Gyn, tampon ? - page 2

I am 20 and have never worn a tampon. I have tried many times, but never have succeeded. Is it physically impossible for some people to wear tampons? Or is it just me?? :( It is really... Read More

  1. by   ktwlpn
    Good info Kristi....But don't forget the risks of tampons...I had toxic shock syndrome back in the early 80's-I was one sick puppy-the sickest I have ever been.I know that they have refined tampons these days but I still would think twice before using them-and then only if I really needed to (swimming etc) I was never totally comfortable with them in and they often leaked-so I would change them too soon...Nothing worse then yanking out a dry one-and that set me up for problems....
  2. by   jwl
    Pads are disgusting...like wearing a diaper, never mind the esthetics. I never realized using tampons was like rocket science.
  3. by   rn500
    Nolenurse, if your gyn exam checks out ok and there is no reason that you can't use tampins, definitely check out the o.b. tampons w/o applicators. They are the only ones I've ever used comfortably. For some reason the ones with applicators never seem to get in the right spot and I always feel like I'm sitting on something!

    And yes, i DID take the applicator out..... (I know what y'all were thinking!)
  4. by   Disablednurse
    I tried to use the OB tampons and never could get them in, thought they were too dry and too big. I much preferred the ones with the plastic applicators.
  5. by   ktwlpn
    Originally posted by jwl
    Pads are disgusting...like wearing a diaper, never mind the esthetics. I never realized using tampons was like rocket science.
    NO-not "rocket science" but all woo -hoos are NOT created equal...I'll take a "diaper" over tss anyday...
  6. by   Disablednurse
    Before I had my hysterectomy, I was going for all but about 2 or 3 days a month with a seriously large flow and would wear depends for a pad because the large pads did not even help.
  7. by   NICU_Nurse
    LOL Overnight pads (you know, the aircraft-sized ones?) are my savior. I remember being in high school and asking a friend for a pad, and she handed me this teeny-tiny panty liner. I was like, Umm, how about THREE of these? I went through many years of having to layer them front-to-back so I wouldn't..uh..squeeze any off of the pad (ya'll know what I mean)!

    As far as aesthetics go, the only person looking at my pad is me, so I've never worried about *that*.
  8. by   ?burntout
    Originally posted by Kristi2377
    No pelvic exam is a carnival ride (if yours is, I must have your doctor's number immediately!!)
    :chuckle :roll I have not laughed that much in a long time....that is SO funny.....LOL

    Seriously now, I had trouble with tampons too until after I was married. I don't wear them though unless I am going swimming or something of that nature. The key is RELAXATION...use KY to make it a little bit easier; use a mirror to check everything out-besides it will help you in the long run if there are problems down there; you'll be able to distinguish what is normal/not normal for you. Ditto what everyone else has suggested-see a GYN for a pelvic. It is a little uncomfortable-just try to relax; ask the MD or NP to explain EVERYTHING they are going to do before they do it.
    Also another little hint-if you squeeze you hands or grip the sides of the exam table, it will make your vaginal muscles "tense" too, making the exam more difficult. Just place your hands flat on you tummy and take slow deep breaths. If it is just unbearable, remember you can tell them to stop at ANY time.
  9. by   PennyLane
    I prefer regular, cardboard app type, ob, or organic all-cotton ones. The plastic ones aren't biodegradable.

    If I were really crunchy, I'd use the washable cotton pads like one girl I know uses. Can you say YUCK?
  10. by   ShortFuse_LPN
    There are also "slenders" and tampons designed for teens on the market. I'm not sure if they are Tampax, Playtex, or something else though.
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  12. by   KaroSnowQueen
    I have just ordered the Keeper and cloth pads, will let you know how they work out. Some friends of mine SWEAR by them, and say once you switch over you'll wonder what took you so long.
    I have started wearing the washable cotton pantyliners and I'll say they are GREAT!!!!!!!!!! Much more comfortable, no perspiration problems, not a big deal, throw it in the hamper with the underwear when you take them off.
    The total outlay for Keeper and a goodly supply of cloth pads is about a hundred bucks, but figure I spend at least 15 to 20 a month on disposable products, so figure I waste 100 on stupider stuff in my lifetime.
    The thing that REALLY makes this stuff sing to me is the idea of NEVER EVER having to run to the drugstore when I'm so tired I could die, and thinking, man, that thing could come any time, I'd better be prepared.
  13. by   igloorn93
    The slimfits are by platex and come with a slender plastic applicator. I never like the OB kind as I always had trouble getting them in. (Too dry). I have used tampons since the second day of my very first period. I was totally grossed out by pads. HATE them. I have never had any problem with TSS. With the changes they have made with tampons over the years and if you are careful and change them frequently you should be ok. I personally wear them with each period, for the whole time, day and night (Changing them of course). The only time I use pads is when I've had no choice ie: after gyny surgery, and believe you me, I've hated every minute of it. That bulky wet diaper feeling. YICK! (And yes, I've tried the thin pads, and all the fancy ones, still feels like a bulky wet diaper to me). Best of luck with your appt. The embarrassment factor is the worst part of the whole visit, but remember, unless you have a flashing neon sign there, your doc has seen it all. (Come to think of it, some may have already seen the neon sign ). Goodluck to you. PS: Another position to try is remain seated on the toilet and reach btwn your legs and try inserting that way, or try a squating position. Goodluck!

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