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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.


We're all different and that's true about your period too and if you feel ready to move on from the our teens pad range, you may find our core range of  tampons are a good choice. they come in six absorbencies to suit even the heaviest of flows and we even have reusable applicator if you prefer this format.


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’m still kinda new to having my period and I want to use tampons for when I’m playing lacrosse but it sounds kinda scary tbh.

Aleks ??

i am not on my period but for advice if ur using tampons, if you still feel it. push up there further ⬆️

Lily h

I have tried these and you can't feel it at all


To anyone who wants to try tampons for the first time, I’d recommend using a mirror. Place the mirror on the ground and stand/squat over it and you’re then able to see what you’re doing! Good luck x


I haven't started my period yet but I am a dancer and I think it will be a good idea to try them because apparently they're good if you're active!


I am on a swim team and I have started my period. Tampons kinda sound uncomfortable, but I don't want to miss swim.... Any advice???


Hi, I have been using tampons for 18 months now and I can honestly say that they are so much more comfortable than pads. I am a dancer and when your on your period its very complicated because you always feel like people will be able to see the blood through your leotards and although wearing a pad prevents this they are not the most comfy things to dance in so I switched to tampons for dance classes but now I just wear them all the time because you can barely feel them and they are very small and easy to put in a pocket for emergencies.


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