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Why does my tampon hurt?

If you've ever experienced pain or discomfort while wearing a tampon, you might be wondering, "Why does my tampon hurt?". The short answer is that tampons shouldn't cause pain when used correctly. However, there are several reasons why you may experience discomfort, ranging from incorrect insertion to underlying health issues.

In this article, we'll take a closer look at the potential causes of tampon pain and discuss when it's time to seek medical attention. We'll also explore some alternatives to tampons that may provide a more comfortable menstrual experience.

Reasons Why Your Tampon May Hurt

  1. Incorrect Insertion

One of the most common reasons for tampon pain is incorrect insertion. If the tampon is not inserted far enough into the vagina, it can sit too low and cause discomfort. On the other hand, if it's inserted too far, it may press against the cervix, leading to pain. 

To avoid this, make sure to follow the instructions provided with your tampons and insert them at a comfortable depth. If you're unsure about how to properly insert a tampon, check out our guide on how to use tampons.

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  1. Using the Wrong Absorbency

Tampons come in different absorbencies to accommodate varying flow levels. Using a tampon with a higher absorbency than needed can cause dryness and irritation, making it painful to remove. That said, using a tampon with too low an absorbency can lead to leaks and the need for frequent changes, which may also cause discomfort. 

To find the right absorbency for your flow, start with the lowest absorbency that provides adequate protection and gradually increase if needed. It's also important to note that organic tampons can be gentler than normal tampons on your vagina. They are free from harsh chemicals and synthetic materials that can exacerbate dryness and irritation, making them a more comfortable choice. 

  1. Vaginal Dryness

Let's talk about vaginal dryness – it's a common issue that can make using tampons a real pain, literally. When your vagina isn't lubricated enough, inserting or removing a tampon can feel uncomfortable. This can be caused by hormonal changes, certain medications, or medical conditions. 

Consider using a lubricant specifically designed for vaginal use to help ease insertion and removal. Look for a lube that's free from harsh chemicals and irritants, and be sure to avoid oil-based lubes if you're using condoms. Remember, your vagina deserves the best. Choosing organic cotton tampons can also help reduce irritation and discomfort.

Alternatives to Tampons

If you find that tampons consistently cause discomfort, there are several alternatives worth considering:

  1. Menstrual cups

Menstrual cups are reusable, flexible cups that are inserted into the vagina to collect menstrual blood. They are eco-friendly and can be worn for up to 12 hours, depending on your flow.

  1. Reusable pads

Reusable pads are a sustainable and comfortable option. They are made from soft, breathable materials and can be washed and reused for several years.

  1. Period pants

Period pants are designed with absorbent layers to provide leak-free protection without the need for additional products. They come in various styles and absorbencies to suit your needs and preferences.

When to Contact your GP

While some discomfort during tampon use is normal, severe pain or persistent discomfort should not be ignored. If you experience any of the following symptoms, it's important to contact your GP:

  • Severe pain during tampon insertion or removal
  • Unusual vaginal discharge or odour
  • Itching or burning in the vaginal area
  • Rash or skin irritation around the vagina
  • Fever or flu-like symptoms

These symptoms may indicate an underlying condition, such as a vaginal infection or toxic shock syndrome (TSS), which requires prompt medical attention.

The Bottom Line

Experiencing pain while wearing a tampon is more common than you might think, but that doesn't mean you should just grin and bear it. By understanding why your tampon might be causing discomfort and knowing when to seek help, you can take control of your menstrual experience and say goodbye to discomfort. 

If tampons are consistently causing you pain, it's time to explore your options. There's no need to suffer in silence when there are plenty of period products to explore, like organic cotton tampons, or even pads, cups and period pants. 

At DAME, we believe that everyone deserves a comfortable, worry-free period. That's why we're dedicated to creating sustainable, organic period products that work with your body, not against it.

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