Question 25: Do tampons hurt?

Today's question comes from Curious, who says she's curious about tampons. She's not alone, tons of girls send us questions about tampons. Why? Well, it's a strange concept at first. I mean I know I was like - say, what? I'm going to put that WHERE?

But the good news is that, when used properly, tampons are a good thing. Here's what Curious wants to know.

Dear PLS,
Do tampons hurt??? i am just starting puberty and i ride and love to swim...
Curious, 10
No need to worry. With tampons, you want to follow these rules:
1)Stay calm.
2)Ask for help from someone who knows how to use one (your mom, sister, etc.).
3)Buy the right kind for you. Slender ones are best for girls starting out.
4)Only try to insert one when you have your period.
5)Remember that tampons should be removed and changed every four hours or so.
6)Don't let your period stop you from swimming and riding!
And if you need more convincing, check out this popular post about whether you really need a tampon for swimming. The answer is a big YES!
Can you wear a pad in the pool?
Any other encouragement about using tampons?
Think pink!


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Anonymous monkeyrose said...

Dont worry its no big deal

January 13, 2012 at 5:33 PM  
Anonymous Kately said...

I was a little worried myself, but I figure, If my mom shows me how to put it in, I'll be fine.

January 14, 2012 at 10:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i feel your pain too, curious! i am starting puberty too, and i love to swim! i didnt get my period yet, so i hope i can swim alot. and one question. what if your . comes when you are in a pool? will the blood show? and if you are riding, how will the horse feel?!

January 14, 2012 at 12:49 PM  
Anonymous KK Ravenclaw said...

Well, I was surprised when I found out where it goes but I really don't think it will be a big deal when I get my period. I mean, no one would be selling these things for so long if caused as much pain and discomfort as people think. I only hope mine comes before summer. I have been blooming just a bit,I have had discharge for almost 4 months,and because my mom started growing all at once, I should have my period by my birthday this spring.

January 14, 2012 at 6:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my friend uses one. she says the only time you really know that its there is when you put it in and take it out.

January 14, 2012 at 11:40 PM  
Anonymous Ashley said...

Can I go swimming when I have my period?
My mom says no, but when it's 90 degrees outside I want to go swimming everyday

January 15, 2012 at 1:09 PM  
Anonymous KK Ravenclaw said...

yes, you can Ashely, you just need a tampon.I would ask your mother and if she says no maybe she has different ways and won't let you where one until your "old enough". I don't really understand the whole story about why she says no but maybe I'm on the right track. If it's cause your not "old enough" then you should state your argument calmly. If she lets you wear a tampon then, problem solved!

January 15, 2012 at 9:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tampons only hurt if you dont insert them right. Ask your mom on how to help you with them but never put them in unless on ur period! <3

January 16, 2012 at 1:38 AM  
Anonymous Amy said...

I have never tried using a tampon before, so I do not exactly know what to tell you.
However, based on what others say, tampons do not hurt at all! Isn't that great?
Anyways, I think some school restrooms have tampons and pads you can buy that are only a quarter. Just make sure you buy a slender one!

January 16, 2012 at 6:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get your mum to help you and guide you before you do anything. Make sure you read the instructions aswell before putting one in. If your period is light and you dont want to use one just use a pad.
Hope this helps xx

January 17, 2012 at 1:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No tampons don't hurt they onley hurt if they are used wrong.

January 17, 2012 at 5:02 PM  
Anonymous Lena said...

I tried using a tampon once, I hated it! I probably just didn't put it in right.

January 17, 2012 at 8:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I first started my period, I was to scared 2 use a tampon. But actually, once I tried it, it was fine! But if u dont put it in right it can hurt

January 18, 2012 at 2:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you're not the only one curious! i'm scared to use tampons too!

January 18, 2012 at 3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ehhh, i'm 15 and i wear them ALL THE TIME!!! I love them! I just think of them as something else (wink,wink) inside of you! It's just getting you ready for the future... ;)

January 20, 2012 at 12:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had my period about 6 months now, but I'm still really afraid of tampons and my BFF (doesn't have her period yet) invited my to her birthday pool party when I'm usually on my period..HELP, someone??? Do I tell my friend I can't come or face the music...

January 20, 2012 at 5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

honestly i am 10 too and i wear tampons becuz u also have my period and i do not think they hurt they kinda feel like lil pillows i get always but just find the right brand 4 u ask mom to make some recomendations i recomend always ps tell ur mom y
to help
y the pad get wingless btw they do NOT hurt

January 20, 2012 at 7:48 PM  
Anonymous PLSgirl said...


January 20, 2012 at 9:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you have to ever wear a Tampon? I dont really go swimming much so will i ever really need one? SOMEONE PLEASE HELP!

January 21, 2012 at 12:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just ask your mom to help you and stay calm. It won't hurt one little bit!

January 21, 2012 at 7:49 PM  
Anonymous Kelsey ;) said...

@ Anonymous, no you don't. Tampons are just something you wear on your period, like pads, but tampons go inside of you. So if you don't want to wear tampons, you don't have to.
Hope I helped!
~Kelsey ;)

January 21, 2012 at 7:49 PM  
Anonymous Beth said...

Does anyone know good ways to keep conversations with guys going?

January 21, 2012 at 7:56 PM  
Anonymous Love Pink said...

Any tips?? I got my period this week and I've heard all of the normal stuff from books but r there any tips that isn't in a book??

January 21, 2012 at 9:51 PM  
Anonymous singkittyle000 said...

I know it's hard when you start out, buy if you just relax when you put it in and take it out, it won't hurt and you'll be fine. :) After a few months of using a tampon it WILL get easier. I promise. I've been using tampons since I was in 4th for around 5 years. You girls will be okay. :) My mom helped me the first time and we used a mirror so I could see what was going on. Love, kitty

January 21, 2012 at 9:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no not really they may feel weird at first but in no time you wil;l not even no its there like my mom said relax and i might not even hurt a bit

January 22, 2012 at 10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for asking this question, I too was wondering about this subject so thank you again.

January 23, 2012 at 10:23 AM  
Anonymous monkeyrose said...

I have this HUGE TEST coming up this week. Its on Wednesday. And i have to remember almost ONE HUNDRED different organs!!!!!!!!!! Whats the best way to remember all those organs???!! HELP ME!!!!

January 23, 2012 at 7:47 PM  
Anonymous La said...

it's too late, but you should make a cd of you saying the organs and listen to it over and over
also, make flashcards.

February 2, 2012 at 4:51 PM  
Anonymous t-swizzle said...


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February 5, 2012 at 10:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am freaked out by tampons and i use pads, in the winter they are fine but in summer at pool partys the pads are not cutting it any ideas?

February 13, 2012 at 10:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to anonomys on feb 13 ask your mum to show you how to use tampons, or skip the party. Practice so when u have to use them you'll be ready!

February 19, 2012 at 9:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


March 9, 2012 at 6:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ask your mom why she doesn't want you to, and if you can't wear thin pads.

March 9, 2012 at 8:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey pls girl, im a swimmer and my mum cant put a tampon in, and i have tried (applicatorless) and it didnt work, any tips?

April 12, 2012 at 7:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I use tampons at first it felt weird but then I got used to them and use them every time I get my period

April 30, 2012 at 6:41 PM  
Anonymous I luv candy said...

@ anonymous April 12 7:42 am

I know you have had this comment up a while but I still want to help you if at all possible. I would try a tampon with an applicator. If it is your first few times trying a tampon go with a slender size. This will make it easier to get in. Try to relax when putting it in. Either do it while you are sitting on the toilet or put on foot on the toilet and leave the other on the ground an put it in from there. Good luck!

June 2, 2012 at 10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please help, I've had my period for a few years now and I always wear pads, I finally decided to try a tampon......I read all the instructions and thought I did everything right....but it hurt a LOT!! I tried a few more times but it would just cause I not meant for tampons?? Because I know I didn't have the tampon in far enough but I couldn't push it in any farther, it hurt too much.
Should I just ask my mom?? No girls in my family really use tampons but I bet she could help, but I'm scared and afraid ill hurt myself
Someone help me PLEASE!!

July 15, 2012 at 7:03 PM  
Anonymous Pinkadink said...

During my period, I always use pads. For you tampon users, do you like tampons with applicators or without applicators better? I just want to know for the future if I ever use a tampon.

August 16, 2012 at 5:53 PM  
Anonymous Pinkadink said...

I would say try to use very slim tampons, the smallest for your flow. My friend likes applicators better so try those.(I dont really know because I only use pads)

August 21, 2012 at 11:57 AM  
Anonymous Pinkadink said...

Can someone please answer my question?!

August 24, 2012 at 4:56 PM  

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