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    Give good instructions
    An_193247 posted:
    Even if you daughter says she knows how, don't take it for granted. She may not say thanks but she will be glad. Make sure you take a tampon and demonstrate that it's gently inserted all the way then slip the plastic applicator off. It wasn't until many years later that my daughter told me she didn't know the basics and was too embarrassed to ask and therefore delayed using tampons for some time, missing out on fun activities.Don't wait until its necessary/ such as an impromptu swimming trip as there may be other people around, find a quiet private time before the issue comes up.
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    Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Anon_176894, thank you for sharing this very important tip! I know when we're talking to our daughters (or sons) about intimate matters, you can feel relieved to have the talk over, but it may not be enough.

    I agree with you 100% that a demonstration is in order along with an explanation. You may want to use the diagram on the insert that comes with the tampon to help as another visual aid. Don't let some well-meaning teen or tween give possibly inaccurate or faulty instructions to your child.

    Does anyone else have important tips to share?

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