Denise's thoughts: I believe we grew up in a time when tampons were new on the scene and our mothers were a little unsure of them. Hence, our hesitation now.
I let my daughter and the girls at the teen home make the decision when they were ready. There are starter kits that give good directions. I know Kmart has them, if you should decide to let her. The Tampax site has a lot of informative information too.
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