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can you cut a tampon in half? make it smaller?

By Anonymous April 24, 2009 - 3:28pm
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I am only 12 going on 13. and i want to start using tampons because well tonight im going to a swimming party and i cant use a pad. i have had my periond since last year. and my mom has been trying to help me. but it seems to be too long? and i cant put it all the way in. i have to admit i am scared. i dont wanna hurt myself or get tss. but is it safe to cut is in half? could the string possibly fall out and the cotton get stuck? help me please i need some advice.
thanks for your help.


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I read somewhere that years ago, one in every 150 women had the string fall out. It's not a problem, you just will have to reach up and grasp the tampon with your fingers to pull it out, or if that is uncomfortable, you can call your doctor and figure out a way to have it removed by a medically trained expert. But, if you are like me and are freaking out about having to deal with talking to someone about your tampon usage, don't worry. Just always pull on the string before you put it in to test it and know that today, tampon companies put tons of research into making your tampon strings non-detatchable. They don't want any law suits.

August 5, 2009 - 3:30pm

I agree with Alysia--- the Pearl Compak may be the best option for you.

I never liked the cardboard or no-applicator tampons, but the O.B. tampons without applicator are "popular" (meaning: women find them comfortable). The cardboard applicators were difficult for me to use, so I always opted for plastic.

There are tampons made smaller for teens, and you can look for these names on the box: compak, teen, slender, slims, lite, sport.

I realize you were going to a swimming party a few days ago, but for future reference, you can go to the brand name websites and get a free trial of each tampon to see which one you like (be sure to make sure you OK this with others you live with---they would need to be OK with getting junk mail or advertisements, and might prefer to just buy several different kinds!)

good luck!

April 26, 2009 - 1:07pm

Hi, Shayla:

I wouldn't suggest cutting the tampon, because that may comprise it's efficiency, and because there are so many choices available.

Not all tampons are made alike. You might consider using a size designed for lighter flow days, if that size is more comfortable for you. Tampax makes a Pearl Compak tampon that looks like it's smaller than the regular size ones.

I used to use the O.B. tampons. They didn't have an applicator tube, so that was not very convenient. But, they also aren't as long as other tampons (but, they are a bit thick).

I hope this helps.

Did you know that ancient Egyptian women were the first to use tampons?

April 24, 2009 - 4:54pm
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