You probably don't know where you stand in the tampons vs. pads dilemma, so let’s get started.
What's Up With Pads?
Basically, pads are a little layer of absorbent material that you stick on the inside of your undies to absorb your flow once it leaves your body. Side note: a panty liner is the same thing, but slimmer! If you want to check one out, go with Always Dailies Liners.
Okay, So What About Tampons?
A tampon is a blend of absorbent materials that’s inserted inside your vagina to absorb menstrual blood before it leaves your body.
Tampons vs. Pads - Which Should I Choose For My First Period?
Up to you! Most girls start out using pads, but some go straight to tampons. There’s not a right or wrong answer. Whether you choose tampons or pads, all that matters is that you’re comfortable with what you wear and that you feel totally protected. If you’re not sure, talk to a woman you trust like your mom or sister!
Do Tampons Hurt? They shouldn’t! Tampax tampons come with an applicator that makes it easy to guide the tampon into just the right place. Lots of girls start with Tampax Compak Pearl. These tampons have an Anti-Slip Grip and a smooth rounded tip, so insertion is comfortable and easy. If by chance you insert your tampon and you feel uncomfortable, you probably didn’t get it in all the way. No big deal. Pull it out and insert a new one. This time, make sure your fingers on the grip are also touching your skin. That’s a sign that the applicator is in all the way. You shouldn’t feel your tampon inside you at all!
Tampons Rock. Obviously.
Tampons offer invisible protection and help keep your period private. They can be worn with any outfit—short shorts, skirts or even bikini bottoms! Since you wear pads on the outside of your body, swimming while wearing one is a no-go. Wear a tampon like Tampax Compak Pearl and dive right in!