Menstrual Cups and teens?
and the the second poster...try brushing you hair regularly right before you wash. that should loosen up the scales to make it easier to wash them away, you alos might want to try using some jojoba oil on your scalp after washing
I think tampons would be fine to try though, as long as you're ok with her using disposable products. Perhaps some of the non-bleached ones like Natracare? I would definitely go with applicator ones too. Once she is comfortable with inserting them and it's going well maybe you could look into a cup then.
Also, how about other alternatives that may be easier for her than a cup, like sea sponges?
ETA: Sponges could be another option, with a cloth back up, they are smaller and less complicated than a cup.
I'd definitely work on giving her some kind of an option to allow her to swim & be comfortable. The sea sponges intrigue me.
I used Instead for a while before leaping to Diva. I am a mother in my early 30s. I used tampons as a teen b.c i hated pads, now I use a cloth backup on my heavy days. I think you could let her decide. I read there are some smaller cups for teens..... No link of course since this is a new computer.
you could get her a smaller cup then the diva to try out, there are a lot of different cup products on the market, here is a comparison chart
I agree with the other posters who said that the cup might be uncomfortable and that cloth pads might be better...I also found tampons extremely uncomfortable as a teenager. But you could let her try it and see what she prefers.
Why is your daughter "not good" at pads--because they leak? As the dork who always had leaks when she used sposie pads, I can say that cloth pads are way less leak-prone. :)
Are you still pretty young? The didnt have those available when I was a teenager, but Id have loved to have used one.
I couldn't get a tampon IN the few times I tried. my mom was totally opposed so I basically used pads until I was 20....
When I lost my virginity at such a late age I figured out why i had such problems. Evidently I had quite the hymen!
Still was never a big fan after that, but did use them esp when flow was heavy at that point.
wanted a cup for years and years and finally broke down and bought one er...3 years ago? kicking myself bigtime now for not buying one 13 years ago! lol.
I think some girls are more mature than others with handling body stuff and all that....so it's different for every girl, but I think i'd probably argue to not try tampons until 16 if *I* had a girl, but thats me and I have boys :P
and if daughter was ready/willing/able to use tampons, I would probably buy her a cup.
But if tampons or sponges would squick her out, Id think a cup would be worse honestly!
I think its kinda cool but dumping out all that blood can be a bit scary, and blood does get on your fingers and the outside of the cup...esp if you have a heavy flow!
I'm 16 and I got my period at 13. My mom made me use a period with pads, and another menstrual cycle with tampons after explaining to me the benefits of tampons. She gave me a mooncup. I LOVE MY MOONCUP! It makes me feel clean and lets me do all my sports (track, cross country, volleyball, basketball, soccer, dance, and figure skating), and take my exams without feeling uncomfortable. I don't have the noise of a pad ripping or the smell. I don't have the dryness and the risk of TSS with tampons. I really think that you should tell your daughter that it might break her hymen. I was fine because my hymen was already broken because of all the sports I do. Maybe you should transition her with instead softcups. I personally recommend the Mooncup (UK). It's very environmentally friendly and a lot cheaper than conventional feminine products. You can buy from http://www.mooncup.co.uk/wc.php?u=2772 if you live in the US.