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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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Thanks :) This is helpful!

Bex ?

Hi anonymous_xox, if you are doing dance a lot and finding pads uncomfortable or not fitting you needs properly then I would suggest tampons. Maybe try to work out your flow first (regular, heavy etc) and then you can be sure which sort would be best and this creates less fuss or awkwardness when buying them even if you aren't shopping with mum. In terms of actually asking, try a note or just asking her face to face, maybe think about in the car so you don't have to look at her and perhaps when you are already planning on shopping. Another great thing is on this very website, scroll close to the bottom and you should see a send a message option, which is where you can email someone to let them know if something and they have some really pretty options. I am sure your mum will understand as she will most likely have had to ask an adult when she was your age. Finally, if you are at all worried about using a tampon, I promise you that aren't as scary as they look or as you think! You may have to go through a couple of periods before you master them but keep at it and remember to push it up as far as it will go, so that it is most comfortable. Good luck and I hope I have helped you out in some way. If you would like any more help, ask Vicki or post another question with my name and I will try to help you or direct you to help. Xxx


I want to start using tampons as i dance for long hours very often . But im not sure wether i should or even how to ask my mum! Please give help or suggestions xox


I was worried that if i would get my period on holiday and i was like... SUPER worried! I watched some how to videos and my mum said I could use one if we are on holiday and we go swimming!


I think this is so good it reasured me about tampons because I actually haven started my period and I was extremely anxious about using one

Lil let's lover

Guys if you're nervous just google period quiz


I'm 13 and I'm going away on holiday on Sunday, my period is due and I am afraid to use a tampon; I love to swim and I think not being able to swim as per my period will ruin the holiday for me. I'm also to scared to tell my mum... what do I do help?


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