10:50 pm - 06/12/2008

Tampons and urination

Out of curiosity, Does it matter if you don't change your tampon every time you urinate? I can't help but always change mine when I pee. Maybe it's because the string gets wet sometimes, or I feel like the tampon would expand somehow from dampness. I guess I just don't feel.. clean if I don't change it after I go. I'm not sure.. Does anyone else feel the same way?
ninja_bee 13th-Jun-2008 02:53 am (UTC)
YES, and I hate it
freak41 13th-Jun-2008 02:55 am (UTC)
It sucks, because I go through a whole hell of alot of tampons doing so.
sdwellington 13th-Jun-2008 02:56 am (UTC)
I don't know if it matters or not, but I certainly don't when I'm at home. I drink a lot of water, so I pee a lot and changing my tampon every time would be painful. During the school year though I have my bathroom breaks kind of planned so I don't miss class. They're far enough apart for me to be able to both change my tampon comfortably and hold my pee in without feeling like I'm going to pop.
sdwellington 13th-Jun-2008 02:57 am (UTC)
also, for the dampness. when you pee reach around and grab the string from behind and kind of hold it back towards your anus while you pee and it shouldn't get wet. It doesn't for me, anyways.
x__shameless 13th-Jun-2008 03:07 am (UTC)
I don't, but I'm also gross.

Seriously though, if you reach around and hold the string out of the way of your pee stream then it doesn't get wet :]
freak41 13th-Jun-2008 03:11 am (UTC)
I really never thougt of that... huh. Im going to give it a try.
nieceytee 13th-Jun-2008 03:09 am (UTC)
No. I tuck the string just inside the opening of my vagina, so it never gets wet. It is simple to gently reach for the string when it is time to change it.
freak41 13th-Jun-2008 03:11 am (UTC)
I would do that, but i'm always nervous that the tampon is going to keep going up and i'll lose the string, haha.
melodic_lyrics 13th-Jun-2008 03:10 am (UTC)
I don't change everytime I pee, although I usually have to after I poop, since the tampon seems to shift downwards, and becomes less comfortable.
freak41 13th-Jun-2008 03:13 am (UTC)
Yeah, I have to change it after I poop as well..obviously.. since I can't seem to handle it still being in there after I pee, hah.
slipstreamborne 13th-Jun-2008 03:10 am (UTC)
Honestly, this is an question that I had never, ever before given thought before I encountered it online. I've never had an issue with not changing my tampons every time I use the restroom or done anything beyond my regular toilet hygeine habits, and I say I change my tampons out about every other toilet visit.
freak41 13th-Jun-2008 03:15 am (UTC)
I never really thought about it til recently. I always just, changed it after I peed, it was a habit I guess. But then I was like.. how did I go through 18 tampons in the past 2 days? and then it hit me.. "I change it every time I urinate...is that really nessisary(sp)?
lakemi 13th-Jun-2008 03:14 am (UTC)
I do... no matter what I try to do with the string I always seem to manage to pee on it so I just change it.. which sucks especially when I drink a lot of water and have to pee a lot...
spitspikepsycho 13th-Jun-2008 03:24 am (UTC)
as others have said, i used to move it out of the way so i didn't have to change it :)

but now i use a diva cup, which i can't recommend enough for others to try (diva cup, moon cup, keeper- whichever. i use the diva cup because i'm paranoid about developing a latex allergy, lol). it's a menstrual cup which you put in the vagina, it sits below your cervix and catches the blood. on heavy days i change it once in the morning and once at night, and when my period lessens i change it once a day. in between changes i rinse it with water, or if in a public place i just wipe it off. in between cycles i boil it to sanitize it (though with the keeper i think they recommend washing it well, because boiling ma melt it). and they last for years, woo! ;)

though i understand they're not for everyone- but just in case you haven't considered them before ;p. it took me a couple of cycles to get the hang of it!
spitspikepsycho 13th-Jun-2008 03:25 am (UTC)
er, by "change" i meant "empty" ._.
chiyo_no_saru 13th-Jun-2008 03:29 am (UTC)
I never change it just because I'm peeing. I just pull it out of the way or, well, I don't care that much, I guess.

I use something like two or there tampons a day, though; I have a uterus and vagina of steel. It's just never bothered me--it hadn't even ever occurred to me to change it every time you pee until your post.

Also, you don't need to worry about losing your tampon. Once, I used an applicator-less tampon and forgot to pull out the string--it was sort of awkward getting it out, but I just sort of stuck my fingers in and dug around until I got a good hold on it. It's not so bad. It's also really hard to do, too.
cuteapple 13th-Jun-2008 03:46 am (UTC)
buzzboomsplat 13th-Jun-2008 03:31 am (UTC)
No, I already go through enough tampons from using minis sometimes when I need regulars. I usually just do the reach-around and hold the string out of the way and then sometimes have to push the tampon up a little bit if my muscles pushed it down.
tenna 13th-Jun-2008 03:54 am (UTC)
I don't change it every time I pee. It doesn't bother me.
queensugar 13th-Jun-2008 04:18 am (UTC)
It used to kind of bug me -- it's not really unhygienic, but it does feel kinda gross psychologically -- but nowadays I just tuck the string a bit into my vagina when I'm urinating, and no urine gets on the string, so there's no need to change it.
missjecka 13th-Jun-2008 04:19 am (UTC)
I don't change my tampon every time I pee. That would be far too often for me since I started increasing my water intake!

Plus, it won't expand... the tampon is in you, not on the outside where your pee would hit it!
sonarafaey 13th-Jun-2008 04:56 am (UTC)
I tend to pee frequently during the day, so changing my tampon every time would be uncomfortable. I always pull the string out of the way. Sometimes it gets a little urine on it (and sometimes on my hand), but it's not a big deal to me. Urine is sterile, and I always wash my hands after using the bathroom.
frolicnaked 13th-Jun-2008 04:58 am (UTC)
I'm reading all of these responses, and I have quite a different reaction. When I used tampons, every time I had to pee, the tampon was saturated anyway (and sometimes leaking). There were times when I had to change my tampon without peeing -- but never the other way around! ;)
freshgroundfemm 13th-Jun-2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
Me too! (except at the end of my period, which was long)
shewomannadya 13th-Jun-2008 05:26 am (UTC)
I leave it in unless I accidentally get a lot of pee on it. I have to either hold the string out of the way and/or block the entrance to my vagina with my finger. I think my vagina just isn't all that deep, or the angle of it makes it get in the way of my pee stream...or it's the pee stream. I don't know.
bubblytoes28 13th-Jun-2008 12:42 pm (UTC)
I knew a girl in college who thought she HAD to because she was under the impression that you pee and menstruate from the same place.
blotted_inx 13th-Jun-2008 11:43 pm (UTC)
There are just no words.
pididdle 13th-Jun-2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
I don't do anything with the tampon (tucking or taking out). If the string gets a little wet I dab it with toilet paper and it dries fairly quickly, certainly not wet enough to feel like it go through my underpants and I hardly even feel anything damp.
jenn_possible 13th-Jun-2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
I pee every five seconds, so if I changed my tampon every time, I would have no skin left in my vagina.
torturedsoul14 13th-Jun-2008 10:22 pm (UTC)
I dont use tampons but if I did I would have to change after I urinated. I mean I do have a bit of a thing for hygiene so it would freak me out if I did. Plus I'm scared to hell of TSS (such reason I dont use tampons).
Don't worry about it, what you do is what you do.
whitelime 14th-Jun-2008 12:20 am (UTC)
Last time I read a thread about this, someone said "I don't change my labia every time I pee," which made me giggle. When I used tampons and forgot to hold the string out of the way, I would have to change it because the dampness bothered me. I would probably change my labia if I could. One of my favorite things about having a menstrual cup is no more peeing on the string.
rose2006 14th-Jun-2008 01:47 am (UTC)
i don't think it matters...i don't change mine every time because i pee every hour or 2.
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