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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 just got it today and my mum said to not have tampons until you are sexually active


For everyone who is scared to use tampons: trust me! I was too! But watching the how to videos on this website I was able to try to use one. For the first time, I would recommend applicator tampons because they are much easier to use. Also, when you are putting it in, it shouldn't hurt- you just have to try putting it in at a different angle.


I am scared to use a tampon but I really want to I hate pads they are comfy but I feel like I'm sat in a pool of blood which makes me feel uncomfortable and I always feel like they show in my skirts and dresses even though they don't I want to change .help?


For anyone who's having a hard time telling their parent/carer about their period, I understand, I didn't tell my mum for ages because I get really embarrassed but it really helps and not just because they're quite often the ones who buy supplies for us but because they're great to talk to for advice even if you're stubborn and hate the "talk" while it's going on, it really will help you in later times. I just thought that some people might want to hear this. Hope it helps someone out. :-)

Good girl3

Non-applicator tampons are a bit tricky to get in, if you know what you mean, but the applicator tampons are the best and I much prefer to use them when I'm doing sports than wearing pads. I would recommend these to teens at any stage of their period, whether they've just started or if they've had it for years. (I used an applicator tampon the first time I had my period and I was fine, but then again, everybody's different) Hope this helps someone.

Please help me

I want to use a tampon but I can't get it in my mum tried to help me but it didn't work so we just stuck with pads. I didn't want to get pads and tampons from the shops because I find it embarrassing. I am expecting my period either tomorrow of the next few days. I am going to my friends house for a sleepover tomorrow but I don't want to tell her or any of my friends I've started. She has started her period already but she doesn't use tampons yet. I hope you can help me thanks.


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☺️


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