Tampon Strings: What If They Break? Dear BeingGirl Experts, My question is how do you know when to remove your tampon? And what if the string breaks? Aish --- 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, Your BeingGirl Experts Find out more about tampon strings and get answers to your period questions at BeingGirl.com.