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Awesome question! I wish I knew the answer to when I first started wearing tampons!
The first tampon I ever used was a cardboard applicator tampon and it was only later when I tried plastic applicator tampons did I realize it was sooo much easier with a plastic applicator.
For your first tampon, I would suggest a regular absorbency tampon with a plastic full size applicator.
I find these tampons easier and more comfortable to insert.
Inserting your first tampon can get a bit confusing, so I would also suggest for beginners a plastic full size applicator which is a bit more simpler to use than a compact one.
Plastic applicators have a rounded tip covered by the plastic applicator while cardboard applicators have tips that expose the top of the tampon or our covered by the cardboard applicator. The rounded tip on plastic applicators make a first tampon insertion more comfortable than cardboard applicators.
The round tip and smooth plastic barrel will help beginners insert their first tampon easier especially if you are nervous.
When wearing tampons, you must wear the lowest absorbency needed for your period. If you have a normal flow (not too heavy, not too light), it is safe to wear regular tampon. But if your flow is a little heavier, it is still safe for you to wear a regular tampon. If you don’t fill up your regular tampon in 3-5 hours, then switch to a lighter absorbency. With practice, you will get a better idea of which tampon you need for your flow and when to change your tampon.
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