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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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I'm 13 and I have had my period for a year then I started using tampons for about a year now. Pads are so uncomfortable, they make you wanna pick at your butt. Pad are also such a mess and stink too. Tampons are so easier you just slid them in than release it. you also don't know they are their. Also you can flush them so you just pull quick and drop no stink. I would suggest talking to your daughter just to make sure she is okay with using them. You can always switch back to pads! But if they really are annoying her that much I would just try to find the tiniest tiniest size there is the purple one are great for this. There really small. But always keep the regulars in the cabnet. Cause she will get older and enlarge as she gets older. :)

April 27, 2015 - 5:19pm
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I'm 14 and have only had my period for a short time but I find tampons so much more clean and hygienic. I have a very heavy flow but tampons are still the best for me. Aim for you lowers back and the trick is to relax (it makes it so much easier), being a bit of a germ freak pads were just not for me. With tampons there is no mess and you can even feel it (apart for the cramps) it's just like a normal day.the transition is different for everyone , someone people will never get round to wearing tampons but RELAX everyone is different also you'd be surprised what you can fit up there!;)

June 10, 2014 - 1:18pm
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I'm 18 and i have just started using tampons. At first i thought i was too small to stick a tampon in and i had trouble inserting it but i looked online and it said to aim towards your back and sure enough it helped. Hope this helps

May 24, 2014 - 2:40pm
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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
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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
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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
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

The smallest ampons are called "slim and active" or something they can be found with the regular feminine products! (I started off using these) they are much easier to insert for beginners and i use them when my flow starts to decrease! Hope this helps!!

February 21, 2015 - 9:24pm
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
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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
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