hey very late on this but if tampons hurt, you are definitely not putting them in right
remember that the vagina isn't just straight up. It's tilted back a little. so when you put in a tampon, you should tilt it back instead of just putting it straight up.
and if it hurts to pull it out, that usually means it isn't ready to come out, like you haven't bled that much
to minimize that happening, make sure you get the right size tampon for your flow
like, if you have a medium flow you probably wouldn't get a super ultra plus tampon
tampons can be useful for more than swimming. first of all, if you don't change your pad quickly, it can start to smell. also, if you move around too much, your pad can move to the side and you can miss it, bleeding onto your underpants instead.
personally, I use both because I have a period from hell and I can bleed through an overnight pad and super plus tampon in three hours, but everyone is different. if you prefer pads to tampons, you do that. it all comes down to what is practical and comfortable for you.
I'm so sorry for spamming your thread with tampon facts but I think it's very important to be educated
my mom never talked about this stuff with me so for the first few years of my period I was absolutely clueless and I just don't want that to happen with anyone else
ok I'll stop now sorry