Is it possible to use tampons if I have long nails?
Yes–but you also may want to try a tampon insertion aid.
If you have long nails and want to use tampons, it can be done with clean hands and a gentle touch. Another easy option: a tampon insertion aid.
Insert tampons with clean hands
It’s important to clean your hands and fingernails thoroughly with soap and water before you touch your body. That’s certainly true for tampon insertion, especially if you use tampons without applicators.
To keep bacteria from getting into your vagina, wash your hands well. (Sing your favorite song for 20 seconds to do a great job!). Also utilize a manicure brush and spend extra time working under the nail itself.
Some people prefer to wear vinyl or latex gloves to keep their reproductive tracts and fingernails clean during tampon insertion. This option also can be helpful for people who might be hesitant to touch themselves.
Use your fingertip, not your nails
Pro Tip for inserting tampons if you have long nails (or acrylics!) and are not wearing gloves: position the tampon on top of your fingertip and against your fingernail, so you avoid using the nail to insert the tampon.
This is especially helpful for people using tampons that don’t have applicators. It takes practice; take it slowly so you can be as gentle as possible. Before you start, check your fingernail for snags, sharp edges, or hangnails, and break out that manicure kit if needed.
Try a tampon insertion aid
Long fingernails are no obstacle to using tampons if you use a tampon insertion aid. TINA is a reusable device that makes it comfortable, easy and mess-free to insert tampons.
TINA helps insert tampons at the correct angle, depth and position every time, without second-guessing or checking. The length or type of fingernails you have doesn’t matter because TINA touches your body, not your fingers.