my daughter just started her first period this pass thurs tomarrow will be 5 days and we are going swiming and she wants to swim and idk if she should use a tampon during her first period ever... im wondering if she wore one just to go swiming if that would be safe??? she is 13

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Tina - posted on 08/07/2012

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If she's comfortable with it that's fine. But I would be concerned whether or she had an accident and got embarrased about it. But that's for the 2 of you to decided. Goodluck

Michelle - posted on 08/07/2012

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I used tampons with my first period as we had our school swimming carnival. I was 13 and it's fine as long as she's comfortable with using them.

Corinne - posted on 08/07/2012

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I used tampons during my first period, I couldn't stand pads. Just buy the smallest ones you can find and let her decide for herself if she's comfortable. If not, move the swimming back until she's off, then she won't miss out.

Angela - posted on 08/07/2012

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I understand blood flow stops when the body is immersed in water but this doesn't make any guarantees on what happens immediately before getting into the water and when she emerges from the pool. She will NOT want to be "caught short" and embarrassed.

I doubt that a 13 year old would be able to comfortably insert a tampon. But ask her, she may be OK!

A solution would be to use the pull-up panties designed for incontinent persons, under her swimsuit. Adults who are incontinent still go swimming and use this type of protection. But she may well feel uncomfortable and self-conscious using these panties.

Personally, I would re-schedule the swimming for when she doesn't have a period if she can't use tampons comfortably.

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