I've been having trouble inserting a tampon
Dr. Kroman says...
Hi Megan. Even though 12 is the average age for your periods to start, the normal range is between 11 and 16 years old. Your mum’s right, it depends a lot on your genetics. It is also affected by your body mass index (BMI).Are you quite slim or do you play a lot of sport? In any case, you shouldn’t worry until you are at least 16. In fact, enjoy your period free time!
Have your breasts started developing? Your periods usually starts about a year after the start of breast development but this can varyInserting a tampon should be very easy – it’s usually easier once your period has started as there is more lubrication – so I don’t recommend trying again until you actually have your period. The main things you need to do is get in the right position and of course 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. 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 is 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. Don’t forget, your pack of tampons will also have usage instructions inside, so have a read of those too.