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Tampon Strings: What If They Break?

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Dear BeingGirl Experts,

My question is how do you know when to remove your tampon? And what if the string breaks?




Dear Aish,

A tampon should be removed when saturated, or within 4–8 hours of insertion. You will learn when your tampon is saturated because you'll become familiar with your flow. If you see that the string has any staining, this can mean the tampon is saturated. Tampons come in absorbencies appropriate for your different flow days. You should use the lowest absorbency tampon for your flow. If you find your tampon fully saturated before 4 hours, you need to move up an absorbency. If you remove the tampon at 8 hours and still see white fiber on the tampon, your tampon is too absorbent, so drop down one absorbency.


Tampax tampon strings are sewn on and have very little chance of breaking. If the string does break, you can squat and reach in to grasp the tampon as the tampon has no place to go. If for some reason you are unable to remove the tampon, you should contact your doctor/health care provider.


Hope this is helpful,

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Posted May 19, 2014
Ummm I've started my period but I use pads..... In my opinion tampons aren't safe what if it gets stuck and the string breaks.
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Posted April 21, 2014
i have to say i thought the string would break to but i jut talked to my mom and she explained it
Posted July 14, 2012
OMG, please help! I've had my period for almost a year, but I've been using pads. I'm going to start wearing a tampon (maybe :/ ) in 18 days, and I think I could get it in correctly, but I'm SO scared it's going to hurt to take it out!! I don't deal with pain very well, and I'm afraid that I won't be able to relax which will make it harder to take out (I've read)!!! Please help if you read this! - A Happy Hufflepuff (who's really scared right now!)
Posted July 17, 2012
patronusSky i have not had my period yet but i know alot about it. i under stand why you would be scared. But dont worry when taking it out think relaxing thoughts . I hope you find this helpful.


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