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Questions About First Tampon Use

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Dear BeingGirl Experts,

How old do I have to be to use tampons? I am now 13 years old. Please write back ASAP. By the way, my mother said that I can't use a tampon until I'm older. Please tell me she's wrong, cause it really stinks to not be able to go swimming.




Dear Savannah,

I am not going to tell you your mother is wrong! Some girls start using tampons with their first menstrual cycle because they are athletes, dancers, or swimmers and feel comfortable enough to use them. Some girls wait until their cycles become regular before they start using tampons. Ask mom what it is she objects to and work on understanding this from her perspective. If she is up to it, have her visit to learn what you know about teens and tampons. Just remember to respect mom’s wishes and not use tampons until she feels you are ready.


Good luck,

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Posted August 25, 2014
I'm a Gymnast, so I kinda have to use tampons. But, luckily I don't mind them much. My mom let MW use them when I was 11. She said she trusted me.
Posted August 20, 2011
im afraid because i play volleyball and i dont want a tampon or pad getting out of place
Posted August 03, 2011
my mom doesnt care if i wear a tampon on my period just she says i need to be reponsible and i will be


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