When girls can start using tampons

Cara Natterson, MD Pediatrician & Author, shares advice for mothers on when your daughter should start using a tampon and how the decision should be made with your daughter
When Girls Should Start Using Tampons
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When girls can start using tampons

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When to start using a tampon is such a personal decision. It's really a decision that a girl should make together with her mom. My rule is that girls should not be using tampons until girls can use the anatomical terms for the body parts and they are willing to look down there and see where the tampon is going. If they can't do those two things, they are not ready to put something inside their body. I know some girls, particularly athletes, swimmers, divers, and gymnasts, are girls who want to start using tampons sooner. They can't participate in their sports if they don't use a tampon. But if they are not ready, they are not ready. Talk to the a female coach. Every woman remembers when they first got their period and they will understand.

Cara Natterson, MD Pediatrician & Author, shares advice for mothers on when your daughter should start using a tampon and how the decision should be made with your daughter

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Cara Natterson, MD

Pediatrician & Author

Cara Natterson, MD has treated thousands of children and guided their parents as well. She was a partner at Tenth Street Pediatrics in Santa Monica, California, a large group practice serving infants, children and teenagers. She now runs Worry Proof Consulting, the first of its kind pediatric practice that offers parents open-ended time to review everything from medical questions and biology basics to child development and parenting issues. Cara is also the author of several books on parenting and child health. She has a unique ability to translate cutting edge research into understandable terms for parents and their kids. More recently, Cara’s consulting has extended beyond individual families to include fortune 500 companies seeking expert advice on safety issues, child health, and crisis management.

Cara has appeared on television, in print, and on the web. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and she trained in pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco. Cara is a Board certified pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. And anyone who knows her knows that Cara is, by nature, one of the most risk-averse people on earth. She lives in California with her husband and two children.

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