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TEEN TALK » Discussion



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Created By: mumoffivegirls
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Comments: 23
  • Topic : Tampons for teens or not?

    Posted June 10, 2012

    I've never really been a tampon person....not sure why really...I guess as I never played sports, didn't swim regularly etc.. I never really found the need to use them on a regular basis.


    As a result when I purchased period beginner packs for my daughters that contained liners, pads and tampons I took the tampons out before I gave them to the girls.


    My thought process behind this was that it would be easier for them to get the hang of everything first using pads and then maybe introduce tampons later on.


    There is also the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome which is in the back of your mind.


    So what are your thoughts on this?  Did you give your daughter tampons when she started her periods or did you hold off?  How did your daughter deal with using tampons at first...did she have any problems or did she find it easy?


    You can read an article of Tampon Frequently Asked Questions by clicking HERE.


  • Comments
  • Member
    Posted July 1, 2012

    I started with pads and HATED them but found it difficult to use tampons initially. 

    I've never tried the applicator tampons but am now thinking I will so I can advise Lauren when the time comes.  One thing that has worried me is hand hygiene at school - I can't imagine many washing their hands before going into a cubicle, so the applicators would help with that too.

     

    I am thankful for the sanitary bins rather than those AWFUL, stinky old incinerators we had (yuck)

  • Posted June 26, 2012

    Hi newnorb! I just wanted to reply to your question about the cups. They are an internal product which you insert yourself. They are made from medical grade silicone (the brand I use is anyway which is Lunette). Basically, you insert and empty at regular intervals directly into the toilet. This eliminates the need for pads. They take some practice to get used to but before you know it, you have an idea of the heaviness of your flow each day of your cycle, how to put them in and how to empty them. The most important thing is hand hygiene and keeping your cup clean. Check out the Lunette website for more information, it's really informative. I purchased mine from Luneshop.com. :)

  • Member
    Posted June 23, 2012

    Personally I think that pads are safer. I am a pad wearer and only ever used tampons a few times. I am greatly concerned about the dangers of tampons especially in young girls and encourage my daughter to use pads only.

  • Posted June 22, 2012

    I'm glad we had this little chat....


    I think I am now looking at things from a different perspective.....

     

    I will give the girls the options and inform them as best I can....

     

    I think the use of tampons, if they choose to use them, may give them extra confidence at that time of the month...they are pretty active girls playing soccer, netball etc...

     

    Thanks to you all for your comments....keep them coming as I'm always happy to hear more 

  • Member
    Posted June 19, 2012

    I've never been a tampon girl either, but I believe in choices and leaving preference up to my girls.  I plan on giving them a range of girlie goodies and they can make up their own minds.  They better not ask me how to use them, or maybe like you mumoffivegirls, I need to do a little experimenting and and try whats out there to!

  • Posted June 19, 2012

    I will check out the applicator tampons....they sound like a good idea

  • Member
    Posted June 19, 2012

    PS.  I also find for hygiene reasons, the Tampax Applicator Tampons are a very good first tampon for young girls to use......the disposable applicator easily inserts the tampon correctly into the vagina and this is reassuring for girls new to using tampons.  There is less need for hand hygiene too.

  • Member
    Posted June 19, 2012

     

    How do you have this "cup" inserted internally?  Surgically as in permanently....or do you remove it at the end of each menstrual cycle (similar to a tampon?).....would be interested to know more.

    My thoughts on periods vs tampons:

    I was issued with the massive "surfboard' type of pad from my mother when I first got my period.  I thought that they were "easier" to manage initially....but I soon changed my tune when I went on a school camp (to the coast) and went swimming every day throughout my period, and therefore had to rely on tampons throughout.   I ended up using a combination of pads (night time) and tampons (daytime) to manage my menstrual flow. This was primarily to avoid the risk of TSS.

    My 12.5yr old daughter started menstruating at the beginning of the year.  She thinks  using tampons are "gross" at the moment, and is happy just to keep using pads.    I will give her the option of using tampons in another couple of years.  I will also be investigating this "Cup" that niktrine mentioned below!

    niktrine said:

    I've discovered the Lunette Menstrual Cup. What a liberation!! An internally safe cup that catches your Period and you empty it down the toilet. No known cases of Toxic Shock and a huge cost saving because you sterilise and re-use. I wish I'd heard of them sooner!! With my daugthers I will introduce pads first and then cups when I feel they are ready. :)

     

  • Posted June 15, 2012

    I'm not a fan of tampons for the toxic shock syndrome concerns. If a teenager or young girl is to be introduced to them it is so important to explains the risks and the need for hand hygiene and regular changes. I've always been a pad person but recently I've discovered the Lunette Menstrual Cup. What a liberation!! An internally safe cup that catches your Period and you empty it down the toilet. No known cases of Toxic Shock and a huge cost saving because you sterilise and re-use. I wish I'd heard of them sooner!! With my daugthers I will introduce pads first and then cups when I feel they are ready. :)

  • Member
    Posted June 15, 2012

    My daughter wore pads for the first 2 periods then I introduced her to tampons which she has never looked back on. She says in a joking way that pads make her feel like she is wearing a surf board, and I agree with her. LOL
    She does wear a pad at night time though as I don't want her getting TSS. She changes her tampons regularly as she knows all about the risks with TSS. Wearing a tampon with a liner is so much more comfortable and while our daughters go through the anxiety of the teenage years and their periods why not let them feel happy and comfortable with a tampon if that is what makes them feel better with that time of the month at such a young age I think.