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How to use an Applicator Tampon

How Do You Put a Tampon In?

December 12, 2023

Aunt Flow is on a mission to bring our high-quality tampons to the masses! Whether this is your first period or you’re an experienced menstruator, here are some helpful reminders before we dive into how to insert an applicator tampon:

  • Become familiar with your own body. Don’t be afraid to use a mirror and check it out down there!
  • Depending on your flow, you should change your tampon every 2-4 hours. Use the lowest tampon absorbency level to meet your needs. Avoid keeping a tampon in for more than 8 hours.
  • Do not flush used tampons, pads or wrappers down the toilet. Wrap the products in toilet paper and dispose of them in a trash can.
  • Remove your used tampon before inserting a new one. You can use a tampon and pad simultaneously to prevent leaking, but NEVER use more than one tampon at a time.
  • Menstruation is NATURAL! A typical menstrual cycle is 28 days and the duration of your period (the part where one bleeds) can last 4-7 days. These are national averages; However, each body is unique. Make sure to ask questions about your period!
Aunt Flow Applicator Tampon Unwrapped

Step 1

Sit on the toilet with your knees apart. Remove the outer paper wrapper of the tampon.

Step 2

Hold the applicator tampon in one hand. With the string hanging down, insert the outer tube of the tampon at a slight angle towards your back. Slide the applicator all the way in. Push the inner tube all the way into the outer tube until the ends of both tubes are even.

Step 3

Firmly hold onto the outer tube and pull it out gently, leaving the tampon inside of your body and the string hanging outside, ready for removal.

Step 4

Toss the tube into the trash. NEVER flush the tube or tampon down the toilet!

Step-By-Step Guide on How to Insert an Applicator Tampon

TIP: Move the tampon string to one side of your underwear so that it’s easy to locate for removal.

TIP: If you insert your tampon correctly, you should not feel it. If you do feel it, use your finger to wiggle the tampon around so that it’s in a comfortable position. 

Reminder: Toxic Shock Syndrome is a rare but serious disease sometimes associated with tampon use. Warning signs include flu-like symptoms. If you’re experiencing this, remove your tampon and contact your doctor immediately. 

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claire coder,
founder + ceo

Hi! I’m Claire. I founded Aunt Flow after getting my period in public without the supplies needed.

At 18 years old, I dedicated my life to developing a solution to ensure businesses and schools could sustainably provide quality period products, for free, in bathrooms. Our products are made with organic cotton and we are constantly working to reduce our environmental impact! Since 2021, we've donated over 6 MILLION period products to menstruators in need. I call this people helping people. PERIOD.®