Step 1 - Wash your hands and unwrap the tampon. Stand or sit in a comfortable position. Some women prefer sitting on the toilet with knees apart or standing with one foot on the toilet seat. Hold the applicator (where the ridges are on the tube) with the thumb and middle finger of one hand. Hold the middle of the tampon, at the spot where the smaller, inner tube inserts into the larger, outer tube. Make sure the string is visible and pointing away from your body.
Step 2 - Place the rounded tip into your vagina. Aim the tampon toward your lower back rather than straight up.
Step3 - Gently slide the tampon applicator into your body. Stop pushing when your thumb and finger touch your body.
Step 4 - Once the applicator or outer tube is inside your vagina, use your index finger to push the inner tube (the tube where the removal string is visible) through the outer tube. This pushes the tampon into the vagina. Hold tightly onto the two tubes that are now one inside the other. Gently take out both applicator tubes together. (Wrap them in tissue and put them in a bin. The cardboard tubes can also be flushed away.) Make sure that the string hangs outside of the vaginal opening.
Step 5 - When you are ready to remove the tampon, hold the string and gently pull it downward until the entire tampon is out.