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Q: All of the sudden it hurts to use tampons. What could be wrong? Is your flow very light? Sometimes itвs slightly painful toВinsert or remove a tampon simply because your. ВYou may also be drier after childbirth or during breast-feeding or perimenopause, when levels of estrogen are low. Using a lubricant should help relieve the dryness and make it easier for the applicator to slide in. RELATED: Alternatively, your pelvic muscles may not be relaxed enough while you put the tampon in or pull it out. See if it helps to take a deep breath, then completely release your pelvic muscles, before you fiddle withВa tampon. Although itвs uncommon, some women have a condition known as vaginismus, which makes the muscles of the vaginal canal tense up, and they may feel a tearing or burning sensation if anything is inserted.
Doing Kegel exercises often helps relax the pelvic floor. But for some women, vaginismus is related to underlying stress or anxiety about sex, and counseling may be helpful. RELATED: If you would describe the pain as more of a stinging when you put a tampon in, it could be a sign of vulvodynia, a pain disorder that affects the vulva. Treatment varies from woman to woman: Some find relief by using a cold pack or taking a low-dose antidepressant. Switching to cotton menstrual products and underwear may also be worth a try. If youвre having trouble getting a tampon in at all, thereвs also a possibility that you have a cyst, a small sac typically filled with fluid either on or in the vaginal lining.
A cyst can form if the vaginal wall gets injured during childbirth or surgery, or due to a bacterial infection. It usually doesnвt cause much discomfort. If the cyst is small and isnвt really bothering you (aside from obstructing your tampon insertion a bit), you probably donвt need to treat it. Some vaginal cysts go away on their own. But if itвs growing in size or causing real pain, it could be infected and may need to be surgically removed. RELATED: Experiencing pain with tampon use could also indicate cervical inflammation, endometriosis or an infection caused by an STD. Clearly the answer isnвt black and white, so I would encourage youВto stop using tampons if itвs uncomfortable and visit your gynecologist, who can perform a pelvic exam to get to the root of your pain and find a solution.
Healthв s medical editor, Roshini Rajapaksa, MD, is assistant professor of medicine at the NYU School of Medicine.
I remember the first time I put a tampon in, I didnt have anyone to tell me how to do it. I didnt put the tampon in right and it was really uncomfortable. Actually it took me a few tries before I figured out how to properly put in my tampon so it didnt hurt. It may hurt when you are trying to insert your tampon because you are really stressed out and tensing up your muscles down there, which creates resistance and makes it painful and difficult to insert a tampon.
Another possible reason for pain and difficulty with putting in a tampon could be that your menstrual flow isnt heavy enough to make you wet enough to help the tampon slide in. Of course it is also possible that your hymen has a really small opening. It is okay to use some gentle pressure when putting in the tampon even if it tears your hymen a little. It will be a little uncomfortable but you will be able to get tampons in fine after that. Watch the and make sure you are wet enough. If you are still having difficulty getting past your hymen or it is hurting a lot as you apply pressure, it may mean and this is pretty rare that your hymen is blocking the whole opening to your vagina and you need see your healthcare provider.
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