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Please advise me as to what age a young girl can start using tampons. I am a concerned grandmother.
    
There is no recommended age a girl should start using tampons once she starts having her periods. The important thing to keep in mind about tampon use is to maintain personal hygiene at all times. The tampon should be changed one to three times daily or more often if necessary.. Tampon use has been associated with toxic shock syndrome, which is a serious side effect due to bacteria accumulating in the tampon and vagina. The bacterial toxins are the cause for TSS; however, the condition is rarely seen.

Tampons are inserted inside the vagina to absorb the menstrual blood before it leaves the body. The very slender tampons especially designed for young teens, if used according to directions, will usually not damage the hymen (the thin bit of tissue that partly covers the opening of the vagina.) On the other hand, since it is a little scary to use a tampon for the first time, many young teens prefer to use pads or pantiliners until they are older and more comfortable with their rapidly changing bodies. We suggest you talk with your granddaughter’s mother or your doctor about what might work best for her.

For more information, see Using Tampons: Advice for the Teenage Girl on our site.

 

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