10:35 am - 02/16/2009

Pee in the Tampon

I have always been a tampon user, with no trouble. But I've noticed the last few times I've had my period, that the tampon is filling with pee. Eww! That Can't be good for my parts. I'm using Tampax. Has anyone else had this happen? Why is it happening? Do you know how to prevent such a thing? It's really smelly too, because I'm carry old pee around in me for hours. I assume this happens as I go to the bathroom. Unless I'm peeing myself and I don't know I am. What should I do?
slinksgirl 16th-Feb-2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
What makes you think that it is filling with urine? Is it the odor?
superrose 16th-Feb-2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's definitely smells like pee. Even my husband remarked last night that the bathroom smelled bad, like urine. That's how strong this is. Also, it's full, but not with blood (I know now because I'm toward the end of my period). So I have the slight end of period blood on there, and the rest is what I assume is urine.
slinksgirl 16th-Feb-2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. Since your urethra empties outside of the vagina, I think it's pretty unlikely that your tampon is absorbing urine, unless it is being worn far too low and the urine is crossing over the base of the tampon as you empty your bladder and absorbing it. Is it definitely the tampon that smells strongly of urine or is it possible that your urine just smells stronger right now? Like, have you removed your tampon and noticed the odor at a time when you did not urinate?
superrose 16th-Feb-2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
Yes. It's very strong... with or without me relieving myself at time of tampon removal. I'm wearing a pad right now so that I don't have to deal with it, but I guess the most likely explanation is that I'm suddenly wearing it too low.

I recently had twins via c-section, and it kind of hurts now when I insert, so my best guess, based on all these wonderful responses is that in order to avoid any pain or discomfort, I've perhaps not been inserting it all the way.

But it doesn't feel like it's sticking out at all. That I would feel and know about... So I'm still not sure.

It is possible that my urine smells stronger as well. I've never had it smell so strongly in my life.
slinksgirl 16th-Feb-2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
I really think you should see your OBGYN. It's not entirely impossible that you are leaking urine through your vagina, but it's not exactly normal either. Plus, if you add in that your urine might be smelling stronger than normal? You need to get that looked at to eliminate any physiological causes for what you are experiencing.
superrose 16th-Feb-2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
Another commenter here mentioned ammonia smell... and that's what it smells like (I, of course, associate that with a strong smell of urine) and as I told her... I did self diagnose myself with a slight yeast infection a few days before I got my period.

Could it be yeast related?

(I will also call my OBGYN. No harm in calling and asking.)
slinksgirl 16th-Feb-2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
I would imagine that it could be a definite possibility.

I will say that there are times when I empty my cup that there is sometimes a bit of liquid that isn't menstrual blood in my cup. Like, there is a layer of menstrual blood, but there is another layer of watery liquid that is less thick than menstrual blood. I've never attributed that to any sort of problem, but I've also never noticed an odor. So, maybe its a combination of YI-caused odor and that liquid?

I would think that if you just had a c-section, your OBGYN will want to see you to ensure that you are healing properly.
superrose 16th-Feb-2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
Oh no. I'm all healed. The babies are six months old now. But I've just just gotten my period back, and so it's still all weird in there for me.

Thank you for your help!
Sophia n Michael Baugher Tampon filling w it one at night 11th-Sep-2015 05:48 pm (UTC)
This makes sense. The same thing happens to me at night. I put in a clean tampon before bed and am awakened because I feel leaking from my tampon that isn't blood. It's clear and slightly smells like it urine but it soaks my tampon. I haven't had a child in 18yrs and I do kegels at least 5 days a week. I'm wondering if it's natural moisture or discharge that's causing this?
limey_flavored 16th-Feb-2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
Sometimes I pee on the string... which is so awkward and gross. Maybe that's whats happening? I've taken to cutting the string real short.
exsplusohs 16th-Feb-2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah, this happens to me too. I think if the string gets wet, some travels up it and soaks into the bottom. I just try to change mine every time I go, which usually isn't a problem, unless it's a coffee-drinking morning. ;)
six58 17th-Feb-2009 12:09 am (UTC)
i second this.
it never happened to me when i was younger...but i dont know if its the way they're making tampons now or if im just a crazy pisser...but pee seems to get on the string and then absorb and travel up the tampon.
its really annoying. i found the only way to stop it is to change tampons after peeing. ...which is super inconvenient if you're a frequent pee-er. :(
evel_lin 16th-Feb-2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
How is it filling with pee? Your urethra is a different opening to your vagina
superrose 16th-Feb-2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
I know that. I don't know how. That's why I posted here. My best assumption is that it's somehow getting on the string, and then soaking upwards? But that makes no sense, b/c 1) it's never happened to me before, and 2) there is no way enough urine to soak an entire tampon is getting on the string...

I'm completely confused.
evel_lin 16th-Feb-2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
okee dokee :-)

erm, would it help if you used a lower absorbancy tampon? That way it would be full of menstrual blood rather than trying to absorb urine. Strange though :-S
dondage_bonky 16th-Feb-2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
Are you maybe wearing it too low down so when you pee it's dripping onto the base and soaking up?
temptationwins 16th-Feb-2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
superrose 16th-Feb-2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
Really? Because that's the smell. It's ammonia. And I self-diagnosed myself with a yeast infection a few days before I got my period (which was last Wednesday.)

Could it be the yeast infection?
paraxeni 16th-Feb-2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
When I had periods my tampons would be soaked with clear, smelly fluid but it wasn't pee. Think of the tampon as being like a coffee filter. The thick, sludgy stuff stays at the top and the liquid in your menses separates out and because it's more runny it goes further down the tampon, sometimes even dripping out and down the string as you move around.

Tampon strings are usually designed to not wick other liquids up. This was a major flaw of older tampons that were wrapped in gauze or cotton, the wicking led to infection. If you're peeing on your string it will obviously get wet and stay wet, but it shouldn't draw it up into the body of the tampon.

Edited at 2009-02-16 04:28 pm (UTC)
dial_zero 17th-Feb-2009 12:38 am (UTC)
Just wanted to say this is good info!
stalactites 16th-Feb-2009 04:38 pm (UTC)
try tucking the string inside before you pee and see if that helps.
boatbabe 16th-Feb-2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
If it's hanging to low, especially with that extra paper on the end of the new Tampax ones, it will grab pee when you go to the bathroom. Push it in farther but then again even if you did, the tampon could work down when you go to pee.
Also, go ahead and change tampons everytime you pee or pull it out beforehand then after pop a new one in after to prevent it.
superrose 16th-Feb-2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's good advice too. I know this sounds absolutely ridiculous, but I was trying to save a bit of money by not running through a bunch of tampons a day. They're not expensive, but they're not cheap either... and my family, like the rest of the nation, is a bit down on its luck right now.

Still... much better to run through tampons and be clean, than the alternative!
boatbabe 16th-Feb-2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
I grumble at the price almost everytime I buy them. They've got us, it's an item we can't do without so we have to pay. :(
1girl 16th-Feb-2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
You should look into reusable menstrual cups then. :)

scarletwildfire 16th-Feb-2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
ya beat me to it. :P
whatwe_know 16th-Feb-2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
there are actually lots of cheaper alternative. :) especially if you can sew.
haptotrope 17th-Feb-2009 01:46 am (UTC)
you can also change the angle of your hips to redirect the pee to not drip or dribble and thusly get soaked up.
missjebbit 17th-Feb-2009 05:10 am (UTC)
As far as not peeing on the string, i tend to grab the string before i pee and tuck it between my leg and the toilet seat off the side. It works wonders, you have a pee-free string and you don't have to sit there and try to hold it out of the way with your hands.
cassiemarie46 I've got the solution! lol2nd-Jul-2009 02:25 am (UTC)
yes it is definitely PEE... because when you take it out after you've already peed it looks yellow at the top or w/e and it smells like old pee, but if you take it out after you haven't peed its still white and it doesn't smell... but ive came up with my own way to fix/lessen this problem... whenever i go pee i hold the string up with my hand and recently like (this is weird but it works) i bend over like im trying to look at my feet and that causes the pee to fall without the pee sliding into that hole where the tampons at. so when i do that i don't get pee in the string, and i don't get pee soaked into my tampon! lol, it really works!
ferrarireign Re: I've got the solution! lol24th-Aug-2009 03:01 am (UTC)
I think you're onto something. This is what I just posted some place else.

Hi ladies, I have been having this issue too. First of all, after looking everywhere online the first thing people say is that urine doesn't come from your vagina. I think most women know that. That said, I have been finding my tampons totally soaked with urine if I do not change them.

I'm in my 40's and have had this problem for about 6 months now. So this is something totally new for me. I have looked online to help resolve this issue. I am still not 100% sure why it happens, but, I think I have some clue why after all these years I have an issue.

At first I was thinking my tampons were not inserted properly. So, I took extreme special care to make certain they were all the way in as far as I could get them. In the past I have had that issue from time to time while rushing in public bathrooms. But I know for sure this is not the case now.

For me, I think the issue is caused by my weight. I have gained weight over the past few years and I notice that recently I do not sit on the toilet the same way I used to. It's really hard to describe, but since my ass, my thighs, and everything else that area is a lot larger. I notice that when I pee, it streams downward on me not away from me like it used to. I now believe for me that this downward flow of urine goes right into the vaginal opening where it is absorbed by the tampon. Aside from changing every single time I can not find a way to avoid this issue.

Now for women who are not substantially overweight this issue might happen some other way. But it's not far off to guess that even if the uretha is located a bit above the vaginal opening, if the urine runs downward I am certain it could and would be absorbed by your tampon.

If you have this problem I would try making sure the tampon is in far enough, and maybe trying different brands. If none of those things helps, your best bet is to always change them every time you urinate.

Needless to say, I am pretty unhappy with this since I go to the bathroom frequently. What can I do? I would like to know if any other women have had this issue after gaining weight.

daynab123 5th-Sep-2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
I don't know if this helps, but I never had this problem until after I had my baby 10 months ago. I didn't start my period until 7 months after giving birth and each of the 3 times I've had my period this has happened.
ext_272082 1st-Oct-2010 03:04 am (UTC)
Hi Ladies,
I am 25 now and I have always had this problem. According to a few gynecologists, the reason isn't in the way the tampon is inserted ( at least in my case ). Some women are born with their urethra and vaginal opening really close together. So if the majority of women don't have to change their tampons when they pee, there is those very few ladies out there, such as myself, who actually do have to worry about pee soaked tampons, no matter how we insert them.
I can imagine that childbirth could possibly play some role as well, since the vaginal opening expands. So combined with the way you sit on the toilet it equals a pee soaked tampon.
And just a few words to the lady who posted the original question: I really don't think that wearing one of those pee tampons for an extended period of time is a good idea!! In fact, not changing them right away could have some scary consequences and could lead up to a variety of problems . It is absolutely essential that you do change them right away, or it is even better to just pull it out before you pee, so the pee does not travel up there at all.
Hope that helps ladies:)
closeto50 Same problem12th-May-2011 03:28 am (UTC)
I would say that for about a few years now I have started to have this problem. I am wondering if it is age related. I am going to ask my Dr. this summer. Thanks for taking the chance and writing about this everyone! I don't feel so alone.
michki urine leaking with tampon use22nd-May-2011 03:28 am (UTC)
I am 43 and never had children. I have been using tampons since i was 16 and have had this problem for about a year now. I put the tampon in as deep as i can and even pull the string up when i pee and wipe it off when I am done to be sure it is not saturated......I find that I notice the pee smell when I go to the bathroom after a few hours and find that my pantie pad is wet and smells like pee. like the string is wicking out my pee and depositing on the pad. If i am not wearing a tampon i have never had wet spots in my panties, so i know i am not leaking without the tampon. and like i said this just started happening this past year. it yucky!
theCATEGGS me too31st-Jan-2012 12:33 am (UTC)
I have this problem too. definitely not traveling up the string.
I had a baby 11 months ago this is my second period.
in the morning i have to rush to the toilet because this smelly old pee is leaking out of my tampon - but not blood! its so weird. never had this before. thanks for all the posts though. nice to know i'm not the only one.
lg09 Re: me too21st-Feb-2012 12:47 pm (UTC)
I have the same problem. It is so unpleasant but also worries me! I'm wondering if it has anything to do with inflammation...? I'm 25, not pregnant, with no dramatic physical changes having occurred lately; in the past this has happened sporadically but suddenly it's happening during my entire period. Did anyone hear back from their OBGYN? thanks ladies, very comforted to know I'm not alone on this one!!
Eliesabeth Fogg Happening to me as well...5th-Mar-2012 05:30 am (UTC)
I have to agree with the poster Ferrarireign in that weight must play a part in this because I have gained a fair bit of weight in the last little bit and that's when this issue seemed to start. It's not always in my tampon only sometimes which leads me to believe that is must happen right after I go to the washroom. I guess the only solution would be to change your tampon right after going to the washroom. I have had a BV infection so I know what that would smell like. It smells like ammonia and very strong so I know it's not that. Guess I'm going to be using ALOT more tampons lol.
Amy Todd 8th-Aug-2012 08:04 pm (UTC)
i've had the same thing happen my last two periods. I use pearl. It happens with both light and regular. I know its not from pee traveling up the strong because it happens worse at night than any other time, even when I haven't gotten up to pee yet. The only thing I can think of is there is a weird connection of tissues through the vaginal wall and the urethra. Girls that "squirt" during sex/orgasm are actually releasing a mix of urine and other fluids from their vagina. weird I know. Its something to do with a specific spongy spot inside the vagina. Now i'm not sure if this is causing the problem, though i can say its not from "strong" pee, because I pee quite often and its always very clear and rarely smells. If your doctor gives you an answer/gave you an answer, i'd be interested in what he/she said.
Jeanette Barnes Smith pee on tampon27th-Jan-2013 03:31 am (UTC)
i also have been suffering with this for about 3 years now (in silence) i am pleased i am not alone, all i can tell you for now are my symptoms but i am going to see G.P soon and will post outcome.... i am 40 yrs old and i have pee on my tampon, i know this for a fact as i have inserted a tampon when i was due to come on (not recommended i know) and had a urine infection at this time, with blood in my urine, and this was absorbed into the tampon, this happened even if i removed the tampon without urinating, so that rules out most explanations, i had my last child 15yrs ago and they were all born by C-section, the only thing i think must be connected is (as well as i can remember) i started having pain during intercourse usually on insertion, and i would bleed after, (dryness not a problem) and would sometimes cause this urine infection (hence lack of, my poor hubby...bless) which leads me to believe there must be some kind of connection. hope this is of help to someone and if anyone else has answers would love to hear x
marysue007 30th-Jun-2013 05:24 pm (UTC)
This has been happening to me the last 4 months. Had no idea why because I've been doing nothing different. I do not have a weight issue. Then coincidentally I had my yearly physical and was told I had a bladder infection. Looking back the pee tampon thing happened at the same time I was experiencing the "general uncomfortable" feeling that the infection was causing. I have treated the infection but have yet to get my next period. I'm pretty confident there won't be any pee.

I went to a health supplement store and treated my infection with UTI Cleanse by AOR. It can be used as a treatment or preventative so it is gentle. Disclaimer; I'm not suggesting anyone do this, I'm just saying, this is what I did.
mary_davis 1st-Jul-2013 07:12 am (UTC)
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