Below are common health related questions that Jenn, Shafia and HIPE receive, we wanted to provide a space for easily accessible answers. If you have a question, click the box above to ask!
No, all people with vaginas are not physically capable of using a tampon, but the vast majority are. In rare instances, some people have imperforate hymens (membrane that partially covers vaginal opening) that completely covers the vaginal opening, making it impossible for them to use a tampon. If this were the case, there would be no place for menstrual fluid to come out and they should consult their doctor. It’s also possible that they might have a very small opening because of the hymen and therefore menstrual fluid could come out, but it would be hard to get a tampon in or take it out. If you’re having a hard time, make sure you’re in a comfortable place, relax, look at the directions and take your time. It may take you the whole box to finally figure it out! If you are still unable to use a tampon, you can make an appointment with your health care provider.