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    Why does your tampon slip out? Well, here’s how to fix it

    By NCVC Staff | Published on Sep 20, 2023

    Have you ever felt like your tampon just won’t stay in place? It’s an uncomfortable and frustrating experience, no doubt. But why does it happen? Let’s dive deeper into this issue and find out how to fix it.

    The Surprising Reasons Behind Tampon Slippage

    The vagina is more adaptable than you might think. It can stretch to accommodate objects, including tampons. So, when a tampon slips out, it’s actually quite unusual. However, there are a few common reasons why it might happen:

    1. Wrong Size

    Using the wrong-sized tampon can result in quick saturation and sagging. A properly inserted tampon should stay in place and not fall out. If it feels like the tampon is falling out or absorbing too much blood, it’s likely that you need to switch to a different size.

    2. Insufficient Insertion

    Not inserting the tampon far enough can lead to sagging or slipping. If you can feel or touch the tampon at the opening of your vagina, it means you haven’t inserted it deep enough. Make sure to push it further in to ensure it stays in place.

    Also, read: Stuck tampon or menstrual cup? Don’t worry, here’s the right way to remove it

    3. Incorrect Placement

    If a tampon is not placed correctly, it can cause discomfort when you move or sit. This usually happens when the tampon is not positioned high enough in the vagina. To test its placement, push it further in with your finger. If it continues to hurt, remove it and try inserting a new one. Using a mirror can help you assess its position.

    4. Sideways Placement

    Inserting the tampon sideways can also cause sagging. Make sure to place it correctly using a finger for guidance. Remember, if you’re using tampons for the first time, it may take some practice to get it right. Seek guidance from a trusted friend or expert. If you find yourself needing to change your tampon frequently, consider using a larger size.

    Fixing a Sagging Tampon

    If you feel that the tampon isn’t properly placed, remove it and try using a new one. Avoid reinserting the same tampon.

    Using lubricating jelly on the tampon applicator can also make insertion easier, especially for beginners or towards the end of your period.

    Also, read: Thinking of switching to tampons but don’t know how to insert them? Here’s help

    If your tampon is filling up quickly, you may need to switch to a different absorbency level. Likewise, if your tampon feels like it’s sagging but isn’t full, consider trying a different absorbency.

    If the current brand you’re using tends to fall out frequently, consider switching to another brand.

    Pelvic Floor Muscles and Tampon Slippery

    Tampon slippage can also be related to issues with your pelvic floor muscles. If these muscles are too tight, they can push the tampon out, making it feel like it won’t stay in place. Similarly, weak pelvic floor muscles or vaginal walls with less support can also contribute to difficulty in keeping the tampon in place.

    To ease the tension in your pelvic floor muscles, try taking a relaxing bath before attempting to insert the tampon. Meditation, breathing exercises, and pelvic floor stretches can also be helpful.

    Remember, using tampons correctly can make dealing with your periods much easier.

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