After following the instructions on the tampon pack very carefully, she tried to insert a tampon.
Trying time and time again, it still didn’t work.
“Did the exact thing I did before I read the directions. Repeated that pattern a few times. Decided to check out what it look like in a little hand mirror. Saw a lot of pink and got creeped out,” she wrote.
It wasn’t until three years later, at 17, did she have another go at trying tampons when her friend wanted to go to the beach.
“Probably more than an hour later, with tears in my eyes and sweat on my brow, I texted my friend back, defeated.”
Do you actually use the word ‘period’? Maybe ‘that time of the month’, ‘shark week’, or ‘Aunt Flo’?
Her friend told her to just “try harder” and ended up sending her photos of vaginas from a medical website, so the writer could explore her own.
After looking at the vaginas, she firstly realised there were TWO holes. The pee hole and “vagina hole”. For most of the time, she had been trying to insert the tampons into her pee hole, but when she went searching for exactly where the elusive vagina hole was, she couldn’t find it.
The anonymous writer then, after not being able to find her vagina hole, went to her mum and they made an appointment with a gynecologist.
“I explained to the nurse practitioner that no matter how hard I tried, I could not get a tampon inside of me, and then asked her while blushing and looking at the ground, if she could help me.
“She chuckled a patronizing chuckle and lead me into a room where I would strip off of my clothes. I dug my heels into those little stirrup things and started to freak the fuck out. My vagina was completely exposed in a way it had never been before,” she wrote.