It can be helpful when teaching your preteen or teen about tampon insertion and removal to let them know that there may be a time when they can’t find their tampon string. If your preteen or teen goes to remove your tampon but suddenly can’t find the string, remind them in this situation to not panic. It’s probably just tucked under one of their labia or just inside their vagina. Let them know the best way to deal with this situation is to wash their hands and feel around inside their vagina until they find it, then pull the tampon out as they normally would. If they’re having trouble, tell them to try squatting and pushing as if they’re pooping. This will bring the tampon closer to the vaginal entrance, making it easier to find the string. The same trick works if they’re having trouble removing your menstrual cup. If they are still having difficulties, tell them not to panic, and let them know they can always make an appointment with their general practitioner or gynecologist to help.