9:54 pm - 07/24/2011

I know I'm going to sound like a 13 year old but...

 I think I may have "lost" (I know you can't technically lose it, but you know what I mean) a tampon inside of me. I KNOW I put one in, because the applicator was in the trash. I went to the bathroom to take it out, and there wasn't a string.

I remembered hearing that you can just put your fingers inside of you and feel for it as far as you can. So I did. I felt way way way up, swirled my finger around, and found nothing.

I really don't think I'm losing my mind at age 21, but who knows? Maybe it fell out? No way. But now I'm pretty nervous that it's up there and I just can't feel it. But really, where could it go?

And if you think I should go to the doctor, which kind of doc should I go see? Do I need to go see my gynecologist? Or would a family practice doctor do?

If my mom was around I'd seriously have her help, but I wasn't about to talk to my dad about this. Help girls! I feel so crazy right now!
onevoiceinside 25th-Jul-2011 03:12 am (UTC)
i'm 99% sure you'd be able to feel a tampon inside of you. it can't go up that far without you noticing it. is it possible the applicator is old or you took it out somewhere else and just forgot that you took it out?
nickelshoe 25th-Jul-2011 03:25 am (UTC)
Don't freak out too much. It's not an emergency--the tampon can't really go anywhere. If you haven't tried yet, try squatting and different positions when you feel around, since that will change the length and shape of your vagina. You might also try bearing down or even pooping to try to squeeze it out.
zabox 25th-Jul-2011 03:26 am (UTC)
I second the first comment. Contrary to "popular belief", your vagina isn't just a "huge hole", or something. You'd be able to feel it if you stuck your finger up there. I also don't think it would just fall out without notice. So I'm betting that you just don't recall not putting another in or taking this one out in the first place. (Sometimes routine things are easily forgotten, you're not crazy.)
knittinggoddess 25th-Jul-2011 03:27 am (UTC)
I once thought I lost a contact in my eye. At 24. After a good decade of using contacts. The health center (in college) treated me seriously, and we searched my clothing as well as my eye. Since we never found it, we decided that I probably indeed dropped it down the sink, and the reason why my eye *felt* like there was something in there was because we had been poking at it for so long.

But as for your tampon...have you honestly touched the end of your vagina? As in, felt the cervix and then past that? It's not terribly evident in this picture, but there is space "behind" the cervix. During different parts of your cycle, the pocket may be more evident. In any case, if you're not feeling all the way back there, you're leaving space unsearched. The string could be tucked up so that it's not hanging below the tampon, and the tampon itself can be wet enough that it sorta feels like vaginal walls.

Or, is it possible that you took it out earlier and just forgot?
emmalou290 25th-Jul-2011 03:33 am (UTC)
I REALLY checked up there.. but you never know.

I'll go check again..... haha
knittinggoddess 25th-Jul-2011 04:02 am (UTC)
Adding some lube (or coconut oil, or pure aloe) can make things easier. If you're kind of dried out from using tampons, you may think that you've reached the end when in fact your vaginal walls just aren't parting easily.
knittinggoddess 25th-Jul-2011 04:04 am (UTC)
All that said, I agree with the others that the tampon really can't go anywhere, and if it's in there, you should be able to feel it. But since you don't remember removing it, you might as well cover all your bases and make sure that your vagina hasn't just lengthened so much that a tampon can fit beyond the reach of your finger.
halfadayaway 25th-Jul-2011 05:34 am (UTC)

This totally happened to me last week!! Highly recommend the lube & squatting position... And some patience. Good luck!

hadespuppy 25th-Jul-2011 06:28 am (UTC)
Check out this video. It has great advice on finding lost tampons.
archangelbeth 25th-Jul-2011 01:36 pm (UTC)
*nods to knittinggoddess* That space behind the cervix is always where my contraceptive sponges go to hang out, when I use them.

And -- TMI but potentially an issue if the tampon went AWOL up there -- if there's any large lumps of stool in the colon, "on the runway," so to speak... They can hide stuff behind them.

It's also possible that if there was a tougher "number two" sometime in there, the tampon came out at the same time? (Because not pushing the sponge out into the toilet, that time, was . . . a very tricky bit of Zen Pooping. Er. Sorry about the TMI!)
teh_riaz 26th-Jul-2011 02:28 am (UTC)
ZEN POOPING. thank you so much for this term. LOLOL.
archangelbeth 26th-Jul-2011 01:57 pm (UTC)
*sweeps a bow* You are quite welcome!
naked_beauty_21 25th-Jul-2011 02:31 pm (UTC)
If you can't find it or can't feel it but you think you left it in there, I really think you should go to the doctor to get checked. My family practice doctor does pelvic exams/pap smears so I'm sure you could go to them to get it removed. You probably want to do it sooner rather than later, to decrease your risk for TSS.
emmalou290 25th-Jul-2011 05:22 pm (UTC)
Okay I've been squatting and pushing and searching and can't find it. I felt allllllllll the way back there. Hmph!
d_n_me94 25th-Jul-2011 07:21 pm (UTC)
I've had times where my flow was heavy enough that the tampon just slid on out without my knowledge and then I have a moment of panic when I try to pull out the string.

Is this a possibility?
mightyj 25th-Jul-2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
Because I've heard about women forgetting tampons or double tamponing, I asked by gynecologist what symptoms I could expect if I did this. She told me the first indication would be the smell.

It sounds like you either took it out and forgot or it came out on its own and you didn't notice (late in my period I have a hard time keeping them in).
eavanmoore 25th-Jul-2011 11:24 pm (UTC)
I've double-tamponed, and my first indication was that the most recent tampon didn't seem sufficiently saturated.
gryphonwing 26th-Jul-2011 04:12 am (UTC)
My vagina is long enough that I can't reach the end - so yeah, stuff *could* wander back there. I used to use OB tampons, which got wider rather than longer when they got saturated, which made losing them a bit easier - but never had a problem, thankfully. If you squat and bear down, there's a pretty good chance anything hanging out in your vag will move down.

Any chance you took it out unthinkingly? :) Or it fell out?
jeesh 26th-Jul-2011 04:21 am (UTC)
I'm gunna vote it fell out and you didn't even notice.

This would happen to my ex-roommate all the time. I'd go in to go to the BR and there'd be a tampon chillin in the toilet bowl. Mostly when she was drunk, LOL.
(And her rude ass tried to blame me when the toilet got to clogged it started leaking into the kitchen below. HAH!)

Hopefully you figured it out by now!
pixietangerine 26th-Jul-2011 05:29 am (UTC)
Can you touch your cervix? If you can feel that high, and you can't feel a tampon, it's highly unlikely it's there...If you can't reach your cervix then I guess it's more of a possibility...It's actually really easy for tampons to fall out during pushing from a bowel movement, so it's not that unlikely that it fell out without you noticing. You might try sitting on the toilet and giving a few good pushes like you're pooping (or actually pooping, whichever) every so often and if there's anything in there it'll work its way lower and you should be able to either push it out or push it low enough to feel it. If you don't find anything, I'd just check frequently for any bad smell (it'd be an unpleasant, old blood smell and/or fishy BV kind of smell, probably). If it is in there, an odor will develop and let you know, and then head to the doctor. I imagine your regular doctor could take care of it pretty easily, no need for a gyn, just whatever's convenient for you. A clinic like Planned Parenthood would work well, too.
sydneyjs12 26th-Jul-2011 08:10 am (UTC)
If you've wracked your brain and can't remember taking it out and can't find it, then go to a walk-in clinic or try to get a same-day/next day appointment at your doctor's office. Explain the situation over the phone and they might be able to squeeze you in. It really isn't an emergency, and you'll just be in for a long wait at the ER. If you can't get into your doctor or a clinic, then you can try the ER.
summermoonpaint 26th-Jul-2011 04:50 pm (UTC)
Anecdotally: A few months ago, I thought i lost a tampon inside of me. I dug around for quite a bit and couldn't find it at all. I talked to my BF later and he laughed - I apparently took it out before I went to bed and didn't remember.
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