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?
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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.
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. ;)
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.
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)
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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. :)

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.
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