Step

Step 1

Since your hands will be your primary tools here, definitely wash them!

Then take a look at your o.b.® tampon. Is it totally sealed? Good. (If not, don’t use it. Get another one.) Now find the colored tear strip and pull. Once you’ve done that, removing both ends of the wrapper is a breeze.

Next you’re going to find the string on one end of the tampon. Grab the string and pull it tight from left to right and top to bottom. This widens the base of the tampon, creating a nice and protected pocket for your finger. Which is great because your finger plays a starring role in our next step: Inserting the tampon.

 

USER’S GUIDE

  • Can you give me some instructions?

    Step 1

    Since your hands will be your primary tools here, definitely wash them!

    Then take a look at your o.b.® tampon. Is it totally sealed? Good. (If not, don’t use it. Get another one.) Now find the colored tear strip and pull. Once you’ve done that, removing both ends of the wrapper is a breeze.

    Next you’re going to find the string on one end of the tampon. Grab the string and pull it tight from left to right and top to bottom. This widens the base of the tampon, creating a nice and protected pocket for your finger. Which is great because your finger plays a starring role in our next step: Inserting the tampon.

    Step 2

    Now, please place your index finger in the little pocket. Again this pocket will help keep your finger clean and protected as you insert the tampon. Now with your thumb and middle finger get a firm hold on the tampon. Next stand with one leg up (rest your foot on the toilet or bathtub) or sit on the toilet.

    Step 3

    Take a deep breath to relax. With your free hand, gently hold open the skin around the vaginal opening. Now take the o.b. ® tampon, and with the full length of your index finger, ease it into your vagina, aiming toward your lower back. When the tampon is in the right place, you won’t feel it. If you do, push it a little further in. Leave the string hanging outside of your body. Wash your hands, and you’re done! It’s that simple.

    When it’s time to remove your tampon (remember to change your tampon at least every 8 hours), here are a few more pointers. First wash your hands. Then take a deep breath to relax, gently but firmly tug at the string, and voilà! It’s out. Just throw it away in the garbage, wash your hands, and give yourself a high five.


  • Is it really comfortable without an applicator?

    Most applicators are designed straight even though the vagina is naturally curved. Fingertip insertion allows you to follow the natural curve of the vaginal canal and insert the tampon where it is most comfortable for your body. Once you try it a few times, you’ll be surprised at your instinctive ability to know where to place the tampon.


  • Isn’t it messy to insert a tampon without an applicator?

    A finger pocket at the base of the tampon helps protect your fingertip. After you unwrap the o.b.® tampon, pull the string to widen the base and put your finger in the newly created indentation. As you insert the tampon, your fingertip remains covered by this pocket of cotton-like fibers. Since there's no applicator between you and the tampon, the o.b. ® tampon begins to absorb as you insert it. And there's no messy applicator to deal with. You’re done. Click here to see step-by-step instructions.


  • What if I have trouble inserting the o.b.® tampon?

    If you have difficulty inserting the tampon, you may want to try a lower level of absorbency than the one you’re using. o.b.® tampons are available in a range of absorbencies. Check out our Multi Pack to get all the absorbencies in one box. If you’re brand new to o.b.® tampons or non-applicator tampons, try the regular absorbency o.b. ® PRO COMFORT® tampons made with a SilkTouch cover for easier insertion and removal.


  • How often should I change o.b.® tampons during my period?

    Depending on your menstrual flow, you can wear a tampon for up to 8 hours. Your flow level will determine how often you should change your tampon and what absorbency you should use. Your flow will usually be heaviest at the beginning of your period and then lighten up so you may want to use more than one absorbency during your period. You should use a tampon with the lowest absorbency to meet your needs.


  • Do I need pantiliners with o.b.® tampons?

    No, you generally don’t need to wear a pantiliner or pad with o.b.® tampons. If it’s your first time using them, and you’re worried, go ahead and wear a pantiliner just in case. But picking out the best absorbency for your flow along with o.b.® tampon's unique FluidLock® design should prevent leaks.


  • Do I need to lubricate the tampon?

    Usually no, By using the right absorbency for your menstrual flow, this make insertion easier. For example, you may wish to use higher absorbency tampons when your menstrual flow is heavy and then switch to a lower absorbency tampon on lighter days. If you want to use a lubricant, we suggest applying a very small amount of water-soluble lubricant only on the tampon tip. Too much lubrication will interfere with the absorbency of the tampon. Do not use petroleum jelly or other lotions and creams not intended for vaginal use.


  • Can I insert more than one tampon?

    No, wearing more than one is totally unnecessary and we do not recommend it! If you’re worried because your flow is extra heavy, you can feel confident that one o.b.® Ultra will have you covered.