Should I Use Tampons Vs. Pads? Dear BeingGirl Experts, I have had my periods for 2 –3 years, and I have never used a tampon! What are the advantages and disadvantages with tampons and pads? Aren't the tampons dangerous? Inge --- Dear Inge, It is a personal choice whether to use pads or tampons, or to alternate. Both are forms of feminine protection that are described in the Products section of BeingGirl.com. As you have been using pads, I believe that you already know the advantages and disadvantages of this product. As to using tampons, you can swim, shower, and bathe with a tampon in place and they are discreet. In fact, that is one of the biggest advantages of using a tampon. You can learn about TSS, a rare, serious, but treatable disease sometimes associated with tampon use here [link to ART655]. Correctly-inserted tampons should not be uncomfortable. However, the first insertions are not necessarily totally comfortable because you are learning a new technique. This is a learning experience. Good luck, BeingGirl Experts, for BeingGirl.com, brought to you by Tampax Tampons, and Always Pads & Pantiliners Questions about tampons vs pads? Get answers, tips, and advice at BeingGirl.com.