What's a tampon?

Hi. We get this question a lot, so I thought we'd better answer it. The link below will tell you all you ever wanted to know about "supplies." Lots of girls worry that tampons will hurt (ahem, me). Can you offer your advice if you have experience with them? Thanks.

Your guide to pads and tampons


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the website! It really helps!

May 19, 2009 at 8:07 PM  
Anonymous Alley said...

Tampons do not hurt, they are just cotton things. I don't use them, though, I don't know why, I just like pads better.

May 19, 2009 at 8:33 PM  
Blogger DeemA = GENIUS said...

Hello ;

This site is very cool and nice =D
Pads are really better for , like adventures , or for school ,
They really comfort me better than tampons (although i didnt use them ) but tampons need more work than pads so pads are best for me and i dont feel it when i put one .

Deema :)

May 20, 2009 at 12:57 PM  
Anonymous Kat-12 said...

A tampon is a cotton material that stops the blood from escaping. I don't reccommend you use them on your first or last few days, or while sleeping at night. It doesn't hurt unless you put it in wrong. Use the ones that come with an applicator first. Don't flush it. Personally, I preffer tampons because you don't know they are there all the time.

May 20, 2009 at 4:29 PM  
Anonymous francine said...


May 20, 2009 at 5:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think pads are better than tampon

May 21, 2009 at 6:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A tampon is a small cotton cylinder like thing with a string hanging from it.
It collects blood from escaping and making a mess on your underwear.I don't think that I can explain to you how to insert a tampon but to remove it you pull on the string very slowly and gently until it is out of your body.I once stole one of my mothers tampons and tried it out. I couldn't find the hole to insert it very easily but soon found it . I tried walking around with the tampon inside of me. You really can't feel it. I felt weird all over so I took it out.

May 21, 2009 at 7:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i personally like tampons way better than pads. i don't like pads because they kind of smell and i don't like feeling wet and i feel like i have a diaper on. i am an active girl and a swimmer so i really like tampons.

May 21, 2009 at 7:45 PM  
Anonymous Allison said...

I dont have my period yet but i am really active with cheering so i might use them!

May 22, 2009 at 3:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I havn't started my period yet but I have a question. This is embarrasing, but which hole do you put the tampon in and when you do find it, it seems like the tampon would be to big to fit in your hole.

May 22, 2009 at 5:51 PM  
Anonymous Dominique said...

I havn't gotten my period yet, but most of my friends have told me that pads are better than tampons.

May 23, 2009 at 2:27 PM  
Blogger DeEmA said...

Hello ;D

I read the Guide to Tampons,Tampons may cause illness, sometimes you cant find the String and it is not very easy , now i'm sure Pads are better,comfortable and easier to use than Tampons.

DeEmA :)

May 23, 2009 at 3:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I personally use tampons as they are more comfortable for me. you don't even know there there sometimes if you insert them correctly. They will not make you sick if you take them out and replace them with a fresh one every 2-3 hours.

May 23, 2009 at 9:49 PM  
Anonymous Destinee said...

i hope jemma gets a chance to answer my ? alright holla

May 25, 2009 at 12:57 AM  
Blogger Jemma said...

Hey Pink Locker girls,
I checked on a couple questions some of you asked:
1. Where do tampons go?
A tampon goes into the vagina, which is different from the urethra, where pee comes out.
2. Can tampons make you sick?
Tampons need to be changed every 4 to 6 hours. Leaving one in too long — like all day or all night — puts you at risk for a rare but very dangerous illness called toxic shock syndrome (TSS).
Hope that helped!
Think pink!

May 25, 2009 at 7:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey there...
from my personal experience, i prefer pads. i find them more comfortable and it covers a large area of your undies so leakage is rare. you need to change pads more often than tampons and you can't really go swimming in them but pads are a good option for those who aren't doing much physical activity or going out!

May 28, 2009 at 5:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i use pads, cuz iv never really used a tampon, but i dont like tampons, cuz ive never been able to get one in correctly

May 28, 2009 at 2:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi i really like ur website i have a question: when u get cold why in the world do some chests get cold and u have these embrassing bumbs? and y do u get bumbs on ur breats? PLZ answer me! im full with questions and not a lot of answers
P.S u didnt answer my other question! ttyl

May 28, 2009 at 5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

umm...i don't have my period yet but i want to try a tampon to know how it feels ahead of time, but i'm too scared! what should i do?!

May 28, 2009 at 8:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they are not super uncomfortable. actually, they are perfect for sporty girls like me who are always at practices, at games and outside running around and everything

May 29, 2009 at 2:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think pads and tampons are both good, a tampon is better for active girls like me if you arent very active, a pad is good enough

May 29, 2009 at 7:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tried to insert a tampon once and it just hurt maybe i was puting it in wrong. I like pads the best though and i have not gotten my period yet but i am scared.

May 29, 2009 at 9:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay Tampons do not hurt. When you first use them look at the directions on applying them first it's on the sheet of paper inside the box. When you first use them make sure you buy slender tampons until you get used to the transition from pads to tampons. hope the imfo. will help.

May 30, 2009 at 10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tampons don't hurt beleive me you just have to wait for you period so your vagina will open up easier and won't resist the tampon and so the tampon won't pop right back out.

May 30, 2009 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger Jemma said...

A few girls have written in to say they're concerned about Toxic Shock Syndrome. I just wanted to give an explanation of what that is.

Here's how a doctor friend of mine described it: Toxic Shock Syndrome is a rare but serious illness caused by bacteria (a kind of germ).

Tampons can cause this illness, but remember that it's rare and most girls/women never get sick from using tampons. To avoid it, take these steps:

1)Wear a tampon that is the least absorbent for your needs.
2)Change your tampon every few hours, even if the flow is light. Wear pads to bed.

May 31, 2009 at 6:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey I started my period last year in winter so i started wit pads. they dont hurt but during the summer im a competitive swimer soo wat was i supposed to do? i tried a tampon and trust me they DO NOT hurt! you cant even feel it if your an on the go girl use a tampon they r quick and easy to use trust me

May 31, 2009 at 11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't have my you-know-what either. I might get mine soon though! :D And pads are sometimes not the best thing to us if they r 2 big 4 u.

May 31, 2009 at 6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have a small question i'm the girl who is pinklockergirlchama i just have a question do you hafta wear a tampon when swimming because i'm in love with swimming and so scared of tampons just inserting them!

May 31, 2009 at 7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


May 31, 2009 at 7:14 PM  
Anonymous Carissa said...


I am very happy to answer your question. A tampon and a pad are different. A tampon is a cotton stick that you stick up there when you have your period during swimming, sports, etc. A pad is just a flat peice of cotton that you stick to your underwear. I recomend that you wear pads more often and get the ones with wings. ( Don't want the pad sliding down your pants.) I hope I helped you out! Enjoy!

May 31, 2009 at 9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey about the question do you have to wear a tampon when your on your period and swimming the answer sadly is yes! or dont swim at all and dont worry about inserting them it might take you a couple of trys but you will get it :)

June 1, 2009 at 11:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like pads way better

June 1, 2009 at 4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have an answer to all your questions tampons are these cotton cylinder-shaped things they have a string so when you need to take it out you take the string out of your vagina[THEY DO NOT HURT GIRLS!]
pads are these soft things that go inside your panties and they do not hurt either so when your blood comes out all you have to do is take the pad off, wrap it in toilet paper, then throw it in the trash can. DONT FLUSH TAMPONS OR PADS DOWN THE TOILET THEY WILL MAKE A HUGE MESS!

June 1, 2009 at 7:09 PM  
Anonymous Maude said...

I personally have not started my period so I have no idea of how to work these things. But from the articles i have read....It seems as if pads are better for me because they are easier to change as for tampons, they require a lot of work but as you can tell the one with less work has less protection and the one with the most work can give you the best protection!!!

June 1, 2009 at 8:08 PM  
Anonymous Cassabelle said...

I am 13 and have had my period since i was 9....personally i like tampons because you can be more active in them. With pads they will usually give you a humunguous weddgie!!! for those girls who havent started but try out pads and tampons...i recomened stop trying them out because they will hurt because your vagina is dry. And its all about opinion, you might like pads better but they make me feel like im wearing a diper! well hope that helps!

June 4, 2009 at 12:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what are some tips i can give to my friend she is on her period and she is TERRIFED of tampons! she doesnt know where to put them and stuff im only 9 years old and i dont know but i really want to help my 9 years old period girl friend, so send some answers and i will try to read the tips over the summer! thx 4 helping [if u did!}

June 4, 2009 at 1:21 PM  
Anonymous Stuck in time-and School! said...

For a few days, I got just barely any blood. Now I'm wearing a pad EVERY day and there's STILL no blood. I know school was 7 hours a day,and I should have STILL been changing it, but my teacher didn't let me "go". But now it's summer time and I'm going to YMCA summer camp at my old school I went to until 4th grade when they moved us to an intermediate school. I hope you can feel my grief.

June 5, 2009 at 9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i like this site it helps a lot

June 5, 2009 at 4:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't have my period yet but moms are really helpful. They will understand. They have been our age too so give them a chance. I know it's embarassing at first but they give you the best advice they can all the time. Anyway I don't think I am that scared of getting my period. I just don't get it! Your vagina opens??!

June 6, 2009 at 10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say, I think this website is very awesome. I wish I had something like this growing up and I think it's great that it is here for the girls who are just hitting puberty and going through those changes. I just remember being like 11 or 12 and desperatly wanting my period lol, can't say the same now. I'm just really glad this is here for all to see and get good advice, especially if some feel they can't talk with their moms. Thank you PLS for being there for us girls!!!!

June 8, 2009 at 3:39 AM  
Anonymous Clarissa (: said...

Tampons I really use a lot I'm active in cheering so they really help.

June 9, 2009 at 9:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tampons are good for swimming and sports, but the cons are that they are hard to use at first. some girls find it painful, but they're really not if you use it correctly. pads are really easy to use and anyone can use one without having to practice alot, but they can bulge and feel weird in your underpants at first since you are not used to it.

June 11, 2009 at 9:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ummmmmmm pads feel like you are sitting in "it" if ya know what i mean.

June 19, 2009 at 9:22 PM  
Anonymous Cassidy said...

ok' tampons are cotton things that go in gour vagina to stop blood from comming out and since it does go inside you i am going to answer some questions like can a tampon get lost inside you? the answer is no a tampon can't get stuck and for more info on tampons and your period you can go to beinggirl.com and if you want to know how to insert a tampon you can go to this link it is an instructional video on how to put the tampon in. http://beingirl.com/en_US/yourperiod_inserttampon.jsp i hope this helps!

June 22, 2009 at 8:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've literally just started my period and i use pads. not to put anyone off but i find the whole tampon thing strange as in... yes where do you put it??? id find it hard to 'find where' so i stick to pads.

June 24, 2009 at 2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

use pads first and after a while you can use tampons. they don't hurt! they're cotton! they take practice, but they are great! use tampons when swimming and change them every 4 or so hours! I like pads though!

July 21, 2009 at 11:55 AM  
Anonymous lyssie said...

hi im in cheerleading. i stunt and tuble and i dont want to wear a taampond but it is hard with a pad HELP!

September 15, 2010 at 9:39 PM  
Anonymous scarededoftampons said...

Do you have to take a tampon out when you need to "go"? What happens if you go with it in? And, for an emergency situation, what if the string breaks and you can't get the tampon out?

December 2, 2011 at 4:20 PM  

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