Are tampons supposed to hurt?

I'm a virgin and I just started wearing tampons during my menstrual cycles. They are the smallest tubes but it still hurts a lot when I insert them. This has me wondering how I am ever going to have sex if it hurts this much just for a tampon! I know I am inserting it right but it just feels really weird. I'm worried. Is this normal? Will I be able to enjoy sex?
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  • The first couple of times I used tampons it was pretty painful, I couldn't even get it in a few times so waited until my next period.

    It's just something your body isn't used too - and you're probably not all that relaxed about it so you're working against yourself in a sense. Also - I'm imagining when you're going to put it in (this is going to be gross) you've used the bathroom and wiped, this leaves you pretty dry down there. So for a first time, that isn't ideal, especially considering it's cotton.

    I'd also suggest plastic applicators, not the cardboard ones, if you're not using them, they work much better, and the dryness isn't as much of an issue.

    But yes - it's normal. It hurt for me, but when I got round to having sex, it was enjoyable, and pretty much pain free.

  • Are tampons supposed to hurt? No.

    For some girls if they are in the 10% of smaller than average vaginas it can hurt.

    Or if she is forceful, inserting it incorrectly, inserting it incorrectly, or just how it's inserted. Some feel better with the auto tampons aka tampon applicators.

    Is this normal? It's common. Tampons are supposed to cause a slight discomfort but what's slight discomfort may be pain for others.

    Will I be able to enjoy sex? Ask your gyno.

  • It's cotton, so it's gonna be normal being a virgin having it hurt a little when you insert them. A friend of mine used a tiny bit of vasoline on the end before she inserted them. Or you could use the tampax pearl. They are plastic so its much easier to slide in.

    • The ones I use are plastic too, but that vaseline idea seems really great!

    • Please avoid Vaseline - if you want some sort of lubrication get a water based one. Vaseline is oil based, as such doesn't dissolve and will just hang around there and increase the chance of some sort of infection.

Most Helpful Guy

  • I'm not the best person to answer this as a guy but I imagine its not quite the same. A tampon is textured much differently to collect liquid, you're sensitive at that time of the month so its likely to hurt with that. A penis is textured differently and more easy to slide in, might take some time you're first time but eventually it will go in. Not sure if that actually helped but just a guess...

    • Wow!

    • what 0_o

    • I kind of get what you are saying lol. But a penis is much bigger in size and I think it's the stretching that hurts not really the texture.

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  • A tampon shouldn't hurt, even if you're a virgin. If you can sense that it's there, then you don't have it in right. Try adJusting the angle of tampon when you insert it.

  • Do you put them all the way in?

    • I'm not sure but it doesn't hurt when it's inside, just when I am inserting the tube in.

  • if your a virgin you should use applicator tampons as they don't hurt when you insert them plus its easier and more hygienic

    • What are applicator tampons? I googled it but it looks just like the ones I use.

    • they have either a cardboard or plastic tube until some that you insert with your fingers