I have a neighbor who is the grandmother of a 14 year old who stays with her in the summer time. The girl is such a sweetheart, and she likes to look at me like a "big sister". If I can i'll make it a point to spend a little time with her since she doesn't really get to see her friends much. She has been through a pretty rough life. Her father has been in and out of her life, and her mother is just not as involved as to what I think a mom should be. Basically her living situations are more than often unstable.
Just the other morning the grandmother called me and asked me if I had an feminine rags. She couldn't go to the store because her car is currently being fixed and the girls mother wouldn't be coming around until the evening. I pulled out a few regular tampons and brought them over. The girl told me she's never used a tampon before and didnt even know how to use one. I didn't really know what to do other than offer to give her a ride to get pads or try my best to teach her how to use a tampon.
She said she was scared and I told her it's not as scary as it seems lol. I took one out the wrapper so I could show her how to do it and explained not to force it. Long story short, she tried it and said it hurt and then I thought about how there are smaller ones than regulars. But I wasn't about to make her do anything and just couldn't remember when I started using tampons or how I felt about it. So in the end I drove her to store so she could get pads.
The whole thing just made me feel like this girl was completely clueless because she was never taught. So my question is, at what age is it common for teen girls to start using tampons? Did you have to teach them anything as far as knowing how to use one or did they already know from health class or from a conversation you had with them in the past? I can't really remember how it was for me, and i've heard they are teaching this kind of stuff earlier than middle school now.
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