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Added September 25, 2014

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Tampons

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Are you considering using tampons for the first time? If so, there is a lot you should know about this easy-to-use period protection. And you might just be surprised! Here are seven things you may not know about tampons.

1. Tampons are Easy to Insert

It may take a few tries, but once you find your vaginal opening and position the tampon at the right angle, it glides in easily and painlessly. Each box of tampons comes with directions, and some include pictures. Also consider using a plastic applicator for a more comfortable insertion. For your first few tries, it may help to use a mirror so you can see what's going on down there.

2. Tampons Help You Feel Clean and Fresh for up to 8 Hours

Because menstrual blood is absorbed before it hits the air and causes any odor, there's no unpleasant smell or feeling while wearing a tampon. For an extra fresh feeling, try scented tampons. Just be sure you don’t wear your tampon for longer than eight hours. (That's as long as a day at school or a day at the beach.)

3. Tampons Won’t Disrupt Your Activities

A tampon is the protection of choice when you're exercising or doing other physical activities. You can feel confident a tampon will stay in place while you're on the move. Unlike with a pad, you can even wear it while you swim, and when you're done exercising, you don't have to take it out to shower.

4. Tampons Handle all Flows and Protect Against Leaks

Tampons are available in a range of absorbencies for all types of flow levels. After using tampons for one or two periods, you will learn how often you need to change your tampon to prevent leaks. It’s best to change your tampon every four to eight hours, as needed. If it gets saturated in less than four hours, try a heavier absorbency tampon. If after eight hours your tampon still isn't saturated and isn't easy to remove, try a lighter absorbency next time. If you're wearing the right size tampon for your flow, and pay attention to your body and its needs, you can have great protection every time.

5. Tampons Stay in Place When You go to the Bathroom

Because a tampon goes into your vagina to absorb menstrual fluid, you won’t have any trouble using the restroom. Tampons don’t interfere with your other bodily functions. You can use the bathroom freely without having to change your tampon every time. Just move the string to the side to keep it clean, and you're good to go.

6. Tampons Allow You to Wear What You Want

You don't have to change your look just because you are on your period. With tampons, you have nothing to hide — except for a small string. You just have to make sure it is tucked away where no one can see. So wear your favorite jeans or that fabulous skirt. You can also wear a tampon with a ballet leotard, swimsuit, yoga pants — you name it, and a tampon can handle it.

7. Tampons Help You Forget About Your Period

When you're not worried about something showing through your pants or slipping out of place — and you don't feel something between your legs as a constant reminder you have your period — you're free to forget about your period and get back to what you love.

As you can see, tampons are a great option for dependable and discreet period protection. Do you have any more questions about using tampons? Be sure to register for and ask the BeingGirl Experts.

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Posted September 07, 2014
@CelebrityPink16 Try wearing them before you go on vacation. Get used to it. Maybe even try swimming.
Posted July 29, 2014
I'm sick of pads... I always did want to try tampons but I was scared to ask my mom.. Now we're going to a popular beach in mexico called Puerto Vallarta. My mom told me I might be able to use tampons now. So anybody have any advice on how to use them ???
Posted July 25, 2013
@violinistandfiddles The next time you go shopping ask her if you can get some pads and while your there just ask "Can I get some tampons too?" and that should spark it!
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Posted April 26, 2014
hay I'm new and i started my period a cupple months ago and wen i first started i had to use panty liners it wasn't that heavy tho i snuck it around my mom so i hid the dirty pant liners and discarded them privately well my dog found like 2 i found one in the yard and almost got caught but didn't and never found the other one
Posted May 19, 2014
I was really scared to use a tampon the first time. that's normal. but then I tried a slim light tampax one, and it went in easy enough! no pain! at first it may seem a but uncomfortable but they are SO much better than pads! all you have to do is relax. it's easy, I promise.
Posted July 24, 2014
I just tried tampons for the first time it hurt a little bit then I tried a different position and it slid right in
Posted July 03, 2013
I have had my period for four months and I am alread sick of pads! Any advice for talking my mom into tampons? I tried putting one in with out an applicator and I almost had it but I would like the applicator type.I don't know how to ask!!!!
Posted July 04, 2013
hey girls! JUST RELAX! tampons are so much easier than pads! and its just a myth that tampons are for nonvirgins. SO NOT TRUE! they are practicly unrelated! just stay calm and the whole period thing will be a breeze!
Posted July 15, 2013
When I first started my period, I didn't even use pads. I don't use them now either. I sleep in tampons, but set an alarm so I'm not wearing them for more than 8 hours. I advise them to every girl.
Posted July 03, 2013
um @nicole1298 ; that doesnt have anything to do with tampons. you use tampons for like swimming and stuff c;
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