I'm 19 & Never Used a Tampon

Okay, in all seriousness I'm a little embarrassed about this. I started my period at a very young age (8 years old) and when it happened, I actually freaked out. My mother never told me about things of that sort and I was a bit confused as to why it happened. But it's been 11 years since that fateful day and I'm afraid of the one thing everybody else loves: tampons. Now I've been curious about them for about 2-3 years but I've never lucked up the courage to buy them. My mother never taught me anything other than the traditional pad (and thankfully they've created Always Infinity because I don't like "diapers"). So I'm curious, am I the only one who's never used one. And the more obvious question: Does it hurt?