Tips for Knowing if Your Daughter is Ready for Tampons

[Holy Hormones Honey! Great ideas and information in this blog post about determining if your Hormonal Honey is ready to use tampons.  This is a harder question now that girls are menstruating as early as age nine or even younger.  She has to have some sense of being comfortable about her body before tackling tampons…yet on the other hand – pads and can messy and yucky too.]

Is My Daughter Ready for Tampons?

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How Many!?!

When it comes to feminine hygiene supplies, there are almost as many questions as there are products!  Since your daughter will use approximately 10,000 pads, tampons and/or panty liners in her lifetime, it is worth investing some time to learn more about her options.

The Starting Line

Some girls start menstruating at age 9 while others don’t have their first period until age 15.  Whether your daughter starts before most of her friends, along with them, or is one of the last to get her period, the odds are good that she will start with disposable pads (or a mix of disposable pads and panty liners).  Pads are practical, easy to use, and highly effective.


The interest level in trying an internal product varies widely among girls who have recently started menstruating.  Some of the most common reasons for growing more interested include:

– Friends’ Recommendations
Leaking Through Pads
– Summer Outfits & Outings
– Sports & Activities
– Concerns About Odor
– Swimming/Fun Water Activities
– Wanting to be Like ___ (mom, older sister, etc.)

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.