Yesterday I sent my friend an image showing the three things most women use for their periods: A sanitary pad, a Menstruation cup, and a tampon.
Him: Kikombe hutumiwa aje now (How is a cup used)?
Me: Inaingizwa to imagine (It is inserted).
Him: Like I know what a vagina is, what I can’t figure out is how you put a cup in, a panty and walk comfortably around, and even sit🙄.
Me: Run, jog, one can do a lot. Mtu anaweza iweka na asifeel anything (One can insert it and feel nothing while it’s inside).
Him: Hiyo (that) I’m yet to understand what it is and how it’s put.
Me: I will update my article on it. I wrote about it but didn’t mention how it’s put.
This conversation got me on research to know how menstrual hygiene products are used (thanks to my friend). Let’s begin with tampons.
There are different types of tampons and depending on your flow, you can choose the right one to use. They come in different types: lite, regular, super, and super plus. A tampon has two parts. One is the tampon itself which has a string extension and the second part is the applicator with a plunger. The applicator is very necessary when using the tampon for the first time.
What a tampon does is absorb blood. When that happens it expands and becomes easier to pull out. In order to insert the tampon in, you must be in either of the three positions: Sit on a toilet, stand with one foot raised above the ground (you can either place it on a chair or on a toilet seat), or bend your knees and squat.
After taking a good position, having washed your hands well, follow the below steps:
- Spread the labia (vaginal opening).
- Carefully place the vaginal applicator at the entrance of the vagina.
- Push the plunger in, to allow the tampon inside the vagina.
- When certain the tampon is in, remove the plunger.
- If it’s your first time inserting the tampon, you can leave the string hanging outside your vagina but with time you can learn to tie it and place it between your labia to avoid the string getting into contact with pee or stool.
Before eight hours you can remove it. For you to do that, make sure it has absorbed enough blood for easier removal. A dry tampon causes friction and it will hurt when removing it.
Below are the steps:
- Assume one of the positions above of your choice.
- Grab the string and pull it out gently.
- Make sure you are relaxed before removing the tampon to allow the vaginal opening muscles relax. To avoid being hurt, make sure you have used the right tampon for your flow, for it to absorb enough blood.
Inorder to avoid feeling the tampon while inside your vagina, do not let it sit low at entrance of your vagina, it will hurt and make you uncomfortable.
I am glad you enjoyed reading this. The next article will be on how to use a menstrual cup. Do you think you can use a tampon?