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ask: 14 year old daughter, periods and tampon size?

My 14 year old daughter has been menstruating for about a year and is making the transition from napkins to tampons. She is using regular size tampons and keeps complaining that it's uncomfortable when she puts it in, even though she is flowing pretty heavy. Even after she has had it in for several hours she complains it uncomfortable. I don't remember having this much trouble transitioning from napkins to tampons and wonder if she is just uncomfortable with the idea of putting a tampon in or if there may be some thing else going on like maybe needing a smaller tampon. Are there smaller tampons on the market for younger girls?

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EmpowHER Guest

I'm 23 and can only use mini tampons. Don't know if it's because i'm small, not used to them and/or the fact that i'm a virgin. When I was 16 I couldn't even get the mini ones in! XD

June 9, 2013 - 7:23am
EmpowHER Guest

I am 13 and have tried tampons. And i find that theyre comfortable and just great if you know what youre doing. So if youre starting and still a virgin (like me) its tight down there. So i would recomend sleek plastic tampons. Theyre super easy to put in. So before being really sketchy know what down there looks like. You just put it in until it reaches where you hold it. So no not at the very end. At the middle where it has two seperate parts. Then push the plastic peice (where your index finger goes) and push it with your index finger and the applicator should come out and the string of the tampon will stay there. It took me 3 or 4 tries till i got it right. ONLY TRY WHILE YOURE ON YOUR PERIOD.

June 7, 2013 - 9:28am
EmpowHER Guest

what if you feel like you're too small "down there" to use tampons or like the hymen (however you spell it) won't allow you to get a tampon in, or even worse, back out. I'm 16, a virgin, and have had my period for 3 years and still can't wear a tampon. I have talked to my mom about going to see the doctor, but we haven't yet because of financial reasons (and she's not as worried about this as me) and i've been stressing OUT because of this lately. someone who knows what they're talking about, PLEASE answer me!!!!

June 2, 2012 - 8:27pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Don't worry your not the only one! Im 16, and i feel like im too small "down there too." I find it hard to put regular tampons in. My mom said they used to make junior tampons and ive been looking, but i think they are discontinused. In the long run. Don't worry! your not the only one!
I also found the always infinity pads. For me, they work great even for a long period of time. Just a suggestion :)

September 15, 2013 - 6:32pm
EmpowHER Guest

I was 14 in February and started having periods in November. I use sanitary towels and I would be too creeped out to use tampons. Even the thought of it makes me tense and uncomfortable.
However messy the sanitary towels are, I think I'll stick with them!

July 13, 2011 - 12:52pm
EmpowHER Guest

I think she should totally avoid tampons if she is uncomfortable. Another product that she must have are the adira period panties that will ensure that she never stains herself. It is also a more hygienic way to have her period.

June 12, 2011 - 8:59pm
EmpowHER Guest

She probably doesnt insert them far enough!

April 6, 2011 - 5:16am
EmpowHER Guest

Well, I am 13 years old and I want to use tampons. I takemy mom's Kotex (they are purple, I think super plus) and I try to put it in but it kind of hurts; say 4 on the 10 scale and then itfeels as thoguh there issomething i nthe way and I cannot get it in, even half way. Why is this. Is it becasue of the size? Please getback to me asap.

January 12, 2011 - 4:45pm
Pat Elliott (reply to Anonymous)

Anon - Per the terms of service for our site, EmpowHER is for those age 14 and older. Please ask your mom to help you with this.

January 12, 2011 - 4:49pm
EmpowHER Guest

I just started my first period, but from my experience (already, I know) if you do not insert it far enough up the vaginal opening, it will be suspended half-in, half-out. That's probably what's causing her pain, if you have the right size in the right place, she shouldn't feel anything at all.

July 10, 2010 - 8:23pm
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