Tampons and virginity are a common question asked by young vagina-havers who are just getting their periods. It’s understandable to be confused about the “logistics” of using tampons and how it relates to your virginity. If you’ve just started getting your period and want to use tampons, but aren’t sure if it’ll “take your virginity” don’t worry. Like most things people Google or look up, the answer is better than what you’re thinking!
Nope. Using a tampon (which is actually considered a medical device) for your period does not change your virginity status.
No way. Your first time having sex is not the same as using a tampon. Putting one thing in one part of your body does not equate to any meaning other than what you give it. Tampons do not take your virginity, it’s as simple as that. The first time you have sex will still be the first time you have sex.
First things first, your hymen doesn’t actually “break” — it stretches. While it’s possible that a tampon will stretch your hymen, it’s also possible that your hymen has stretched in other ways already, or will, or won’t stretch even when you do have sex. Tampons are small, and can usually be inserted through the existing opening of your hymen (how do you think all the blood and blood clots on your period come out?)
Ready for a bigger shock? Sometimes even first-time penetrative sex doesn’t even stretch the hymen all the way or as much as you think it would.
Yep, if a virgin is someone who has not had sex before, as long as you haven’t had sex before, you can still use tampons and stay a virgin. Tampons are medical devices (they are regulated by the FDA), so if you need or choose to use tampons, that’s a legit medical choice you’re making for your body, and no one can judge you or tell you to do otherwise.
No, tampons work the same and are just as efficient for all vaginas, regardless of whether or not they have had sex before, how many times they’ve had sex, for how long, etc.
You should choose the tampon absorbency that best fits your flow and your needs. While tampons come in “sizes”, these aren’t sizes for wear, but actually refer to the capacity of fluid or blood that a tampon can hold. You’re not extra special or delicate for only using Light Tampons, and you’re not a gross blood monster if you go through Super Tampons all the time. It’s all about the absorbency of the tampon, not your body, so don’t feel bad or guilty if you need to use a larger tampon!