- What Tampon Size Should a Beginner Use?
- Best Beginner Tampons
- Best Tampons for Beginners with Heavy Flow
- Best Tampons for Sports and Beginners
- Best Tampons for Beginners with Regular to Heavy Flows
- Q: Is Using Tampons Safe?
- Q: What Kind of Tampons are Best for Beginners?
- Q: What Size of Tampon Should a Beginner Use?
- Q: I’m Sensitive to Bleach and Scents, Can I Still Use Tampons?
- Q: What is the best brand of cardboard-based applicator tampons for beginners?
- Q: Is it Normal to Feel Pain When Using a Tampon?
- Putting It All Together
Period alert! Ring the alarm!!!
This is how it felt when I had my first period. It’s shocking, overwhelming and even disturbing at some point.
With the variety of sanitary care products available in the market, I chose the tampon. But whoa! There are lots of different kinds and brands of tampons, so which are the best tampons for beginners?
Sidenote: although, nowadays I’ve converted to a full-time menstrual cup fan! If you’d like to read more on reusable period products, please read the full review of the best menstrual cups.
If you’re not fully assured of the cup lifestyle, perhaps a little more reading on menstrual cups vs tampons would be more appropriate!
*end of sidenote* Back to tampons!
Should I go for superabsorbent or light? Applicator or non-applicator? Plastic or cardboard applicator? Which is the best brand of tampons for beginners?
If you’re a little bit overwhelmed in the tampon choice department, I have two factors for you to keep in mind when looking for the best tampons for beginners:
- Absorbency level
What Tampon Size Should a Beginner Use?
I bought my first tampon in a hurry, not looking at what type or size it is (big mistake). If the packaging is cute and colorful, I’m sold! So there I was, in my tiny bathroom, bleeding and figuring out how to put the tampon inside. TMI?
Turns out I bought a non-applicator type of tampon with maximum absorption! Too much pain and stress for my first day. From the bright side, trying to get the tampon in was a good gym class!
With this experience, I can attest that comfort should be your top priority when looking for the best brand of tampons for beginners. The easier it is to insert, the better.
The best tampons for first-time users should be:
- Easily inserted
- Comfortable once inserted
- Offers protection regardless of activity (sports)
I’d say that the best tampons for tweens are those with built-in applicators as they play an important role in ensuring a comfortable and seamless insertion.
Plastic applicators are a crowd favorite (mine too). Whereas cardboard applicators are a popular choice among the budding environmentalists (as it is biodegradable).
While both are smooth enough to be inserted, plastic applicators seem more durable. A dent or moisture in cardboard applicators can easily affect its quality (read: insertion will not be a breeze).
For some brands, tampon size depends on the absorbency level. When choosing the best tampons for first-time users, consider the pattern of your flow.
My flow normally starts with a heavy gush for two days and goes lighter as it ends, so to match that, I would use super absorbent (but sleek) tampons for the first few days and switch to light/regular ones towards the end.
Take note of the absorbency level in each box of tampons.
If it has the words: Light, Lite and Regular – then these are best for light to moderate flow.
On the other hand, boxes that say: Super, Plus, Super Plus, Overnights – are great for heavy to anemia-inducing, super heavy flow.
Make it a habit to compare sizes, not all highly absorbent tampons are big. The best tampon for tweens are the ones that are sleek regardless of its absorbency level.
After going through boxes and boxes of different brands and tampon types, I came up with a list of what I considered to be the best tampons for beginners and without further ado (drumroll please!) here are the top products that made my list:
Best Beginner Tampons
Best Tampons for Beginners with Heavy Flow
Best Tampons for Sports and Beginners
Best Tampons for Beginners with Regular to Heavy Flows
Q: Is Using Tampons Safe?
A: Provided you followed the instructions and observed proper hygiene (washed and sanitized your hands, etc.), using tampons should be 100% safe.
On rare occurrences, Toxic Shock Syndrome (or TSS) happens to some tampon wearers due to a sudden overgrowth of the Staphylococcus bacteria that may have come from poor hygiene.
As a rule, always make sure that you wash your hands with soap and water before and after handling a tampon and make sure that you don’t go over the 8 hours maximum absorbency period.
Q: What Kind of Tampons are Best for Beginners?
A: Tampons that come in with a built-in applicator (whether plastic or cardboard) are the best for beginners. Inserting a tampon has always been a daunting task for newbies, these applicators ensure a hassle and pain-free insertion which is one of the keys to having a comfortable tampon experience.
Q: What Size of Tampon Should a Beginner Use?
A: It is best to start with the sleekest tampons. I highly recommend starting with Tampax Pearl Lites as it has the sleekest size that is perfect for tweens. As your body gets accustomed to tampons, you can try the other brands with higher absorbency depending on your needs.
Q: I’m Sensitive to Bleach and Scents, Can I Still Use Tampons?
A: Absolutely! There are brands that use 100% organic cotton and veers away from using chemical bleaches and strong scents. You may want to try Seventh Generation Free and Clear tampons, reviewed above. They may be a bit more expensive but I’d recommend them any day!
Q: What is the best brand of cardboard-based applicator tampons for beginners?
A: I highly recommend Tampax Cardboard Applicator Tampons as the best tampons to buy for beginners, as reviewed above.
Q: Is it Normal to Feel Pain When Using a Tampon?
A: Pain during usage can be caused by different factors.
First, it could be that the tampon was not inserted correctly if so you can try to adjust its placement until it feels much more comfortable. Second, you bought the wrong size.
For tampon newbies, it is suggested to get the smallest and sleekest tampons (see suggestions above) to get their body to adjust before trying bigger-sized tampons.
Third, 20% of women suffer from a retroverted uterus. This means that their uterus tilts backward instead of forward affecting how the tampon sits inside the body. If you have one, you’d need to adjust the angle of the tampon to make sure that it fits your body. I
f it’s not any of the three reasons, consult your OBGYNE to check if there’s any tear/infection inside your vag and use an alternative sanitary method, such as pads. And since we talked a bit about Mother Nature, why not try buying some of the best reusable pads?
Putting It All Together
Having your period for the first time can be both exciting and stressful. With all the different products and brands available, choosing the best tampon for young beginners can be quite a daunting task.
Beginners should take the time to read the labels closely and choose the brand and type that is comfortable to insert and use. Start with the slim/sleek ones first (even if they are for light to medium flow) just to get accustomed to the application and the feeling of having a tampon inside.
As you ease your way in, you may slowly introduce yourself to the Super/Plus varieties. From here, you can alternate the usage between light and super depending on your flow.
The products listed above are the best tampons for beginners to buy, you may try them one at a time and come up with a decision based on what works well for your body. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, I’m here to help!
Till the next cycle, ciao!