It's probably safe to say that men don't know much about having a vagina. Consequently, they have no clue what it's like to use tampons. Over the years, men have asked women many questions about tampons. Here is a sampling (complete with answers!) below:
1. Can you feel it? Not really. You feel a tampon most acutely upon insertion and once it has fully absorbed your period.
2. Does it turn you on? Takes a little more than a tampon to do that, my friend.
3. How do you not get off putting them in and taking them out all the time? Do you get off touching your penis once when you pee? (I mean, maybe you do, but I'd imagine not.) Dealing with tampons is not exactly a hot situation.
4. How does it feel to have them up there all day? Mostly, it feels like nothing. That's the beauty of a tampon.
5. Is it like a hat, where you forget you have it on? Yes, it is a little like a tiny hat inside my vagina.
6. Do you have to change them multiple times a day? Yes. They can absorb a lot, but only so much. Also, most of us tampon-wearing folk were taught early on about something called toxic shock syndrome—people have died from having their tampons in too long.
7. Does it make playing sports/working out/running tough or weird? Working out isn't a problem so much as swimming. Being in water with a tampon in makes me nervous.
8. Does it feel like a penis? Nope, not at all. It has never once felt like any penis I have known.
9. Does blood come gushing out when you remove it? Not usually, no.
10. What's the difference between pads and tampons? Oh, boy. Tampon goes on the inside, pad stays on the outside. Does that help?
11. How do you pee with a tampon? Or: If it's like a plug, how does any pee come out? Are you familiar with the female anatomy? Pee hole, vagina hole: Two different holes.
12. Can your tampon soak up pee if you don't make it to the bathroom in time? See above.
13. What's the difference between a "pearl" and the regular ones? The "pearl" tampons have plastic applicators, which are generally easier to insert than tampons with cardboard applicators.
14. How do you not vomit from seeing all the blood? Because we're women and we can handle it.
15. Can you have sex with a tampon in? It's possible, but I wouldn't bother with it (neither would a health expert). That would just be too many things happening inside the vagina at once, you know? And once the tampon gets pushed up that far, you're asking for trouble.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.