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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.


Thursday, February 14, 2008, 5:32 PM

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OP again

Haha, I don't mind if it's not there, I just don't want to accidently physically break it. That sounds painful.

Thursday, February 14, 2008, 5:32 PM

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OP, your virginity has to do with whether or not you have had sexual relations.

Plenty of people break their hymens without losing their virginity. Some people are born without a hymen at all. This bit of membrane has nothing to do with what kind of a person you are.

FWIW, I used tampons starting when I was 17. When I gave up my virginity at 22 there was PLENTY of blood. Apparently tampons hadn't done any damage at all.

Now, do tampons give you infections? Well, they can in rare cases lead to toxic shock syndrome. To avoid this, never use the super-absorbent ones, stick to the ones that are all cotton or cotton/rayon (Tampax pearl is good.) and change your tampon every 2 hours or so -- never leave in overnight.

Thursday, February 14, 2008, 5:33 PM

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The membrane is slightly open, to allow your menstrual flow to exit. It's not a drum! And the "pain" is way overblown in trashy 18th century romance novels...and in the words of mothers trying to scare their daughters away from sex (not saying I think you should run out and have it, I just worry about the impact that the association between sex and pain could have down the line).

Thursday, February 14, 2008, 5:36 PM

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You will not lose your virginity by using tampons. I started using them when I was 13. I was 22 when I became sexually active.

So to start, you may want to set aside some time so you can relax and take some time to figure out how to use tampons.

Tampax Pearls are nice. They are smooth and easy to use for beginners.

Read the instructions that come with the box and take your time. Take the first tampon out of the packaging and push the plunger...that way you will see how the tampon works. Throw it away and get started with a second one.

Relax and insert the tampon into your opening and aim it toward your back. Just go slow and easy. When the bigger part of the applicator is in, push the plunger and gently pull out the applicator. The string will be outside your vaginal opening. Just tuck it into the folds of skin near your opening so it won't get tugged by your underwear or bathing suit.

If the tampon is in right position, it will be comfortable...if it is not fully in your vagina, it will pinch. Just remove it and start again with a new tampon. No harm done.

If you feel dry and uncomfortable learning to use tampons, get a little container of plain KY jelly and use a little on the applicator so you are moist and the tampon slides in comfortably.

You can't lose a tampon inside you. I once had a string break (very rare) and you can gently use your fingers to take the tampon out.

Toxic shock syndrome is rare these days. Tampons have been improved. Just don't leave one on for longer than the instructions recommend. I go longer than 2 hours recommended above and I and I have never had a problem.

I used tampons for all of my years having periods (more than 40 years). I am grateful that they were available because they are great for sports and swimming.

Best of luck to you. Hope you have a wonderful time at the beach.

Thursday, February 14, 2008, 8:53 PM

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Wow, previous poster, what a great, informative post. Im sure this young girls is going to thank you! I typically dont use one and didnt until i was about 22. I was just too tense and afriad it would hurt. And it pinched a bit b/c i never had it all the way in :( Until i took the time and relaxed about the whole ordeal, things went a lot smoother; )
Good luck OP

Thursday, February 14, 2008, 9:09 PM

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