I...fail. So hard. I just recently had my second gynecology appointment recently, and though I won't get into why, she suggested that I try using tampons. In the past, I stuck to pads because I was squeamish about sticking stuff up my vagina, and even after I got over it (or so I thought), I decided that pads were easier. My mom never pushed me to try tampons, so I thought that would be the end of it. But, after the gyno's suggestion, I thought, "You know, it might be good to try it. Even if it doesn't become my main method, it's probably good to know how to use one."
So I did. Yesterday and today. It went badly. I think I was sticking it up the right way, and I followed the directions in the package, but, I couldn't get more than the tip up. It hurt. Yesterday, I kept worrying that I needed the "light" absorbancy, since Shark Week was so light (I was using regular). Thinking that was the problem (since it was making it impossible for me to relax), I asked my mom, and she happened to have some. So I tried those this morning, but it hurt, probably at least partly from yesterday. And I realized something: I don't want cardboard up there, not even for a little bit. I don't want plastic up there, either. More importantly, I don't want what is essentially a sponge up there! I can't help but imagine it sucking me dry, especially now, when I'm having the lightest period I've ever had. I also like the idea of menses flowing out naturally, instead of getting stuck up there for a few more hours.
The thing is, I can't help but feel that this makes me immature. I feel like the attitude out there is: women use tampons, or even better, menstrual cups. But pads are for girls. And the truth is, my squeamishness is immature. I should probably just get over it and try again. My gyno did warn me that it'd be uncomfortable.... *Sigh*