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Tucking is the practice of using compression garments or gaffing tape and physical manipulation of the genitals to create a smoother or more feminine appearance in the underwear region. It’s crucial that you follow safe tucking practices every time you tuck to avoid injuring yourself.

When you’re tucking, urinating will not be possible, so it’s important that you relieve yourself before tucking. Restricting your water intake is dangerous and should not be done just for the sake of being able to tuck for longer–take breaks as needed! Restricting your water intake can lead to dehydration, UTIs, fatigue, and kidney stones.

If you’re using a tucking tape/ gaffers tape instead of a compression garment, soaking the tape in warm water before attempting to remove it will help you avoid damage or irritation from the adhesive and make removal less painful. If you develop a sensitivity to an adhesive, cease use and look for a more hypoallergenic or medical-grade alternative, or consider a tucking garment instead. Avoid using duct tape, packing tape, or any tape that is not intended for use on skin.

Check out the links below for more information on safe tucking practices, information about how to tuck, and guidance on purchasing the tucking options that are best for you.

Tucking Safety

Callen Lorde–Safer Tucking

Point of Pride–Tucking

Trans Youth Equality Foundation–Tucking

Fenway Health–Tucking

Healthline–How Does Tucking Work and Is It Safe?

Trans Lifeline–Tucking Guide

Point of Pride–Gaffs 101: Tucking Safely and Comfortably

Tucking Supplies

TomboyX–Tucking Underwear

Gaff and Go–Gaffs, Tucking Underwear/Swimwear

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