When I first got my period, I was given a box of pads and tampons so I could decide which I preferred.
The problem was the tampons were
super hard impossible to insert. I tried to use the instructional pamphlet, but it didn’t explain enough for me to understand.
I felt stuck.
I loved ballet, but was scared to continue taking lessons. I didn’t want to wear a leotard with my massive, bulky pads visible.
It took me almost 6 months to figure our how to insert a tampon. I realized that you use it more horizontally than straight up like I had imagined. I felt so relieved to figure that out… but by then I had quit ballet and missed out on a summer of swimming when I had my period.
As scary as it sounded at the time, I wished I had asked my mum about tampons. It’s much better to go through an awkward 5 minute conversation than dread your period for the next six months! I gave up something I loved and feel alone because I lacked the courage to ask a question.
If you’re a teen, talk to your mother. They can answer questions better than any corporate pamphlet. I promise it won’t be as embarrassing as you think it will be!