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.
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.
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.