the vagina where there are a few nerve endings. Make sure you leave the cord hanging outside your body.

If you are using tampons for the very first time, you may need a little practice. It may help to try them for the first time on a heavy day of your period when your vagina will be well lubricated to help insertion. Your finger is just the right length to place a tampon in the correct position inside the vagina. It’s just a matter of learning to know your body.


A tampon cannot fall out because it is held in place by the muscles at the vaginal opening. It can’t get lost either because the opening of the cervix is far too small to allow a tampon to pass through.

  1. Have I inserted it properly?

A tampon cannot be felt if it has been inserted correctly, so if you feel any pressure or discomfort the tampon may not have been inserted properly or be far enough inside the vagina. Relax and push it in further or simply wait until the tampon has become saturated so you can easily remove it and start again. Do not insert a tampon if it hurts to do so and never insert more than one tampon at a time.

  1. When to change the tampon?

By lightly tugging on the withdrawal cord, you will be able to tell if it is time to change – if the tampon does not move, it is not saturated and there is no need to change. Though your needs will depend on your individual flow, you should change your tampon 3—6 times a day, depending on flow. You certainly shouldn’t leave your tampon in for more than 8 hours.

  1. Removing the tampon

Simply pull the string at the same angle at which the tampon was inserted. Check on removal that the tampon is intact. If not, consult your doctor promptly for advice and assistance. If you ever have trouble finding the string, it can be usually easily reached from a squatting position, using your fingers. Remember to remove the current tampon before inserting another and make sure you remove the last tampon at the end of your period.

  1. Disposal of the tampon and wrapper

In the interest of the environment and keeping waterways clean, we recommend you use an alternative means of disposal other than the sewerage system.

  1. Which size should I use?

Some periods are heavy and others are light, young girls differ from women after childbirth and a woman’s choice of contraception can affect menstruation

s. rosa organic’s tampons are:

-100% organic, cotton tampons

-Regular size

-Approximately 11g of absorbency

-Suitable for medium flow

Please note that tampons are not sterile and neither are you hands or vagina. Tampons, while containing very small amount of bacteria normally present in the air, have not been shown to carry the bacteria that cause Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS).

What is TSS?

Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is a rare but serious illness that may cause death. It is caused by a toxin (a kind of biological poison) which is produced by a type of bacteria (Staphylococcus aureaus). These bacteria are found in the nose of about one-third of the population. They may also be found on the skin and occasionally in the vagina without causing harm.

Who is at risk?

TSS can occur in both males and females of any age, but it is more common in young women who use tampons during their periods.

How does it occur?

If the toxin is produced in the vagina or wound, and absorbed from there into the bloodstream, a person who is not resistant to the toxin may become ill.

Most people develop resistance to the toxin (that is why the illness is so rare) and in these people there is no harmful effect.

The symptoms of TSS may develop rapidly. Early recognition an treatment of these symptoms can usually prevent serious illness.

What are the symptoms of TSS?

The early symptoms may begin suddenly and are similar to the ‘flu’. Reminder, early recognition of these symptoms is very important.

-Feeling very ill, headache, muscular pains

-High fever and chills, usually 39°C (102°F) or higher

-Vomiting, diarrhoea, or both

-Fainting, dizziness, weakness or confusion

-Sunburn-like rash

What must I do if I think I have TSS?

If, during your period or shortly after you have any of the above symptoms, REMOVE YOUR TAMPON AND SEE A DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY. Remember, it is very important to tell the doctor that you have been using tampons.

If you have ever had TSS, you should not use tampons until you have discussed the matter with a doctor. You may have not developed resistance to the toxin and could get TSS again.

Do tampons cause TSS?

The simple answer is no. Tampons do not carry the bacteria that cause TSS. However, tampons use has been associated with an increased risk of TSS. Although TSS can occur with the use of tampons of any absorbency, the risk increases with the use of tampons of higher absorbency.

Where can I get more information about TSS?

More information is available at

s. rosa organic’s tampons are produced under a quality system and comply with the strict requirements of AS/NZS 2869:2008

In the unlikely event of having to complain about this product, please email Customer Care at

s. rosa organic is an Australian owned company

ABN 17 350 790 252

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