I hope there is some way of making things more comfortable for Amy.
I assume you're going with both tampons and pads together?
At her heaviest if she needs to be somewhere or doing something away from home we have found doubling up is the best thing possible.
I started at 11.
Actually I've been off and on BC since I was 26; I'm 50; only break was about 2 years in there of getting pregnant and nursing.
The board's not working right for me right now so I'll just reply where I can - at any rate, I've read online (mostly via parenting boards here) that many girls get on BC in order to either help with acne or with flow issues; has nothing to do with being SA or not