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Forgot Tampon?

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Dear BeingGirl Experts,

This question comes from a fear that I have. What would happen if I were to accidentally forget to take out the tampon? Not necessarily before the insertion of a new tampon, but near the end of my period. For some reason, I have this fear that the string will break off and perhaps cause me to forget whether or not one is in there.


If that ever did happen, how would I know (without going to a gynecologist)? Would I get TSS? Would the tampon dissolve inside of me? Sorry if these seem like silly questions to you, but thank you for answering.





Dear  Ava,

Losing the string to your tampon isn’t likely to happen. If it breaks while you are trying to remove a tampon, understand the tampon is still in the vagina and can be removed. You can learn more about TSS on the insertion sheet in all packages of tampons sold and on


If a tampon remains in your vagina for several days, it may cause a local irritation, and you may notice an unusual vaginal discharge and/or odor. If this occurs, you can remove the tampon by squatting down, placing your thumb and forefinger into your vagina, and sweeping them back and forth trying to feel the tampon. When the tampon is located, you need to grip the tampon and pull it out. If you cannot reach it, you will need to see your doctor, ASAP, and have him/her remove it.


Hope this helps,

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