Let’s talk about when your daughter might need to begin using tampons.
Tampon use can be an emotional topic for moms. If your daughter is active in sports and enjoys swimming, the topic will certainly come up. I encourage young girls to use pads for their first period, and until they are comfortable taking care of themselves. But there are several reasons that a tampon might be very helpful for your daughter.
- During long sessions at school, wearing both a tampon and a pad will help her feel even more secure on the first few days of her period.
- If she is active in sports, a tampon allows more freedom of movement and comfort.
- During performances like dance, gymnastics, ice skating, the costumes alone make it difficult to wear a pad.
- And of course, she won’t need to turn down swim opportunities because she is having her period.
It might be helpful to look at an anatomy figure that shows the position of a tampon inside the vagina. These small cotton tubes expand in the fluid environment and are positioned snuggly inside the vagina. They can’t go anywhere because there is one opening they fit through and that is the opening that you use to insert the tampon.
This is a great conversation for you to have with your daughter. She will need guidance in how to use a tampon. In my book, “I’m a Girl, Hormones!” there is a clear description with figures like this that show how to insert a tampon and how to remove it.
Not every girl will want to use a tampon. But listen to your daughter’s requests with an open mind and work together to help her have comfortable monthly periods.