Ive had my period for about 5 years, yet I only started using tampons nearly a year ago. At that time, I had had no sexual contact at all, and nothing had every been put in my vagina, so I'm assuming that I had at least a partial hymen.
When I started using tampons, I used mini ones, which have the same absorbancy as regular ones, they're just slimmer for starters.
However, I still use the mini ones now, even though I've now been involved in sexual activity including manual sex and intercourse, which I have bled at before, so I'm assuming that I streched my hymen.
But is it still ok to use the mini tampons? I know that they expand to fit into your vagina, but should I start using regular sized ones now that technically I shouldn't have a hymen, and so shouldn't need to use the slimmer ones?
If the slimmer ones still work for you, and you're not getting any leakage or slippage, then keep using them. As I'm sure you know from the little leaflet, you should always use the lowest absorbency tampon for your needs; this lessens the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome.
If you're having problems with the slims, go up to the regulars. Really, though, it's a fit and comfort issue, and whether you've had sex or not if you're a petite girl sometimes the slimmer ones can be more comfortable.
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