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What Should I do About a Lost Tampon?

Anna T.
Updated Jan 21, 2024
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A lost tampon is almost never actually lost because tampons are not small enough to pass through the cervix and into the uterus. Even though tampons cannot normally go past the cervix, they can occasionally get lodged up inside the vagina, making them difficult to find and retrieve. If you think you have a lost tampon, you should first attempt to find it yourself. In the event that you cannot find your tampon but still believe there is one inside of you, it might be a good idea to see your doctor or gynecologist so she can either find it for you or confirm that there is no tampon present.

If you think you have a tampon lost inside of you, you should try to find it yourself before calling a doctor. The first thing you should do before trying to find your lost tampon is wash your hands to prevent getting germs and bacteria inside your vagina, which could lead to infection. After you have washed your hands, you should get into a comfortable position and feel around inside your vagina for the tampon string or for the actual tampon. If you find the tampon or string, you can try to carefully pull it out. In the event that you find nothing, there is a good chance that nothing is there because tampons typically take up too much space inside the vagina to not be easily located.

Tampons occasionally get lodged inside the inner folds of the vagina, and although this is rare, you may have difficulty finding and retrieving your tampon if this has happened. If you still have a strong feeling that there is a lost tampon inside of you even though you could not find it yourself, you should see your doctor or gynecologist. If there is a tampon present, your doctor or gynecologist should be able to find it for you without any problems. Chances are good that you haven't actually lost your tampon, and if this is the case, you'll be able to have some peace of mind after it is confirmed by a medical specialist that no tampon is there.

You should not feel embarrassed to see your doctor about a lost tampon. Many women refuse to get medical attention for this problem out of embarrassment, but it is a common occurrence that doctors are used to dealing with. If a tampon stays inside your body for days at a time, you are at risk of developing toxic shock syndrome, which is a serious illness that can be life threatening. Seeing your doctor to make sure you do not have a lost tampon is a good idea if you suspect there is one inside of you that you cannot retrieve, because failing to take one out that has been in place for more than a day greatly increases your risk of developing toxic shock syndrome.

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Anna T.
By Anna T.
Anna Thurman is a skilled writer who lends her talents to WiseGeek. Her ability to research and present information in an engaging and accessible manner allows her to create content that resonates with readers across a wide range of subjects.
Discussion Comments
By anon177613 — On May 18, 2011

i have had a tampon in for a week today. thanks for making me feel better. --steph

Anna T.
Anna T.
Anna Thurman is a skilled writer who lends her talents to WiseGeek. Her ability to research and present information in an engaging and accessible manner allows her to create content that resonates with readers across a wide range of subjects.
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