Best Tampons for Teenagers

Best Tampons for Teenagers
Cripes, I remember getting my period in 8th grade. It sucked. It sucked the gall damn life out of me. I could go on and on about how badly I loathed that TOM (time of the month). Even worse, I was active in sports. And having to rock a thick pad while I played volleyball, danced and ran track was uncomfortable and I would often become self conscious about adjusting that fluffy thing in action. It makes an already awkward middle school life even more awkward.

When teens first get their period, they may become overwhelmed at the decision to choose pads or tampons, and if tampons, what kind. There are several options out there but it is recommended that teens first choose tampons with a regular absorbency and then gauge their menstrual flow from there.


Most tampon brands feature regular, super, super plus and ultra absorbency. Basically, regular absorbency is designed to hold 6-9 grams of menstrual blood, ideal for most menstrual cycle days; super absorbency is designed to hold 9-12 grams of menstrual blood, ideal for heavy flow days; super plus absorbency is designed to hold 12-15 grams of menstrual blood, ideal for heavier flow days and ultra absorbency is designed to hold 15-18 grams of menstrual blood, ideal for maximum absorbency.

Tampax Pearl Regular Scented Tampons– Tampax Pearl Regular Scented Tampons features a Leak Guard Braid that is designed to help stop leaks from occurring, before they start. The smooth plastic applicator features an Anti-Slip Grip, making it easy to hold and insert. The Tampax Pearl Regular Scented Tampon also features Form Fit, which contours to your specific shape.

U by Kotex Sleek Regular Tampons– U by Kotex Sleek Regular Tampons features the Perfect Touch Grip, which makes insertion easy, since it is marked to show you how far to insert the tampon. Also, the Quick Absorption feature is ideal for those who are active or play sports. The slim design applicator of the U by Kotex Sleek Regular Tampon, is made for comfort, with its silky feel.

Playtex Gentle Glide Regular Tampons
– Playtex Gentle Glide Regular Tampons features a Triple Layer Design, made for added comfort. The Comfort Shape applicator features a rounded tip, designed for easy insertion. The Playtex Gentle Glide Regular Tampon also has an absorbent core, which holds fluid at bay, preventing leaks.

O.B. Pro Comfort Regular Tampons- O.B. Pro Comfort Regular Tampons features a Fluid Lock Design, designed for maximum absorbency. The O.B. Pro Comfort Regular Tampon also features a Silk Touch outer covering, for maximum comfort, made from Rayon, Polyethylene and Polypropylene.

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23 comments

  1. My mom always used pads, so that’s what I use. I have used Tampons, but they are not my preference because my uterus is tilted and they are uncomfortable.

  2. Oh periods… they are such a pain! I could never use tampons as a teenager but if I had to to swim I always chose the applicator ones. You know I was surprised last time I came to the states to find that hardly any brands at all didn’t have an applicator? In australia we have maybe one brand with one line of applicators, and the rest are just without. The applicator is definitely helpful when starting out with periods.

  3. Education around products to use for teenagers is so important. I know of a couple monthly subscriptions boxes dedicated to figuring out what a teen needs! As an adult I am sooo glad for my IUD!

  4. I never used a tampon when I was a teenager, it wasn’t until I was about 20 that I tried one and I like them if I’m on holiday/ very active as I find them more practical x

  5. This is great. It can be such a scary time for girls and being educated on the subject is so important. I was terrified to use tampons when I was a kid and my mom had a discussion with me similar to this. It made my life so much easier! Awesome article for girl mamas and teachers too!

  6. I remember having to teach my eldest about tampons and napkins and which she wanted to try to make things easier for her when she has her period. I think this is a nice guide for moms who are in this stage with their teens.

  7. I don’t have a teenager daughter but I remember my mom helping me shop for tampons and she never used them. She only used pads. To me pads were gross and uncomfortable especially when the first few days of cycle were heavy.

  8. I’m not a mother of a girl (yet) I’m a boy mom but I will say growing up I was so scared of using a tampon until I was literally a woman 20 years old. This is so important to teach young women the importance of these products.

  9. Crikey I have 3 girls and one daughter will be needing all this soon. I am not sure if I feel comfy my daughter with tampons just yet. Think I will start her on pads first. Thanks for sharing!!

  10. I remember getting my period in 7th grade and being annoyed. I already knew what to expect, but I didn’t really know what I was in for. Pads and tampons are such a pain but at least we have options. It helps to share these options with your teens and let them choose which is right for her.

  11. When I was a teen and got my period my mum used pads, so she gave me pads. I hated them. I switched to tampons. Then in my 30’s I found the menstrual cup and WOW wish I’d know about those earlier!!! They are awesome you should check them out!

  12. My oldest will be a teen next year and I will give her this article to read and then we can discuss the options. I don’t like tampons but I will let her choose what she is comfortable with in the end.

  13. SO glad to know this. I have 2 girls both at the age I started my period and we’re wondering whats out there for them. I’m glad to know because we will have to get some soon to have on hand.

  14. I’ll have to show this to my teenage daughter. She currently uses pads, but wants to swim whilst on her period. I think she’s scared to try tampons, but knows they’d be ideal for using for certain activities during TOM.

    Louise x

  15. This is one of those topics that every teen girl needs to know about but are usually too embarrassed to ask. Thanks for stepping up and giving girls everywhere some much needed advice.

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