There are certainly many different opinions about whether or not a young girl, who is just beginning to have menstrual periods, should be encouraged to use a tampon. These concerns stem from different places.
Here are three of the more common ones.
- The chemicals in the tampon are dangerous to a young girl’s health.
- They are too young to have an object entering their vagina.
- There are fears that the tampon might become lodged inside the vagina or even travel to other places in the body.
The first concern is linked to a condition identified in young girls in the 1970’s called “toxic shock syndrome.” Today, this condition is rarely seen in girls who use tampons. The design of the tampon has also changed. You can purchase organic cotton tampons that make you feel better about their use inside the body. What is important is to make sure your daughter understands the importance of changing the tampon frequently.
The second concern is more of a personal one for mom. You might have always heard that a young girl should not use tampons. You will likely be challenged by your daughter so now might be a good time to question yourself about why you believe this.
The third concern can be solved by looking at the anatomy.
It is true that a tampon expands when it is moistened by fluid in the vagina, but the vaginal walls expand so the tampon will not be stuck inside. Remember, a baby can pass through the vagina. There is a string attached to the tampon that hangs outside of the vagina. When pulled, the tampon normally slides out of the vagina with ease. The vagina itself is a self-contained tube. There is simply nowhere for the tampon to go once it is lodged inside.
Even discussing the main concerns moms have about tampons, they are certainly helpful for girls who participate in sports, dance, or just enjoy swimming. It is a freedom that even young girls can enjoy if they are taught the proper use and care that goes along with the benefits.
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