Dear DOLLY Dr,
I just got my period and I was wondering if it is normal for it to be painful when you take your tampon out? Because this is happening to me, and I'm freaking out!
Dolly Doctor says...
There's no need to freak out at all. Using tampons usually takes practice before it feels completely comfortable. If you've inserted the tampon and worn it for a couple of hours without any discomfort, then there's nothing to worry about. It's possible that when you pulled it out it tilted on an angle and stretched the opening of your vagina a bit.
Your vagina might have been a bit dry because the moisture was soaked into the tampon, especially if you only had a light period flow and used a super or regular tampon. Make sure you insert the tampon straight up and back, and when you pull it out you pull it down and forward to avoid it tilting. If you continue to have pain or major problems with using tampons, have a chat to your mum. Or if you're really worried, your doctor.
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