8:18 pm - 04/04/2007

weird gush of blood.

I just had something really weird happen, and I'm a bit freaked out.
I'm on the fourth day of my period, which is usually very light, since I only bleed for 4-5 days most of the time. So far, it had been normal..just a little bleeding...and I was using a tampon...the smallest one.
I was in the bathroom flat-ironing my hair, so I wasn't doing anything strenuous or moving around a lot, and I felt this awful, wet gush...like I had peed on myself or something. I went over to the toilet and realized that it was blood. Bright red blood. I sat on the toilet for a few minutes to see if it kept up, but it didn't. I took out my tampon and it wasn't even half-covered! I'm pretty confused as to how the blood would have gotten around the tampon, anyway, if it came from my vagina. Could it have come from my bladder...? In an uncontrollable rush like that?
Earlier (as in 2 or 3 hours ago) when I was inserting a tampon, I joked to my friend that my tampon went in at an odd angle, and for a second, it felt like I bumped up toward my bladder. It was sore for a few minutes, but then it was fine.
Anyone have ANY ideas? I have no idea what just happened, but I'm pretty weirded out!
nebulosity 5th-Apr-2007 01:29 am (UTC)
You didn't mention what brand of tampons you're using, but I've experienced major blood leakage while wearing a tampon. It can happen either because the tampon is sitting at a strange angle in your vagina (because it's the small one) or because the tampon didn't expand to the contours of your vagina and blood is escaping.

I think if it came from your bladder, you'd be in pain, but I don't know for sure. If you think it's quite likely that the blood came from your urethra, then you probably need to see a doctor right away. http://www.emedicinehealth.com/blood_in_the_urine/article_em.htm

Good luck!
littlebluegrrl 5th-Apr-2007 01:33 am (UTC)
I'm using the tampax compact ones..., which I've never had problems with before.
I'm gonna give it a little time and see what happens.
It was just that gush that freaked me out...that's never happened to me before...especially with the blood being so bright.

Thanks for your help.
h0rsegurrrl 5th-Apr-2007 02:19 am (UTC)
You know, I've had a problem with blood leaking around the Tampax Compacts too. I use the regular flow ones. I don't know why because they're not even really any smaller than full-sized tampons, they just seem to leak so much more. Of course, I don't really have much to compare it to, as I haven't used full-sized tampons on a regular basis in years, but a few times it's gotten to the point where, if it happened in the car, I'd have to put my feet up on the dashboard (not driving, don't worry) to keep from bleeding on the seat. I've since switched to baby sock tampons and they don't have that problem; maybe a switch in brands would help?
littlebluegrrl 5th-Apr-2007 03:38 am (UTC)
what's a baby sock tampon?
h0rsegurrrl 5th-Apr-2007 04:12 am (UTC)
It's just what it sounds like, it's a baby sock rolled up into a tampon, hehe. From borntolove.com:

Buy 6 pair (or more) of 100% cotton white baby socks. Wash (and dry) three times with a natural, mild soap - rinsing well. At your next period, simply roll up one baby sock into a tight roll, and insert as you would a paper tampon. If you need more absorbency, use two baby socks rolled up. Replace it with the next baby sock as needed. Rinse the used one out well, and store dry until washday.
littlebluegrrl 5th-Apr-2007 04:19 am (UTC)
whoa! that's so cool.
i'd never heard of that!
abitofanenigma 5th-Apr-2007 01:36 am (UTC)
I've had similar leakage with some brands, where the cotton feels tighter and more 'plastic' than others, especially if I get a bit of natural 'lube' on the tampon (sometimes part of my period was just clear, and it almost 'sealed' the outside of the tampon...weird) and if it's inserted at a strange angle and also if it's the smallest one. I've also experienced similar gushing, almost like watery blood that just comes out at once? I'm sure it's nothing to worry about, especially if you're not experiencing any pain.
queensugar 5th-Apr-2007 04:19 am (UTC)
If you're not having any urinary symptoms (serious pain or burning while urinating, etcetera), I highly doubt it came from your bladder or urethra.

However, it's definitely not unheard of to have what appears to be inexplicable tampon leakage -- I've definitely had very similar things happen to me.

What I've sort of found is that when I do get leakage, it comes out in a gush -- my working theory is that the tampon is oddly situated somehow, and it manages to block the blood for a bit without actually absorbing it... so when something shifts just a wee bit, it all gushes out.
aint2nuts 5th-Apr-2007 06:35 am (UTC)
My blood flow is so heavy I have to wear two super plus tampons, and I still get leakage sometimes, right around the tampons. Perfectly normal, just depends on where the tampon landed inside of you.

goth_kittykat 6th-Apr-2007 03:12 am (UTC)
kinda unrelated, but i've felt like fulid is moving through me, and it tends to be that i blood was flowing out abit more at that time..but mine are heavy so that's kinda normal for me.
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