Your hymen and using tampons
Many people believe that a virgin cannot use tampons, or if a virgin does use a tampon she's no longer a virgin. Is this true? The short answer is no.
What is a virgin?
A virgin is someone who has not had sexual intercourse. So, using a tampon would technically mean that a girl has not lost her virginity. Many people and cultures believe that a broken hymen means that a girl is not a virgin, the fact is a hymen can be broken without intercourse occurring while a hymen can also remain intact even if intercourse has occurred.
The hymen is a collar of tissue attached to the vaginal wall, not a membrane that covers the entrance of the vagina as many people believe. It has an opening in the centre, for menstrual blood to flow through. After puberty, the hymen becomes quite elastic and looks like a scrunchy. This means the hymen can easily stretch out and back again to accommodate a tampon or a penis. The bleeding that sometimes occurs when a woman first has sex is usually from a small tear in the hymen, so it doesn't actually break like we're often told. This small tear will heal itself.
The hymen and tampons
When a tampon is inserted, the gap in the hymen will stretch to accommodate it. So using a tampon will not affect a girl's virginity in any way. A young girl can start using tampons any time she feels comfortable and ready to.