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Scared about getting TSS

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i wanted to try a tampon but i Don’t know how to and how far it should go i’m also scared of getting tss from it if i forget. that’s not childish is it? i’m only 13

Answer

Hi there, thank you for reaching out to us!
 
It’s completely normal to have questions and concerns about using tampons for the first time. You’re definitely not alone in feeling this way, and many others have the same worries. We’re here to help you navigate this new experience and provide the support you need.
 
Using a tampon might seem a bit tricky at first, but with a little practice, it gets easier. This booklet, and particularly page 30, tells you all about puberty and how to use a tampon www.hse.ie/busy-bodies-a-book-about-puberty-for-you-and-your-parents.
 
It’s understandable to worry about Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), but it’s very rare. To minimize risk, change your tampon every 4-8 hours and use the lowest absorbency needed. You might want to set a reminder on your phone so you don’t forget. And remember, it’s ok to use pads or pantyliners if you’re more comfortable with them.
 
You are never alone. The Childline team is here for you, to support you and explore your options with you. We’re open 24 hours a day, every day. You can contact us for free at 1800 66 66 66 or by Messenger at www.Childline.ie (just click on the purple Messenger circle!). Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have more questions or just need someone to talk to.
 
Take care and remember, it’s ok to take things at your own pace. We’re here for you whenever you need us.
Alex

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