Straight Talk – Helping your teen feel comfortable with tampons
Let’s get comfortable with tampons – tips for moms and daughters.
Welcome to the third part of our “Straight Talk” series where we share tips on helping you and your teen through her menstrual cycle. I’ve already shared how to have a positive experience when you have that “period talk” with your teen and introducing her to the tampon when she’s ready to learn more. Now I want to share some ideas and experiences to help your teen feel comfortable with tampons.
It’s one thing to talk about tampons, and show your teen how to use the tampon, but there’s a lot of misinformation out there, so I think it’s important to give them some facts. I’m obviously all for the “straight talk” as I feel it’ always a good starting point to clear up the fiction that is out there in regards to tampons and just give your teen the facts. Helping them to know what’s true and what’s not is a first step in helping them to feel comfortable about using a tampon.
You can talk about it a few different ways; you can ask your daughter what she’s heard about tampons or start first by telling her what are the common misconceptions of tampons are out there.
For example here are just a few of the ones I heard myself growing up and from my daughter:
- If you wear a tampon you can lose your virginity – FALSE, you most definitely can not lose your virginity by wearing a tampon. Explain why.
- You have to take out your tampon before going to the bathroom – FALSE, no the tampon can stay right where it is when you go to the bathroom.
I also think it’s good to let them know that no question ever is a stupid question. It’s important that they feel comfortable coming to us to ask whatever question they want. We want to be there to clear up any misconceptions from the beginning.
One of my favourite tips to share when talking to teens is to use technology to our advantage. Let’s face it kids and teens are literally attached to their phones, computers, tablets or all of the above. So why not take advantage of that and leverage that technology to share information with your teen. Tampax has YouTube videos where they have teen girls talking to teen girls. I know my daughter is a huge YouTube fan and if they hear things from their peers they tend to take it as gospel. Okay maybe not gospel but the odds are they’ll listen when it’s someone their age talking, and if it helps them to feel comfortable with their bodies and wearing tampons when they’re ready, I’m all for it.
This YouTube video from Tampax is very helpful, it’s not long and it helps them separate fiction from fact about tampons.
I also feel it’s important for teens to know that they have options when it comes to tampons. Each girl is unique and so is their menstrual cycle. It’s one of the reasons I look at Tampax products first because they have an amazing variety, they’re the most comfortable tampons, and pads I’ve personally used, and they have a series made just for teens.
The Tampax Pearl series has one for active girls, and the Pocket Pearl is quite popular. I mentioned the Pocket Pearl in our Straight Talk – Tampon Time article but what I’d like to mention again that applies to the whole series is that Tampax has thought of everything for their teen products. Let’s face it we probably all remember a time at least once in the girls/ladies washrooms where we had to put in a tampon and that moment where we thought everyone could hear us tearing open that wrapper because it seemed so loud at the time. It probably was noisier than it should have been but not when it comes to the Tampax Pocket Pearl. Their new, softer wrapper has a perforated edge to allow for a quieter and more discreet removal. I tested it out, and I agree, you don’t hear anything. I tried it with all of the Pearl tampon products we have, and each wrapper was opened with minimal noise. This compact tampon also offers the same superior protection and comfort that women know and trust from the full-size Tampax Pearl.
My daughter has also learned that she’s not hindered when it comes to the things she wants to do because now that she knows fact from fiction when it comes to tampons, she knows she can go swimming or do anything or go anywhere whether she has her period or not.
If you need a little help with giving your daughter more information so she can feel comfortable with tampons here’s another YouTube video to share with her so she can watch at her leisure.
Give your teen the facts before they think that the fiction is true, just have a straight talk about being comfortable with tampons and let her know you’re there to listen and answer any questions.