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Dear Dish it: Should I Use Pads or Tampons?

May 03, 2013

Dear Dish it,

I just got my first period and I’m trying to decide whether to use pads or tampons  I don’t like the feeling of pads but I’m afraid that it will hurt to put a tampon in. I’m also afraid I will lose the tampon inside of my body. Help!

Torn

Dear Torn,

It’s normal to fear putting a tampon in. And I’m not going to lie, some girls find that the first time does hurt a little bit. But you’ll quickly get used to it and the initial pain will go away. Tampons are much more comfortable and effective if you’re someone who likes to play sports or go swimming.

Can You Lose a Tampon Inside Your Body?

As for losing a tampon inside of your body, let me put your mind at ease. That’s impossible. The opening in the cervix is too small for a tampon to fit through, so there’s nothing for you to worry about. Plus, every tampon comes with a small string that hangs down outside of the vagina so that you can easily pull it out.

Toxic Shock Syndrome

If you decide to use tampons, make sure to change it at least every 4 to 6 hours. Leaving a tampon in for too long can be bad for your health. You could develop a rare problem called Toxic Shock Syndrome, which is caused by a buildup of bacteria in the vagina. But don’t let this scare you off.  Just make sure to change your tampon regularly and wear a pad to bed at night.

Pads

The downside to wearing pads in the daytime is that they can feel bulky, almost like you’re wearing a diaper. The beauty of tampons is that once they’re inside, you can’t even feel them. Ultimately, though, you need to choose what’s comfortable for you. Everyone is different. If you prefer pads, then stick to them. If you’re ready for tampons, choose a brand with a plastic applicator, rather than cardboard. They're much easier to put in.

Have Your Say

What do you prefer, tampons or pads? Tell us in our comment section below!

 

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animals-are-cool
pads that are thin don't feel so bulky but you need to change them sooner
commented: Thu Oct 23, 2014

WeirdAwesomeGirl
I haven't started my period yet and I'm not sure if I want to but since I swim all year...
commented: Fri Sep 05, 2014

kmerr

kmerr wrote:

that's why i don't use them creepy i'll stick to pads
commented: Wed Jul 23, 2014

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