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When is the right time
to use a tampon?

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When your first period arrives it’s most likely you will use pads. Then, as you get older your thoughts may turn to tampons; especially in the summer months when we are more active, in the pool or want to wear the latest summer fashions. Now, some girls are quite happy to use tampons for their very first period and never feel the need to use a pad. But for most, the perfect time to switch to tampons is when you are more familiar with your monthly cycle and period flow.

Why tampons?

  • They're perfect if you love being active and going swimming.
  • They’re so small you can hold one in our hand or put it in your pocket when you need to visit the loo.
  • Because tampons are worn inside your body you are less likely to experience odour.
  • No matter how heavy your period flow is, there’s a tampon that'll be right for you.

What are tampons?

Tampons are made from a cotton like material that is compressed into a small cylinder shape that is worn inside your vagina to absorb menstrual fluid. There are two different types of tampon, known as applicator and non-applicator types. This gives you a choice about how you insert them.

Lil-lets SmartFit Teen Tampons

Did you know that Lil-Lets Teens tampons are shorter and narrower than other tampon brands making them ideal for girls new to internal sanitary protection? They come in a two absorbencies; Regular and Super too. With our non-applicator tampon you can guide it into place using your fingers. Our applicator tampons come with a tube that you use instead of your fingers. The tubes have been designed to push the tampon into place for you. You can find out more about inserting and removing a tampon in the ‘How To’ Videos on our website. We're all different and that's true about your period too and if you feel ready to move on from the our teens range, you may find our adult tampons are a good choice, again they come in two formats; applicator and non-applicator with a whopping six absorbencies to suit even the heaviest of flows.

Lil-lets SmartFit Tampons

Remember that just like anything new, using tampons can take a little practice and it’s perfectly ok to feel a little anxious about using them, so why not have a chat to your mum or friends and see what they think!


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I was a bit nervous to try tampons, I found the non-applicator ones a bit tricky to put in so I then tried the applicator ones and they are the best, they're so comfy, I would definitely recommend them x☺️


Great advice,has given me confidence to actually try tampons.


this is a great blog. really helped.


Tampons intimidate me I just sit on my bed and stare at them trying to pluck up the courage to wear one. I do a lot of sport and swimming so far I haven't been on my period while I was doing P.E but I know one day it will happen.


It's good to know that every girl goes through it ta some point, I asked my friend who had already started her period to give me some advice. It really helped to boost my confidence and make it a LOT easier!

Raised by unicorn ??

I'm really scared 😳 I've just started my first period I'm only 11 years old but I don't tell my mum anything she is gonna find out soon??? How am I gonna get tampons 😳😳😳😳😫😫😫😫😫


i am going on a school trip in another country for 5 days in may and there is swimming involved! ahhh! I think my period is near and i am going soon how will i know how to use a tampon to go swimming with?


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