If they are really young, its probably better to start out with pads, just because they are new with periods, and they cant be forgetting about having a tampon in, and leaving it, then bacteria can set in, and possibly kill them. So pads will be a starting learner, but after a while, sure there is no problem with using tampons =]
If you are old enough to have your period you are old enough to use a tampon. Purchase a brand like Playtex, Tampax Pearl, or Kotex with a plastic applicator in a junior or regular size for starters. That will just be easier. The directions that come with the box are very good, follow them. Some young girls hesitate to use tampons because they get told things about it affecting their virginity. That's not true. Virginity is about consensual sex between adults it has nothing to do with tampons.
It depends on your age and whether or not you feel ready. I got my period when I was 11, and didn't use a tampon until I was 16. If a pad will suffice - just use a pad. When you feel ready - there are small and slender "starter" tampons on the market with smooth plastic applicators. Playtex is good. But don't be in too much of a hurry about it. Take your time and experiment when you feel comfortable about it.
Always start out with a pad. They make them very thin and unnoticeable now days. Try getting used to having to maintain the pads first. Then switch to O.B tampons or ones that are made for juniors. They make some tampons basically compact so they easily hide in your pocket without sticking out and someone noticing. Good luck.
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I agree with neighborlady. If a girl is old enough for periods, she is old enough for using a tampon. A tampon does not alter virginity and is completely nonsexual.
Tampons are a preference.
Inserting a tampon should not hurt, but can be awkward or uncomfortable the first few times. If the tampon isn't placed far enough into the vagina it can be uncomfortable but never painful. If it is painful, you should talk to your family doctor. Do not be afraid to talk to them about this, they have gone to medical school and have been taught how to discuss things like this and are there to answer your questions!
Most women I know use tampons with applicators, it helps place the tampon comfortably. And there are two types of applicators, plastic or cardboard. The only real difference is that cardboard is flush-able while plastic applicators normally are not. Again, trial and error is the only way to figure out what works best for you.
I recommend you start out with a small, slender or light tampon, just to get used to using them. Most women will need to change the absorption during their cycles because your flow may be heavier the first few days and require a higher absorbency.
You should change your tampon every 4-6 hours but they can be left in overnight, never longer than 8 hours.