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14 year old daughter, periods and tampon size?

By December 23, 2008 - 8:36am
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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 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
EmpowHER Guest

i am 15 and am using tampons without my mother's knowledge or consent and i like them better. i used tampons the first time i had my period; i find them easier and more comfortable. plus, they are convenient for when wearing swimsuits, thongs, volleyball spandex and yoga pants.

July 7, 2010 - 1:16pm
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Can you keep us updated on how it works out for you? I am certain that other young women have the same questions and I would certainly like to have your experience documented! Please let us know. Good Luck!

June 28, 2010 - 11:20am

Yes. That helps. I asked my mom to get me a different brand and it didn't change anything so ill try
using a super.

Thank You

June 28, 2010 - 12:21am

Thank you. It does answer half of my question but is there anything that could happen. What if I'm not big enough for a super?

June 27, 2010 - 1:18pm
(reply to HelpNeeded)

No, nothing bad can happen. Every woman's vagina is actually very, very stretchy...think about this: it is designed to stretch to accommodate a baby's head. This organ is actually very resilient, so don't worry about hurting it.

What you might find is that a bigger tampon is uncomfortable, or may be difficult to insert because your muscles are "working against you" and are tight. I've had two babies vaginally, and sometimes it is uncomfortable to insert a regular tampon; other times it is not. It is really just the muscles if I'm trying to rush to insert it. Same with you-- if you find your regular tampon is not enough, try changing it more frequently or try a super (or different brands, too)...if it is uncomfortable, then you can try another type. Since you are used to using tampons, It will not damage any part of your vagina, if that is your worry.

Does that help?

June 27, 2010 - 7:20pm
EmpowHER Guest

Hi Need Help,

Super tampons are larger than regular size tampons. You can use any tampon although, it may be a little uncomfortable but trying would be the best way to find out. I am 33 years old and tried to use a super tampon, but was uncomfortable. I rather (on heavy days) change my regular size tampon more often and use a pantyliner as a backup.

Does that help answer your question?

June 27, 2010 - 10:12am

I have a question.
Is it okay for a 13 year old to use supers? Right now I use a regular and its not holding everything in. Is there anything a super could do to me? Any thing I should know about?

June 27, 2010 - 8:50am
EmpowHER Guest

hmmm i have the same problem and im 14 but mine.. wont go in... ): i dont know what to do help!!!

June 23, 2010 - 9:58pm
(reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anonymous-

Are you very nervous when you are trying to insert the tampon? Because if those muscles are tight, you will have a very hard time doing it. See if you can force yourself to relax. A great article on learning to use tampons is here: http://www.teengrowth.com/index.cfm?action=info_article&ID_article=1325&category=body&catdesc=Body&subdesc=Menstruation.

Good luck and let us know if we can help you further.

June 24, 2010 - 6:55am
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