Tampons are made of absorbent material that is inserted in the vagina to absorb menstrual blood. A cotton string is attached to one end so you can pull the tampon out after use. However, if the tampon string is missing, typically because it is lost in your vagina and less likely to have fallen off, you can still get the tampon out of your vagina. Do not be afraid that the tampon has floated up into any other organ as this is impossible; it will remain in your vagina until you remove it.
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Wash your hands thoroughly with hot, soapy water and dry them. Trim your nails if you have long nails to prevent you from scratching your vaginal walls.
Pull your underwear and trousers down and sit on the toilet. Use a mirror to look at your vagina to see if you can see the string stuck on your skin or towards your anus. Continue with the next step if you do not find the string.
Spread your knees as if you were preparing to insert a tampon. Push with your pelvic muscles as if you were having a bowel movement to try and force the tampon down through your vaginal canal. Continue pushing for a few minutes, and then feel into your vaginal opening to see if you can feel the tampon. Move to the next step if you cannot find the tampon.
Insert your forefinger into your vagina and sweep across your vagina space to see if you can find the tampon floating around. Feel around the base of your cervix, which is shaped like the ball, and feel in between the space where the cervix and vagina join; the cervix opening is a tiny hole and it would be impossible for the tampon to get absorbed into this organ.
Insert your middle finger as well as the forefinger into your vagina if you feel the tampon and use your two fingers to grab it for removal.
Call the local planned-parenthood clinic or gynecologist and make an appointment for a medical professional to remove the tampon if you cannot find it on your own. Visit the nearest emergency room if you cannot get an appointment within one to two days for someone to remove the tampon for you.
Tips and warnings
- This is a common situation for women, so do not feel embarrassed or ashamed to contact a medical professional for help if necessary.
- It is critical that you remove a tampon approximately four to six hours after insertion to prevent infection or Toxic Shock Syndrome, which can be fatal.
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