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OT and REALLY awkward =[

Tampon. I said it.



OK, I'm 17 and have never used one before, never felt the need to, blah blah. I'm a virgin, never had anything 'up there' at all.

Problem, I have a trip to the Bahamas coming up with friends and I just got my period. I don't mind not being able to swim, but I do want to sit on th beach in my bathing suit, so my friend suggested a tampon.

My mom freaked out, telling me that she's a 'married woman and never used one', and I'm going to break my hymen.

Some other things she told me:

1) They cause cancer
2) You're no longer a virgin
3) They get stuck and you can get sick



What's true and what isn't? Thanks so much guys in advance, it's great to know PT is always here to help =)


Thu. Feb 14, 5:19pm

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So totally NOT true. I used to think you would feel like you're being "fingered" all the time, but you don't. Start out with a light day and if that isn't enough for you, go to a regular. I prefer the Tampax Pearls myself, easy to insert.

When you get to day 4 of your period and it's lighter, you can use a product called INSTEAD. It's a femanine cup that you insert in the morning and take out at night. The only time you'll have bleeding is when you urinate. It's not as clean, so to speak, as tampons, but i like it because I don't have to take my purse with me everywhere i go and change it all the time. To take them out, you simply bare down like you were trying to poop, insert fingers and pull it out. they're fabulous! i've been using them for years!


Thursday, February 14, 2008, 5:22 PM

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sorry, one more thing: go on birth control pills 1 week prior to your cycle day 1 (date you should start your period), use them every day during the trip, and when you get back, go off them. No harm done. YAZ is the best birth control pill and we give them to all of our patients. I find them even help with hormone imbalance that cause mood swings and bitchiness.

good luck to you.

Thursday, February 14, 2008, 5:24 PM

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op here

But I definately won't end up 'accidently breaking my virginity' or something, right? I feel stupid for even asking, but it's been freaking me out XD

Thursday, February 14, 2008, 5:26 PM

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Virginity is a condition.
Hymen is the name of the membrane that "proves" virginity - or used to.
A lot of girls don't have the physical evidence of virginity because they're athletic.
Just get a short tampon like OB if it's that important to you.

Thursday, February 14, 2008, 5:30 PM

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I don't think if her Mother is anti-tampon she will be pro-birth control. Please go to the link below. It is from OB tampons and maybe if you show and discuss the information learned there with your Mother you can keep an honest dialogue and you may both get some of the misconceptions out of the way.
No I don't work for OB I am not a doctor but I am a parent to a teenager.

Link

Thursday, February 14, 2008, 5:32 PM

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