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Another Lost Tampon Story

January 26, 2008

ER Stories notes that most of the time, when women come in to the emergency department thinking they have a lost tampon stuck in their vagina, they’ve actually just forgotten that they removed it.

Seriously, though, a vagina is not like a rectum. There is only so far those suckers can go. I assure you, you can probably remove it yourself without troubling your local overloaded emergency department. Just don’t try anything crazy, like kitchen tongs or plungers.

Added: for people getting here through a search, please see the follow-up post, The (Awesome) Lost Tampon Instructional Video from Doc Gurley, for instructional videos from a female doc on dealing with “lost” tampons.

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  1. January 26, 2008 3:39 pm

    Once in high school I went to remove my tampon only to find ANOTHER one in there. I had not replaced the other one, just added to it! These were those teeny junior tampons that are very small, but in my high school mind I was MORTIFIED.

  2. February 4, 2008 2:53 pm

    a few weeks ago i had horrific moment of clarity in which i ‘remembered’ i had not taken my tampax out! i swished around for a bit but couldnt find it. in the end i assumed i removed if but had forgotten but a few dat later i had the most foul smelling discharge. the two were not contected in my mind beacause you sometimes get this after a period. then i had sex and had the most horrific stabbibg pains in my abdomen. again after your period your prettys sensitive so t thought my bf was just performig really well. lol
    this was like three weeks ago and i still have pain in my (period cramp area) but i dont wanna waste the docs time.
    what to do……

    • Jayne permalink
      March 20, 2009 7:29 pm

      I am getting the same sort of thing. I have left a tampon in before once years ago and was getting a brown gooey discharge and a terrible odor. I went to take a tampon out the other night and it was not there. I could have sworn I put one it but i checked and checked again and it was gone without a trace. I am spotting with that same odor now. Its red and dark brown and smells a bit like baby feces

      • February 29, 2012 1:07 pm

        you have one stuck in there then….I had the same thing and went to a doctor first doctor didnt find anything. The ordor and bleeding got worse so I went to the ER by this time it was four weeks later. And yes there was a lost tampon there along with having toxic shock systoms. So go get checked out before it gets worse.

    • reide permalink
      March 30, 2009 7:53 pm

      GO TO THE DOCTOR. I had this happen to me a few years ago. The tampon had been in me for a week before I realized something was wrong, (foul odor and discharge) and got a last minute doctor appointment. She said if I’d waited any longer, the infection could have spread to my ovaries and I’d have had to go to the emergency room.

      You can contract toxic shock syndrome which can be fatal, or cause in fertility. You are not wasting the doctor’s time!

    • April 9, 2009 4:14 pm

      Boy it seems anyone using tampons this happen to and we all have our stories. we have different stories with the same symthomes. We were all relieved when we found that problem. It makes you never want to use a tampon again! Thanks to this website I found my tampon I and a thousand more women did Thanks for all of your stories. You saved my life.

    • Courtney permalink
      April 27, 2009 4:49 pm


      This has happened to me twice in the last 6 years. Both times, It didn’t occur to me it might be a stuck tampon. This last time I went to the doctor and mentioned the “what if” scenario of leaving a tampon inside. SHe did a pelvic exam and found nothing. So sick with the foul odor I decided to take a bath and after 30 minutes of soaking, I took a shower. Surpise Surprise Surprise, as I’m cleaning myself, I could feel it.

      If you think you have a stuck tampon, a bath may dislodge it and bring it down far enough for you to “push” it out then grab the disgusting thing and throw it in the toilet.

      I still suggest calling your doctor as you can get an infection. But if you want to skip the embarrassment of a doctor yanking it out, this may work for you also.

      • Krystal permalink
        September 2, 2012 6:57 pm

        I did the bath and that really worked, thanks for the advice.

    • jen permalink
      July 16, 2009 3:27 pm

      monistat 7 cream helps the tampon slip right on out.

    • krys permalink
      February 13, 2010 10:07 pm

      is the foul smelling discharge the only clue? because 2 months ago i was pretty sure i “lost” one but nothing has happened, no pains during sex, no bad discharge, but my period has stopped and i’m not pregnant, so i thought maybe the tampon was absorbing everything from the inside. am i just crazy and didn’t have one in, or took it out and don’t remember?

      • Jasmin permalink
        February 25, 2012 12:09 am

        I thought I had lost my tampon over two months ago. I missed two periods so I took a test and it said “not pregnent” so I bought monostat 1 day treatment three days ago because I thought it might be an infection….low an behold two periods missed, bad discharge, stomach pains during sex later I was on the toilet and I just felt something slimy slip out, I looked in and there it was.
        I missed my period for two months bloated to a point that i really thought i need a blood test and went through 3 or 4 pregnency tests, don’t waste your money see a doc or get monostat and see if it slips out.

      • Venice permalink
        April 25, 2012 11:43 am

        This may sound strange but it seems that I ” lost” a tampon last night and the night before. Yesterday morning I woke up, went to the bathroom to find out that I don’t have a tampon in. I traced my steps from the evening before and winded up thinking that I must have taken it out but don’t remember. Then this morning…same thing. This is where I will add that I also feel like I have been visited or abducted. This isn’t the first time that I felt this or had a suspicion but the missing tampon thing is new to me. I was wondering if anyone else has had these two experiences simultaneously? I am very creeped out. Thank you in advance.

    • sharon permalink
      April 27, 2010 2:53 am

      all i know is i am glad i found this site!! after reading all your posts trying to find out what this brown gooey,liquid, very foul smelling discharge is (have had it for last 4 days…) i decided to check and see if i had indeed left a tampon “up there”. i went to the rr and said “here goes” totally grossed out by reaching up in that stuff, ewww, but..sure enough, there was a tampon! smooshed way up, almost behind my cervix! pulled it out and DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEscusting! so gross. can’t believe i did that. started last sat. so figure it was left for last five days…or worse, i put two in and it stayed for my entire period! annnnnway, thanks so much for the info..i’m just wondering now if I still need to see the doc to be tested for infection? or will this smell just go away now???

      • Kirsten Vernon permalink
        September 9, 2011 9:06 pm

        I just pulled out a tampon that had been inside me for 3 weeks! When I was finishing my period last month i guess i forgot i had a tampon in because the string got stuck inside. Bad thing is that I had sex about a week afterwards and could not feel any pain during intercourse, i guess the tampon somehow got stuck up behind my cervix but my boyfriend and I could smell a bad odour. When he pulled out, he was covered with this dark blood that smelled SO BAD! I thought maybe there was some dried up blood stuck up there from when we had sex during my period the week before. That is when I started spotting this brownish red blood that had that terrible smell so i finally went to see a doctor. He scheduled me in for an ultra sound test for my pelvic area, abdomen and internal to see if it was maybe a polyp or cyst. My results came back: Ruptured ovarian cyst. The bleeding still was an issue but i never once felt pain in my stomach or abdomen. I had a shower tonight and felt something inside and was scared that my cervix had fallen out LOL. I pull out this very NASTY tampon with a bit of blood and gross gunk with that foul smell but 1000% worse. I cleaned myself out very thoroughly with vagisil wash cloths and think i got out the remaining gunk left over from the tampon. I am so relieved now.

        If you ever experience any of my symptoms, please go to a doctor and ask them to check for a tampon that might be stuck inside or ask for tests to be done to see what is going on with your vagina.

        I am very thankful that I did not get sick or experience any pains.

      • Caity permalink
        September 29, 2011 1:24 am

        I had one inside of me for about a month since my last period…I guess I just forgot about it because the string got stuck up inside, and I had sex a few days after my period, which must have pushed it farther up. At first I didn’t notice a difference, but about a week later, I had sex again, and my boyfriend noticed a disgusting foul odor. He referred to it as a “rotting” smell, and for the past few weeks I’ve been so worried that something was wrong with me. I got my period a few days ago, and the smell was still there, so I looked up online why it would smell so strange when it never has before. I read on one site that dehydration can cause an odor, so I’ve been drinking more water than usual. I also read that it can be from leaving a tampon in, but I checked a couple of weeks ago and couldn’t find anything. Today I am still on my period, and a few hours ago I took out a tampon, and noticed the smell was still there. I decided to check again, just for the hell of it, and I felt something lodged up next to my cervix. I pulled it out, and sure enough, it was a nasty old tampon reeking of the same “rotting” smell that my boyfriend and I had noticed when we had sex. The smell is mostly gone now, but I’m going to call in the morning to make an appoint to make sure there is no infection.

        If you ever notice a strange smell coming from that area, don’t be afraid to do a little feeling around, or have your boyfriend do it wearing rubber gloves if he has longer fingers and doesn’t want the smell on his hands…It will save you WEEKS or even MONTHS of worrying, or even worse, death.

      • Marie permalink
        March 13, 2012 9:46 pm

        I am kinda happy and freaked out that I found this website….I’m not sure if I lost my tampon up there or not. I KNEW today was my last day and I checked to the garbage to see if I had opened any new tampons and threw it out and I see nothing. Maybe I’m freaking out? I’m not sure if it is. I checked other websites and they said to just relax and it’ll soon fall out. But then I see these and I’m officially worried. I go to the gyno Tuesday for a pap smear maybe he can check? But I did try reaching up there myself and it’s strangely tight and theres like a bump. I’m scared.

      • Samantha permalink
        April 21, 2012 8:47 pm

        I recently had this happen! Buuuut… I hadn’t the slightest of what was going on. I had gotten really drunk one night, ran into my ex, he tried having sex with me and I said “Noooo I’m on my period!” But he coerced me, and we had sex. I couldn’t remember if I had taken it out, and me being too embarrassed to ask him, I didn’t. It had been a month… I had already slept with someone new [awesome guy I’m dating] Aaaaand I still didn’t know about the tampon. I went to the doctor for the discharge and she said I had an STI. So I took the meds and the discharge stopped! Woo! BUT then it started up again last week. Just yesterday though I was going to the bathroom… and it popped out… the missing tampon. I was totally mortified. So now I have to call my doctor and ask her what the heck I am supposed to do now…

        Talk about awful. :/

        But I’m glad this site is here!

    • May 8, 2010 11:18 am

      You have to see your doctor! You have to! If a tampon is left in for a prolonged period (haha period) of time the fibers can go into your blood stream and begin to slice your blood cells in half easily result in death if left unchecked!

      • Monika permalink
        February 12, 2012 7:43 pm

        Just stop using tampons if u forget to take them out!!!! thats just sick!!!

      • Thomas permalink
        February 20, 2012 5:55 am

        Sorry but I’ve never heard anything so stupid as tampon fibers slicing up cells in your bloodstream. it is the infection (which is the result of your white blood cells fighting these tampon remnants) that causes troubles. Whoever told you about fibers getting in your blood doesn’t know much about biology

      • Stanley permalink
        March 4, 2012 1:47 am

        Seriously! You can not really believe that the fibers enter the blood stream and slice the blood cells! I hope to God your kidding and know that that is seriously ridiculous!

      • Amanda permalink
        April 17, 2012 8:36 am

        Honey, you really need to ask your doctor and learn more about periods and tampons. Think about what you just wrote. How is a fiber from a tampon going to get inside your blood stream? Fibers are too large to be absorbed by a cell and there is no way they can just force themselves in. I really hope no one read your reply and thought it was the truth.

        If you accidentally leave in a tampon, you are looking at infection and, rarely, TSS. The air pockets in the tampon create a breeding ground for bacteria and the longer it is left in, the worse it can get. No risk of blood cells being sliced in half, ladies.

      • Sammi permalink
        June 19, 2012 2:50 pm

        This is the most ridiculous thing ever. Slice your cells in half? YOU should be ashamed for making this up.

      • Toni permalink
        October 3, 2012 11:38 pm

        She got bad information, REALLY bad information, but everyone has about something. There is seriously no reason to bash her over it! We are all women talking about something that’s not easy to talk about. Her bad information is not something that would hurt anyone, so just lay off. If we can’t talk about something that is hard to talk about without being ridiculed then nobody will want to talk about these experiences, then where do we go? Seriously you are the ones who should be ashamed!

    • May 13, 2010 6:34 pm


      • December 10, 2013 5:29 am

        Right on Toni, and very well said. I think you’re absolutely correct. Thanks for posting!

    • Beth permalink
      June 7, 2010 5:01 am

      I was having this happen to me as well, and I found that the plastic from an ob tampon was stuck in my vagina for a few weeks! I always take the plastic off, but it was just the cap of the plastic. It must have torn and I missed the rest of it. I was experiencing abdominal pain, and a bad rash/infection. I’m seeing my obgyn this week!! I like ob’s tampons, but they shouldn’t make the plastic clear and tint the plastic a different color.

      • mac donald permalink
        January 12, 2012 4:43 am

        how did you get the plastic out ?

    • ELO permalink
      June 16, 2010 11:07 am

      The same thing happened to me! I found the plastic from an ob tampon in me weeks after I had my period. should I go to the doctor?

    • Dolores permalink
      July 13, 2010 11:37 pm

      My suggestion is to flush your vuh-jay out really well in the shower with water. Trust me speaking from recent experience this helped. Problem was I didn’t know it was up there and did it mostly as a last resort. :/ thank goodness for last resorts. It took a little bit of time to get it out, but i kept at it cus it looked like the rest of my discharge was slacking off with the water flush. To my shock and embarrassment a tampon appeared. so If there is something up there flushing it out may help but if not I think a visit to the Doctor’s in in your future u don’t wanna get toxic shock either.

    • Tia permalink
      August 28, 2010 9:08 am

      ALWAYS GO TH E DOC. EVEN IF YOU GET THE TAMPON OUT B/C MOST OF THE TIME (95%) YOU CAN HAVE A YEAST INFECTION EVEN WORST BACTERIAL VAGINOSIS: the name of a condition in women where the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina is disrupted and replaced by an overgrowth of certain bacteria. It is sometimes accompanied by discharge, odor, pain, itching, or burning. NASTEEEE!

    • Uhoh permalink
      November 9, 2010 3:02 am

      Well i just found out i had one up there for like 5 months…ew! I just got it out because i was coughing a lot. But you might want to go to the doctor cuz if i didnt get a cold that thing could still be up there.

      • kelly permalink
        February 18, 2012 1:19 pm

        it was up there for 5 months? today i found out mine has been up there for 3 months (so ashamed of myself). did you get any infections or did you have to take any medications?.

    • bucky permalink
      January 2, 2011 4:52 pm

      my dear, the number one sign that someone has left a tampon inside,(which i have done and have mistaken and thought i did) is foul smelling discharge, like none other. the second would be pain during sex. it is true they can only go so far, but if you cant reach it and dont want to go to the er go to a womens clinic like “planned parenthood”~theyve seen it all and actually gave me the info i just passed on. also, you should def go due to the sex pushing it further, probably out of yer reach. its a pain, i know, to deal with the whole thing, but you wanna get that sucker out, believe me

    • JLau permalink
      March 7, 2011 11:58 am

      You described my situation exactly. I actually just got home from the doctors. She did a vaginal exam just to make sure I didn’t have a yeast infection or something due to the smell. Sure enough, a tampon was wedged into my cervix!! I asked how I could have had sex and not known but she said it is actually more common then you’d think. Definitely go check because if you had sex, it is probably up there too. If you don’t get it out you can run the risk of TSS.

    • alia permalink
      March 26, 2011 3:47 pm

      I had that exact same thing happen. it sounds gross but mine came out by itself one morning. it can only go so far up there, and then it has to stop because there is nowhere else to go. you can push it out or try to get it out with your hand. but you should go to a doctor because you could get vaginitis from the bacteria depending on how long it’s been up there. if you do get vaginitis, you need to get it taken care of because you’ll have a nasty smell and sex will hurt REALLY bad. it’s a bacterial infection so you can get meds for it, but you NEED to get it taken care of.

    • katie permalink
      August 12, 2011 11:02 am

      If you have foul smelling odor 90% it is in there, that happened to me and then it came out on its own one day while using the restroom. Go have it looked at.

    • vaunnette permalink
      September 10, 2012 10:58 am

      you could have gotten toxic shock and died. I had toxic shock!

  3. whoops permalink
    February 7, 2008 10:52 pm

    I went to the doctor today to figure out why I was having foul smelling discharge. Turns out I left behind a tampon at least a couple weeks ago. I was totally embarrassed, but surprised that I hadn’t known especially when my husband and I had sex at least a few times since my period! When the tampon came out, the room stunk so badly my doctor had to spray air freshener. My doctor said that TSS would be unlikely, that she hadn’t seen a case in years since they took super absorbency tampons off the market. But, how embarrassing!

    • vivivan permalink
      April 14, 2009 4:06 pm

      how did they pull it out of your body??

    • Ty Smith permalink
      June 22, 2009 12:50 am

      The same thing happened to me in 06 when i was pregnant. went to this new doctor for my first check up. i was 5 months pregnant, still getting a period. they did the normal check and behold a tampon still in me. i was wondering what the smell was about when i would go to the bathroom. the doctors office was lit up. i was so embarrassed. never had anything happen to me like that, and i always try to keep myself fresh. at least im not the only one, things happen. im cool now though!

    • leslie permalink
      November 24, 2009 6:46 am

      OMG I have always heard stories about this happening, and was always like, “no way, impossible you’ve got to be nasty and not bathe for that to happen” well boy was I wrong, I am a very clean person, and lately I had noticed I was smelling VERY foul down there, and I was like “what the hell”? I reached down there and nothing, although I didn’t remember taking it out, I didn’t see it or feel it so it completely slipped my mind. well the smell was getting so bad you could smell it through my pants, (embarrassing), well I went to the rr once again and for some reason thought I’d check once more, and sure enough, there was one. It had no string attached to it. Which really stumps me considering, I was having sex, and everything and it went completely unnoticed.

    • Tanya permalink
      February 11, 2010 10:15 am

      Hey ladies..i just wanted to let you all know, I had a cousin who was 16 at the time who died from TSS very rapidly got sick, going in and out of consciousness and unfortunately it took her life. TSS can be very serious and fatal. If symptoms don’t go away after losing a tampon, I would def seek medical attn. Also if your not sure wether you lost a tampon or not, in my opinion I would rather be safe than sorry. I would go to the Dr and express my concerns if my attemps to finding it myself was unsuccessful. If for nothing else but for a piece of mind. Knowing that my cousin lost her life to TSS I try to be extremly percautious. At one point I didn’t feel safe using tampons at all. But as all women kinow im sure, sitting in a pool of your own menstral blood all day feels extremly unsat.

      I also had an experience one time for myself, where i went to go take out a tampon to find I had in two tampons which fortunately did not get lost.

    • Shivers permalink
      April 26, 2010 7:35 pm

      OMG I accidentally left a tampon in for a week. I didn’t know why I was feel so really sick until I had horrible cramps, a fever and chills I was all sweaty and I was still cold, I was feeling nauseous and really, really tired. I think I would have died had it not been for the gross brown discharge. I told my Mom about it and she thought I had and STD so I decided to manually feel for any kind of abnormalities… Yeah that’s when I found the tampon. It had literally almost adhered to my cervix. My “area” still hurts a week later.

      • kitty permalink
        September 27, 2011 1:12 am

        yes, nauseous, tired, fever, chills sick and horrible cramps…. i had to call in sick at work and i got punished by loosing 3 days of work (waitress), only to have to tell my boss the actual “reason” despite my embarrassment. punishment was lifted and my shifts were returned but my boss belittled when i returned to work. 😦

      • Roberta Mckinney permalink
        May 4, 2012 11:29 am

        Ive been using tampons since my period first came on(7th grade) and I was constantly going to the motel room with my boyfriend and 1 week while we were there, he was inside me and was like something doesn’t feel right…. He told me to lay down and bare down and he stuck his fingers inside me, and lo and behold, he pulled out a tampon! Earlier that week I had went to the emergency room with a 102 degree fever and they took a urine sample and told me I had a Urinary Tract Infection! Go figure

      • vaunnette permalink
        September 10, 2012 11:04 am

        I hate tampons I call then toxic shock sticks .I almost died from them.

    • Redface permalink
      September 22, 2010 10:17 am

      Yeah, just had this happen to me today. I couldn’t figure out why, after my period, I was still cramping. Got an emer appt with my Gyn, and he pulled a tampon out!! I was sooooo embarrassed. The smell is humiliating enough. I want to drown myself. 😛

  4. You should be worried! permalink
    March 29, 2008 5:18 pm

    I had sex while on a period several times one night and on one occasion did not remember removing the tampon. I went to my GP who checked and comfirmed I must have as there was not one in me. I visited the Gu unit over the following 2 months. was treated for BV (not a sexually transmitted disease) expressed concerns that i felt my periods where more smelly and the bloody seemed different but still no tampon!! 8 months on and two days into a period I wake during the night feeling sickly, whilst in the toilet i wipe my self and in horror find a piece of tampon has been expelled. It stinks..! I rang the emergency doctor as its a saturday and they want to see me……….. will write the out come when i scared to death……..tampons can get lost.

    • Concern Chick permalink
      September 21, 2009 11:40 am

      Please tell me what happen after having a tampon in you for 8 months.

    • analbeads permalink
      February 5, 2010 7:23 pm

      what I’m actually really concerned about is…
      If you have sex while on your period but forget to take the tampon out…can the tampon get pregnant and make lil baby tampons inside me?

      • really97 permalink
        May 21, 2012 7:52 pm

        Yea didn’t u know that tampons reproduce…….did u really ask that no of course tampons cannot get pregnant

    • Mary Heelan permalink
      February 26, 2012 6:46 am

      I had a tampon stuck inside me and then the hospital doctors never found it and after the 5 examination they invited me to see a psychiatrist which I politely declined. That boyfriend had pushed it up so far it wasnt able to be taken out. But I knew it was there. In the weeks after that uncaring B at the time persisted in intercourse which I remember being ex painful. I have pain in that area ever since and it 4 years on. I went for a health check recently and had blood test they gave me vitamins. I not tell anyone cus they think I mad – I not mad and still in pain but jus put up with it.

      • Toni permalink
        October 3, 2012 11:52 pm

        Did you get it out?

      • Mary Heelan permalink
        October 5, 2012 2:22 pm

        No an I still alive after dec 23 2007

  5. March 30, 2008 11:11 am

    Unless your cervix was wide open in active labor or you have a fistula, I doubt it went anywhere.

  6. March 30, 2008 9:07 pm

    I can promise you, your tampon did not go anywhere. As a physician who has removed more than a few lost tampons, I can say that any doc that makes you feel embarrassed (like using the air freshener while you’re still in the room) or discusses the issue with implications of blame (as in saying something about not seeing “a case in years since they took super absorbency tampons off the market”) needs a big Wet Noodle Slap upside the head. Vaginas are not all alike, but many are full of folds and indents. “Losing” a tampon happens when one get truly forgotten, or when one gets tucked up into a fold (sometimes hard-to-reach, even with a light and speculum). When a tampon stays there for weeks, you body goes to work, doing its best to protect you–it coats the tampon with white blood cells (pus) and starts a heroic (heroine-ic?) effort to breakdown and budge this enormous object. The vagina’s soft mucosal cells that the tampon is flattened against get irritated and raw. Women tolerate this remarkably well–TSS is unheard-of in this setting, and once the tampon is removed, healing occurs quickly. The smell also tends to go away rapidly – it’s probably mostly the decayed blood in the tampon (however, a peanut up a kid’s nose also has that same hideous smell after a few days). A “lost” tampon tends to fall to pieces on removal. Self-care afterwards includes: 1) don’t douche–your body will flush whatever it needs to out and douching is not going to help your normal bacteria any; 2) consider helping your vagina’s normal germs re-populate by eating yogurt with live bacteria; and 3) use sanitary napkins for discharge/periods for the next few days. Obviously see your healthcare person right away for continuing discharge, fever or crampy pains. Also make sure the tampon issue doesn’t distract you or your provider from checking you out for other infections/STDs if it’s warranted.

    • Trina permalink
      April 16, 2009 3:34 pm

      Thank you so much.. I just now got back from my ob/gyn after weeks of dealing with a foul smell, im sorry but it actually smelt as though something crawled up in me and died. I am very prone to BV so i assumed thats what it was. I have taken flagyl several times and it was gone within a day, not this time however upon seeing my doc he said well we found the problem you forgot to take out a tampon, this tampon has been inside me for three plus weeks…Oh my gosh i feel so embarrassed…. GREAT i thought now i must be getting old (38).lol… I am on my period now and took out a tampon i had put in there prior to going to see him not knowing of course one was already hiding in there… im sooo humiliated…
      I noticed you said not to douche let the body heal on its own…well he told me to douche right away which i found odd to say the least…. but i did as he requested so i guess we shall see what happens since i know my body and i know how easily i get BV… I dont know if this is routine or not but my doc just sent me on my way with no antibiotics at all.. I told him ive had the same headache for three days and should this be of concern with the whole TSS thing,, he bascially told me to take tylenol and douche..

    • Patty permalink
      October 10, 2009 9:08 am

      I went to doctor for yearly physical after thinking that I had lost a tampon. I did not tell Doctor that I thought I might have lost a tampon. She said she felt a uterine fibroid. Could this be the tampon?

    • Wondering permalink
      February 23, 2010 2:15 am

      Doc – just curious about the anatomy of the vagina – is it possible that a tampon could get into the abdomen area ? (from what I know – this could only happen if the whole tampon made it through one of the fallopian tubes – which would be quite impossible – correct?)

    • Mary permalink
      March 25, 2010 2:54 pm

      Hi Doc Gurley I was wondering if you lose a tampon will it automatically leave you with a foul odor could it be you dont really smell to much but have other things going on like irritation ect. and can this cause a pap smear to be slightly abnormal.

    • June 21, 2010 12:11 pm

      would a bath or even a heavier period flow flush out the tampon?

    • O.Miss permalink
      June 27, 2010 11:45 am

      thank you, thank you, thank you Doctor Gurley for posting! I’m 38 years old and have been using tampons for (??) 25 years now and have only this morning made this mortifying discovery that a tampon can ‘hunker down’ inside of a va-jay-jay for two weeks! eek! I’m taking great comfort in knowing that it has happened to others — with very similar outcomes. I had no symptoms what so ever and (uggh this is embarrassing!) only found out when the stupid thing ‘fell out’ when I was having a bowel movement. thanks for sharing 😉

    • Me ouchie permalink
      July 2, 2010 9:41 am

      My tampon was left in for 5 days. After the second day I had severe back pain with the odor. I went to the dr on the 5th day and he removed the tampon but my back is still very sore. Is this something I need to be concerned about? I didn’t see any post about back pains.

      • Ellisha permalink
        July 10, 2012 4:52 pm

        Check for a UTI, your kidneys are actually higher than most people think and back pain is a symptom of an Infection

      • green1488 permalink
        July 29, 2012 7:12 am

        I got drunk with my bf one night and got a tampon stuck on me for a month an didn’t know it until I found it three days ago over had diahrreah chills. Very tired headache an the most horrible back pain every since went to the er an doc looked at me like I was crazy. For thinking I had tss andsaid he’s seen it before and I would be nearly dieing an my vitals would be messed up…he only did a pelvic exam and gave me antibodics in case of gonahrreah or chlymedia how ever u spell it an told me he would call in 3days to tell the test results …I’m still hurting so.bad.I really think he was wrong anyone have suggestions is comments?

    • July 6, 2010 7:48 pm

      I just wanted to thank everyone on this page for sharing their stories. I was suffering from an AWFUL smell, terrible migraines, fever, and cold sweats. I just got home from the doc and sure enough I had a stuck tampon. It was buried high and behind the cervix (why I couldn’t find it); there was one point he was going to stop looking, but the smell ensured him that there was on somewhere hiding. I know that there is alot of talk that TSS is not possible, but he told me that a person can still get it and I was border line getting very ill with TSS. I am now on antibiotics to cure the massive infection. My tampon was lost for over a week and I recommend if you think you have one in and can’t find it GO TO THE DOCTOR immediately! I know it’s embarrassing; my doctor ran out the room the smell was so terrible, but I feel sooooo much better it’s out and I’m on the road to recovery.

    • Dolores permalink
      July 13, 2010 11:56 pm

      I just went to Planned Parenthood today about the discharge and foul smells coming from below. All they could tell me that they couldn’t do a pelvic exam because there was still bleeding/discharge of the bloody persuasion going on. That is unacceptable. At the very least they could have questioned me more about it. Obviously not a comfortable question, but one that may have made me think more in dept about it since trying to insert a tampon almost 7 days ago. Since then I gave up. I’m not even sure how long its been there. I feel bad for the woman who had one lost for 8 months! She must be extremely pissed as well. Hopefully it will get better I have another appointment next Tuesday and hope to get a throughout exam and maybe some good news.

    • Dee permalink
      August 3, 2010 9:34 am

      what is the infection called that you get when you leave the tampon in. Not TSS the one that causes the foul odor and discharge?

    • laura townsend permalink
      September 15, 2010 7:28 am

      i was also told by my doctor to douche after i removed a tampax that had been there for at least 2 weeks, my next period will tell me for sure….Not only was i told to douche when i asked ‘what exactly do you mean, douche?’ he told me to use a vibrator……..

      • reba666 permalink
        January 23, 2012 12:55 am

        Ummm report your doctor ASAP thats messed

    • Jem permalink
      May 5, 2011 5:44 pm

      Thank you, Dr., for your comment. I found a nasty tampon this morning–had to have been in there for at least 5 days. I called Planned Parenthood (Roseville, CA) and expressed my concerns about having TSS, and they said the earliest appointment they could get me in was the 23rd! I have called other women’s clinics, but they only deal with “reproductive services.” What’s a woman to do when she does not have health care? 😦

      I have mild cramps and the smell is finally fading, but I still fear infertility. I had an DNC, a bacterial infection, and then this all in a month…seems like a doctor would be a good idea, but I don’t know where to go 😦

      So, thank you, doctor, for addressing my concerns.

    • March 25, 2012 9:00 am

      Thank you Doc for the information, I been sick throwing up and cramps and dizziness unknown cause. Today I woke up and threw up and I felt something pushing out inside of me in my underwear. I found this grey coated slimey tampon out of no where come out. I had intercourse twice in the last month and the last time a brownish discharge was I didnt know what it was. It didnt have a harsh smell so I didnt think anything of it but it was kinda gross. My underwear has a not so great smell but it wasnt bad either. Idk how long it was inthere and this has never happenned to me before. Intercourse was painful. I had a CBC done like 2-3 weeks ago and it didnt suggest anything wrong. This ws the most discusting thing ive seen.and the only wayI knew it was a tampon is bc I saw the string and I tried to pull on it to see if it was all there. Like u said it had some kind of coating, I wonder if I need some kind of follow up. I have been on antibiotics ammoxicillin and a shot for sinus problems and now K pac. wonder if that saved me from further problems that could have arison, Thanks for this posting:)and feedback.

  7. March 31, 2008 6:16 am

    Doc Gurley, thank you for this.

  8. Lola permalink
    April 2, 2008 9:19 pm

    Last week my boyfriend and i went out to dinner and had a lot to drink. The next day I could not remember if we had sex or not (I know this sounds bad). I was at the end of my period and I remember pulling my tampon out earlier that evening. However, we had sex the next day and there was this awful smell and it really started to hurt. I also just came down with a cold. I tried to ‘fish’ as they say for the tampoon but did not feel anything. My gyno can not see me until next week. I don’t know if I left a tampon in there or if these symptoms are part of a bacterial infection, especaily with it being right after my period. There is a bit of discharge everyday and a slight smell. Should I be worried that a tampon is still up there, or could this be a bacterial infection?

    • April 21, 2009 3:58 pm

      It could be either, but whatever you do make sure you get yourself checked out. Good luck

    • July 16, 2009 4:17 am

      what color was your discharge?

    • March 23, 2012 12:08 am

      Don’t feel bad, I drank too much one night too, had sex and couldn’t remember taking my tampon out. So many times I heard and believed that there was no way possible to “lose” a tampon inside, so I assumed I took it out and didn’t remember. About 3 days later I started smelling something different from “down there”. like others I am always getting bacterial infections or yeast infections so I know the symptoms and smells. Bacterial infections smell fishy while yeast infections don’t have an odor but usually are itchy and/or you have a burning feeling. The symptoms I had were not what I’ve had before and the smell was definately different but one that I had smelled before. It smelled like pus. I knew there was something wrong but I kept telling myself that it wasn’t possible to lose a tampon. I let another day pass but the smell was still there so I kept trying to reach to see if there was something there but couldn’t find anything. I finally decided to do a web search and found this site. It was VERY helpful and after reading everyone’s experiences and realizing that I had some of the symptoms other’s had (especially what the Dr said about what white blood cells do and create pus) I decided to continue reaching inside even more…and wouldn’t you know…there it was…I couldn’t believe it!

  9. Kate permalink
    April 3, 2008 4:30 am

    about 3 weeks ago i had quite a lot to drink and couldnt remember if i removed my tampon, when i went to the toilet the string wasn;t there and just persumed ide removed it. A week later i had sex with my boyfriend and there was an awful smell!! i didnt think 4 a second it could be a lost tampon. The smelly discharged continued and i started to think i had some sort of infection. This morning i went to the toilet and i saw something coming out of my vagina, it was a the tampon i lost weeks ago!! the smell was awful!!! Tampon’s can get lost but it did work its way out itself!

    • Erin permalink
      September 5, 2009 10:17 pm

      DOES THE SMELL GO AWAY!! i feel totally fine and im deathly afraid of the gynocolagist. its been about 3 days since i have found my lost tampon and i just really need to know when your smell went away!?

  10. April 15, 2008 10:43 pm

    Wow, after hearing all these horror stories, i wanted to share with all the women in the world, my greatest find in the world (well, one of them). I swear I am not involved in the company by any means.. I just love the diva cup though, it is a silicon-based flexible cup that you squeeze into your vagina, and then when its in, it pops open, to collect the menstrual waste. They have two sizes, for those that have had a baby already, and for those that have not given birth yet.

    I have had my diva cup for two years now, without any problems. You can never forget it up there, because it is too big to forget (but it is not uncomfortable), also you never put more waste into the environment anymore, or give money to the huge corporations for creating all this waste. It is reusable for LIFE!!!!!! i think it has a warranty too… anyhow- i just rinse mine w/ soap and water, but i think you can boil it for sterilization too (check the instructions).

    the best thing too.. if your on some sort of crazy long trip (I went hiking in a costa rican jungle for 8 hours), you don’t have to worry about overflow or changing the diva. (I still change it about three times a day when I can anyhow.. just to feel clean).

    and if you are into gardening.. i heard the menstrual blood is great for growing things… for those that aren’t grossed out anyhow (im not).

    please buy a diva cup, save the environment and your money!


    any questions could probably be addressed there, like i said- im not involved in the company at all.. im just a very proud customer!
    lots of feminine love!

    • grossed out permalink
      January 12, 2010 8:37 am

      I would have left the gardening tip completely out.

    • not if you are a gardner permalink
      April 29, 2010 6:45 pm

      nothing wrong with the gardening tip

    • Renee permalink
      June 25, 2010 6:54 am

      Just a word from the forgetful, but wise….
      A Diva Cup is just as apt to be forgotten as a tampon. I just forgot mine for four days, and unfortunatly discovered it during sex, only because of the foul smelling discharge…Emarassing!

  11. Jenna permalink
    April 17, 2008 9:19 am

    “without troubling your local overloaded emergency department”

    THIS STATEMENT IS ENTIRELY MISGUIDED. As a daughter of an Emergency Room Physician I have been told many times about women with tampons “lost” in their vagina and have been reminded each and every time that if something of the sort ever happens to me, I am to see the ER immediately. Yes, you will probably have to wait many an hour while people with more “urgent” problems go first, but implying that women who lost their tampons should not visit the ER is not only ignorant, but irresponsible. Next time I should hope you choose your words more carefully.


  12. April 17, 2008 9:27 am

    This post was in response to a piece at the blog of a practicing ED physician who stated, “Usually, it is one of those small ones and the string got pushed up inside somehow. Very often there is nothing there – the patient simply forgot that they had already taken it out.” If you forget that you’ve already removed a tampon or the string is simply a little bit hard to reach, that’s not really an emergency – now, if you leave one in for weeks, that might be a different story. Doc Gurley has some thoughts on this above.

    • June 22, 2009 1:00 am

      its not always that the string is hard to reach, but it goes in between the butt cheeks as well. i’ve had my share of strings between the cheeks a few times. maybe from sitting.

  13. McKayla permalink
    April 19, 2008 9:04 pm

    okay so this is really weird because now is the second time that i wake up and their is no string up there i really dont know what to do. Well i’ve been having a discharged and it has a smell that i cannot resist is embarassing because everytime me and my fiance have sex afterwards theirs a bad smell so im pretty sure i have a lost tampon even though i tryed to reach up there i cant find anything helppp..

  14. Cyndi permalink
    April 21, 2008 12:04 am

    I have a similar story….I had a really busy day with lots on my plate today being a Sunday. I went to take out my tampon and couldnt find the string. I got a little freaked out and asked my husband if he wanted to play doctor? he is a saint. he tried several times to find it with no luck. he said he felt as far up as my cervex but felt no tampon. could it be so far up that he could not feel it? can it go farther than the cervex? I asked him to do this because he has longer fingers than I do. I called the nurse in the ER and she said she could not give me advice over the phone. now in the mean time me and my husband have had sex because we thought there was nothing there. but I am still worried that there could be on up there. I honestly dont remember taking one out.

    • sabby permalink
      May 9, 2009 12:01 pm

      i had the same thing happen and it was embarrassing. I didn’t have my period for at least a week and my bf and i had lots of sex and every time we did it hurt. I noticed that i had a fowl burning tar smell and i was at the doc office a few weeks ago and everything was good. So i went online and i read that i probably forgotten my tampon. I felt and had my bf feel…and nothing. So i sat on the toilet with my legs spread apart, and pushed….pushed like i was delivering a baby. After a minute or two if pushing I stuck my fingers up there and pushed some more. When i did that i could feel something that wasn’t me…..sure enough it was a tampon. ewwwwwwwwww it was so embarrassing…. maybe that will help you. Its nice to know that im not the only one out there that has done this….

    • Jess permalink
      November 3, 2009 9:19 am

      I’ve done the same thing but so for all I’ve accomplished is pulling out my IUD .Still can’t find the tampon . I know it’s in there somewhere .

  15. nicole permalink
    April 21, 2008 8:15 am

    similar story….not sure i lost one but really am starting to think that i forgot to take it out. I just remember at the end of my period, it seemed like it went away but then a little blood here and there. It may have been after sex – can’t remember. I have had sex with my husband a handful of times since then and the first time I thought I might have lost a tampon was when there was pain during sex and i had to get on top. looked for it afterwards – nothing found – assumed I was crazy and i must have taken it out. Sex since that first time has been great – easy and multiple orgasms – could this little tampon be helping the cause pushing against my cervix? I’ve done my best at searching to no avail but it does feel a little swollen in there….could this be my body’s way of reacting and protecting? my husband is going to play doctor this afternoon…..really would like to take care of it before then! any advice? It does seem like there is some out-of-reach territory for me.

  16. Mooty permalink
    April 26, 2008 2:49 am

    Oh my goodness, I am so relieved to see these messages. Last weekend my boyfriend and I were building up to having sex and after having his fingers inside me delicately told me that i ‘felt different up there’. I tried to see what he was referring to but as his fingers are longer than mine I couldn’t feel anything weird. I hadn’t had my period for over a week so didn’t even think it was a tampon.

    I went for a smear test on Wednesday and mentioned it to the nurse who said that other than some white residue I looked normal, she asked if I was itchy, I said no and that was that. This morning I went to the toilet, felt something weird and a tampon popped out! It must have been in there for TWO WEEKS!

    Not knowing what to do I thought I’d check online before running out to buy a douche but on Dr Gurley’s advice I won’t. Dr Gurley is so right – my body did ‘coat the tampon with white blood cells’.

    I just feel so embarrassed, there’s white residue that smells awful, how long will it take for my body’s bacteria to get me back to normal? I’m not uncomfortable, sore or anything else – I honestly had no idea it was up there. Shocked!

    • Cooki3 permalink
      July 18, 2009 4:41 pm

      It happened to me today….I had oftern heard stories about people doing this and i wondered how the hell it could be done, but it obviosuly is so easy!!! I came off my period around 1 week and 3 days ago. At the end of my period i normally use a towel to give my body a break – im usually so good!

      Well alot has been going on, car crash, in the middle of being a first time buyer (house) so my mind must have been else where BECAUSE I FORGOT THE MOUSE WAS STILL IN HIS HOUSE! 😦

      I have has Diarrheoa all week, which is a sign of TSS, also what made me check was the fact that i felt like a needed a wee all week, I felt like i had a water infection, kept neededing the toilet.

      I just thought i would feel if everything was “normal” and boy am i glad i did, i was horrified to find a tampon still inside me. It was covered in a whiteish coat and smelt quite offensive. I have had funny tummy feelings but i think that is because my mind is working over time about it all. I will keep and eye on myself and if I have any more warning signs of TSS then I will go to the doctor


      • julie permalink
        August 19, 2011 4:25 pm

        thats sounds like me but mine was in for about 5 months just been discovered was in emmense pain on antibiotics but still in loads of pain,and my stomach looked like i was 6 months pregnant.

      • tammy permalink
        June 30, 2012 1:12 am

        I am so scared….I found an old tampon yesterday, which I think may have been in there for 5 days. It was disgusting and looked like a tootsie roll on a string, but it didn’t smell. I am on medications that make my period really irregular, and almost non existant, so for the past 15 years, or so, I have barely had a menstral cycle, so I think maybe that is why I forgot it.Since then I have had hot flashes, nausea, and feel very weird, and dazed. I bought some douche, and when I did half of it, it burned so bad that I threw the rest away, and called my gyno. It’s friday, and my appointment is monday. I have been on an antibiotic called cefalexin for the past 8 days.
        Will this take care of my problem before monday? I had a horrrible cut on my finger that became infected, thus the antibiotics, but I threw up for like an hour last night, and I just feel feverish, and weird.
        Am I being a hypochondriac, or could something be wrong?

    • Diannah permalink
      August 10, 2009 5:22 pm

      These stories make me feel so much better. Many, many weeks ago I finished up my period but a week went by and I was still experiencing discharge and it started to smell really bad after a while. I looked online and saw that it could be warts or chlamydia but I didn’t have any of the other symptoms. I also saw that a lost tampon was an option, but I ruled it out. Weeks went by and after a while I was too embarassed to have sex with my boyfriend. The discharge continued and the smell seemed to worsen. Also, not everytime, but occasionally it would be painful. Plus my periods were different. The blood smelled way worse than normal and the flow seemed to be different (now I know it was cause an old tampon was in there behind the new one….eww!!!) So much time went by that I got really worried that I was going to get an infection if I didn’t already have one. Finally a friend called and said that they were reading in a medical book and they thought it was a lost tampon. I argued but finally agreed to look. After examining deep in my vagina I felt it. It took about 25 minutes to get out, but as soon as it was gone I felt instantly better. I could tell as soon as I started walking that it felt way different. I just can’t believe that I didn’t check sooner. How long will it take for the odor to get better? So is it the vagina forming the white blood cells around it the reason it doesn’t break down after all that time. It fell apart when i was pulling it out, but it was pretty much completely in tact.

    • Ruby permalink
      February 6, 2012 11:08 pm

      My tampon was up there for a while and my boyfriend and i had sex during our “romantic weekend” so here i am just pulled it out of me after taking a big numba 2…wow I was wondering a little bit why it smelled down there but I just took one or two showers a day and that was that. I don’t want to go to the hospital cause i was just there and had to get emergency surgery for my gall bladder…it freaked out my family and everyone stopped and came to the hospital. I really don’t want to stop everyone I know again and freak them out again. Ugh i hope I’m ok but ill go to the doctor on wednesday. Im just glad I wont smell anymore. Thank you everyone.


  17. Ashley Catherine Martin permalink
    April 29, 2008 4:49 pm

    So my story is a little different than the ones above. So earlier that day i had put in a tampon and i had horrible cramps.I repeadtedly told my boyfriend that i was feeling horrible but I couldn’t resist him and we ended up having sex that night. Halfway through intercourse i remembered that my tampon was in, but i didn’t feel like it was hindering our sex so i just disregarded it. The next couple weeks roll by and im at work and we start getting this horrible scent around the office. Well the scent finally gets so bad that my boss calls a city worker to come down and investigate the lurking ordors. They scanned the premisis and eventually (after hours of texting plumbing) they were able to pin point the odor to my office. Once they were in my office talking about the smell it became so apparent! Mortified by the smell i ran to the bathroom about ready to throw up thinking there was a dead rat lurking in my office..only to find that the scent followed me. So i went to the bathroom to throw up but ended up going pee and out popped a 3 week old disgusting tampon in the toilet. I freaked out and fished it out and ended up passing out in the bathroom from the smell. A coworker later found me in the stall with the brown tampon in hand….lets just say they found what they were looking for.

    • Rhonda Helper permalink
      June 1, 2009 6:50 pm

      This sounds like an urban legend if ever I’ve heard one!

    • geralodine permalink
      October 15, 2009 3:55 am

      Are you kidding! If the smell was that offensive that it affected the whole office why did you not notice that the smell came home with you? Did your bedroom not smell that morning? If it stunk up your whole workplace than it must have stunk in your house and anywhere else you may have ventured. Something fishy about that story . well, for your sake, I hope so because I would be soooo embaressed that I would never ever show my face there again!!!! It is one thing to forget a tampon which I have found is very common and most odor sories are the same but yours is just like WOW! are you sure there is nothing else there that would cause such an odor.

    • geraldine permalink
      October 15, 2009 3:58 am

      oh,one more thing, WHY in the world would you fish the tampon out of the toilet?

    • Tessa permalink
      March 3, 2010 12:30 am

      Oh my god. Honestly the same thing happened to me about 3 years ago. I was still in high school at the time, and I remember getting a whiff of this god awful smell in class. I thought nothing of it, until I smelled it numerous times throughout the day, and other people began to notice too. None of us could figure out where it was coming from, but it was the most disgusting smell ever. By the end of the day, I clearly realized it must be me if I could keep smelling it. It took me a while to figure out why it could smell that bad down there! I went to the bathroom and my tampon slipped out and it wasn’t a pretty color. I definitely had to keep myself from throwing up. I think I had mistakenly thought I had taken it out, and put in ANOTHER one, pushing that one farther in. I couldn’t tell you exactly how long it was there- probably a couple of weeks…. ew.

  18. Debbie permalink
    May 1, 2008 9:13 pm

    Well don’t feel bad. I have been to the ER last week for adominal pain, fever,Headache, vomiting and aches and pains… kinda like the flu symptoms. So they gave me a shot of morphine and something for nausea and sent me home. My liver blood test came back high. So these was thursday. I went the weekend with still nausea and headache until Monday morning I went to the Doctor and she admitted me to the Hospital for dehydration. I went home on tuesday, but I still had the adominal pain and nausea. I went back to the Doctor today thursday one week later from the ER visit and she decided to do a Pelvic Exam and when she started she said do you want to take your tampon out??? I was sooo embarrased. I said I’m off my period I don’t have one in she said yes you do here is the string. She had me pull it out and and it was really gross!! The smell was bad. I was just wondering if I was getting close to the Toxic Shock Syndrome. She gave me a shot of Rocephen and two antibiotics. I do feel better but still embarrassed by the whole thing…

  19. Jennifer permalink
    May 23, 2008 12:56 pm

    Reading the stories above made me feel quite relieved! I just finally ‘found’ my tampon. I had used one of the small tampons at the end of my last period- needless to say I worked at evening, and drank and went home with a ‘friend’ of mine- we has sex and the next morning I couldn’t remember taking out the tampon. I figured I had because I didn’t feel any difference when we had sex. I felt around up ‘there’ and couldn’t feel anything so I had taken it out. I had sex later on in the week and everything still seemed fine. I started my period again and used tampons, but several days ago there was this foul smell I noticed at work- I hoped no one noticed- then yesterday it got really strong and this morning I woke up and knew something was up, I felt up there again and there was the tampon, but it was far up, almost out of fingers reach- it took me several hours on and off, but finally I pulled it out- UGH! that smell is soo overpowering and embaressing- I’m so relieved now that its out and I didn’t have to go to a doctor!

  20. LLK permalink
    May 28, 2008 10:50 am

    so i think that i have a tampon “lost” up there. when i went to change it yesterday i couldn’t find the string. i don’t remember if i forgot to put one in or if it got sucked up there. i put another tampon in later because i assumed that i was still going to be bleeding seeing as its only my 3rd day but i have stopped completely. i fished around up there for awhile then i had my boyfriend look because his fingers are longer than mine and he couldn’t find anything either. after the search was over we had sex, now im starting to think that the sex pushed it even further up there. does anyone know of any exercises that i can do to try to get it out?

    • Lisa permalink
      June 3, 2009 6:58 pm

      OK – this is gross but I just had to do it, that is why I ma on this page looking for reassurance that I dont need to go to a dr. To get the dang thing out sit on the toilet with your legs spread as wide as you can, lean over and get 2 or 3 fingers up inside as far as you can. Feel around. You should be able to feel the difference between your live tissue (smooth, elastic and warm) and the moldy tampon (textured, firm and warm). I could feel mine but I could not get a grip on it. I finally was able to pinh the end of it and it hurt when I tugged on it so I quit pulling. I ran my finger around the circumference of the end of the tampon to lossen it up and make sure that it really was a tampon. Then I pushed with the inner muscles (in childbirth it is called bearing down) sort of like trying to poop but from the front! As you bear down the mass should move downward and you can gradually get a grip on it an pull the disgusing thing out. I suggest starting with a clean toilet bowl with clean water as you will want to rinse your hand off between attempts. This is a truly disgusting proceedure that I had to do one other time about 25 years ago. Good luck and dont be surpised if the smell follows you around for awhile and you will need pads for the discharge. I have scrubbed my hands 3x with a brush and soap and still cant get the smell off!

    • Andrea permalink
      June 13, 2009 6:00 am

      OK. So I’m not the only one. My period was ending – I was at work. I took the old tampon out and put the new one in at work. I guess my period was about over becuase it didnt go in easy. I had to relax my muscles, and I think I may have put it in too far, the string was shorter. But I didnt worry about it.

      I came home and dont remember sing the bathroom at all before I feel asleep in a chair. I went to bed after my 10 year old woke me up. I had to go first thing this morning. I started to take the tampon out, but had to pee so bad I figured I’d wait till I finished. (sorry to be gross, but I want to tell every detail in case someone can advise me). Then I had to poop. After all this, I felt for the string and the thing is gone.

      I’m almost not positive I didnt take it out, but about 90 sure I did not – unless I got up from sleep and went to the bathroom – I was extrememly tired last night.

      I have tried baring down, squatting – and I did feel a hard fleshy thing come down a bit but it feels like it’s part of my inner vagina.

      I’m scared out my mind now. I think I’m going to get a gynocologist. This happened once before years ago – and I never found it – ever. Went to the doctor and he promised nothing was there.

      I have sparatic periods so I dont think that’s going to tell me anything.

      Any advice? Am I crazy? – from the stories on here – I’m starting to think that this thing really has the capability to disappear – but to where???

    • Kirsten permalink
      June 15, 2009 12:59 pm

      I have to agree with what Lisa wrote! My best friend called me about an hour ago with the same problem everyone on here has had..or close….she got drunk last night had sex with her boyfriend and had forgotten all about her tampon in her drunken stupor. I came over because after hours of her trying to “fish” it out, her vagina was staging a protest and was raw and swollen. I was ready to dive in and help (with the aid of surgical gloves and tweezers) when I decided we should google the situation first and see what we could find, especially since she doesn’t have health insurance.

      We scanned all of the advice and she went to the bathroom, sat on the toilet and beared down while reaching in with 2 fingers and TADA!!!! tampon!!!! This worked…so for any of you looking for a way to resolve this issue without having to go to the doctor…there you go! If this doesn’t work…don’t wait weeks and then go to the doctor…go ASAP…don’t risk your vagina!!!!

      She is feeling much better even if she does look a bit like a used up porn star from the waist down for the moment!!!

    • bec permalink
      November 7, 2009 3:32 pm

      I agree with Lisa. Just went through this today. Started a couple of days ago with a bad smell-no itching, no pain, no discharge. Only weird thing was it was a couple of days after my period should have ended and I was still having some brown blood come out. So I found this website and figured that’s what it was. I did the toilet thing and it was freaky and hard to pinch, grab and pull it out, but I’m glad I did. I’m guessing it was only in there a few days so I’m hoping the smell goes away!!! lol I was really freaked out though

    • shesright permalink
      December 30, 2009 11:29 am

      lisa is completely right!
      follow her directions and you can get it out yourself, without sticking tools inside of you. Just your finger. It may take a while and your finger may get tired but TAKE A break and keep on tryingl. for me and my story I left a tampon in and forgot…and then had sex. I wasnt on my period just thought it was gonna start that day. it got pushed wayyyyyyyy up there. i tried to stick a finger up there and find it lotsss of times adn couldnt. then I read the above entry by Lisa. I sat on the toilet, put my fingers up there and pushed like I was having a baby…and then i FINALLLY felt the tip of it. So then i started messing with the tip of it with my finger and continued to push…the string got loose! I managed to finagle it down all the way to the opening and pulled it out!

    • Gretchen permalink
      July 25, 2010 7:20 pm

      LISA LISA LISA! If I wasn’t married already, I would marry you. I really think I would. A few days ago my husband and I had sex. It was nearing the end of my period, and …. I don’t know why, but I didn’t even think about whether or not I had a tampon in! We had sex and then afterward, we both looked at each other and he said “uh, you didn’t have a tampon in did you?” I said… I don’t know, I don’t think so. It didn’t occur to either of us until after the fact. I thought and thought about it, and couldn’t remember ever putting one in that morning, so I stopped worrying about it, assuming I hadn’t had one in. We had sex and smelled this horrible smell. We had to wash all our sheets and blankets, it was so bad. The next day we had sex again and it smelled just as bad. Then I noticed that a lymph node near my pelvis was really swollen. I knew i must have had some kind of infection, and looked on here to see if maybe that’s what happens when you “lose” tampons. Sure enough… everything fit. I was about to cry thinking about going to the gyno like that… how embarrassing! When I read Lisa’s post and the others confirming that it worked, I went to the bathroom, spread my legs, bent over, and fished around. I even only used one finger. It took two or three tries, but after a minute I felt it. I kinda just wrapped my finger around it and tried to slide it down while contracting my muscles in there. Before too long I got it far enough down to where I could get my thumb in there and pull it out. I didn’t even have discolored discharge, and sex didn’t hurt…. the only symptom was how stinky it was. Seriously girls, if you think something’s wrong, just do this and check. You’ll feel the difference in the tissue up there and tampon. If you’ve got one up there, you’ll probably find it.

  21. ASF permalink
    May 29, 2008 8:07 am

    Hi, im slightly scared.. yesterday i had a tampon in and i fell asleep around 5pm. I havent been sleeping well the last couple days so I slept for a long time, like 13 HOURS!!! This morning i went to take out my tampon and its GONE.. i felt around for it, but i cant find anything. I put on a pad this time instead of a tampon and im still bleeding.. could i have somehow taken my tampon out and just forgot or is it really up there filled up (its been 15+ hours now) and im just leaking blood still..

    • brittany permalink
      September 13, 2009 6:51 pm

      hi so im kinda going through the same thing, unsure i f i removed one or not but still used 2 or three. know im just useing pads wondering if there is one in there. i tried bearing down on the toliet pushing and pushing and feelin around the best i could, but stll nothing. im at the end of my period and its benn about 3 days since i think it may have been left up there. i dont know what to do, im just praying that there is nothing up there. but i guess from these stories the smell will give it away. anyone know how soon the smell comes along with a lost tampon???

  22. Lauren permalink
    May 30, 2008 6:29 pm

    Its good to hear this has happened to others. Just went to the dr. today feeling like something was wrong with my bladder (pressure), maybe an infection? Also told her that more disturbing was the stinky bleeding and smell occuring only during sex (a total turnoff)…she puts in the speculum and finds an OLD tampon from 12 days ago…smelling like something dead. How disgusting and embarrassing. She gave me 7 days of antibiotics.

    • leann permalink
      April 4, 2011 1:39 pm

      mine was in for 12 days too, i was so embarrassed, i thought i had an STD, I was extremely stinky and was planning on going to get checked when I had a feeling that something was wrong, went to the toilet and just decided to check and out comes the yucky tampon all moldy and disgusting. I was such in shock that I actually sat there staring at it in the toilet lol then finally got up and flushed it. I just couldn’t believe it, this really happens! this was my first and hopefully last time. I also had constant diarrhea and headaches with bodyaches plus was thinking I was getting sick or something. Plus I was thinking how could I get an STD?? I was beginning to think you could get std from using a public toilet but i’m so glad i found this site, and so glad i am not the only one. Now that I know, hopefully it won’t happen again.

  23. Cindy permalink
    May 31, 2008 9:24 pm

    One method to try getting it out is to squat and bear down while searching with your fingers. It will make your vagina a bit shorter.

  24. Katie permalink
    June 3, 2008 8:01 pm

    HA! I’m sorry…these posts are just making me smile and making me feel less like an idiot. My husband started complaining of a “smell” yesterday and mentioned it again today after we had sex. (I also was noticing a “funk” about myself.) And I had noticed a brown discharge on the sheets afterwards. The first time I thought I was still just spotting after my period, but today I knew it wasn’t. I’m on my second week of active pills. So we went to the Internet to see if something was wrong with either of us. Among other things, I read that it could be due to a lost tampon. On a whim about ten minutes ago, I decided to go to the restroom just to see if that was the problem. Lo and behold, after shoving the fingers up there, I could feel the tampon and was able to pull it out. SOOOO relieved I didn’t have to go to a doctor or get TSS before I noticed it. Haha… truly, this is *kind of* a humorous, albeit it serious and potentially dangerous, situation. Now debating whether to clue my husband in to my stupidity or not… 🙂 Ahhh, the joys of being a woman.

    • geraldine permalink
      October 15, 2009 4:19 am

      Tell him he will be wondering what the hell the smell is.
      I just told my hubbie that I left one there for at least 2 weeks and he then admitted to me that he noticed an odor but said that he did not want to hurt my feelings. I was /am very congested so tha is why I was unable to smell it. (he thought I had an infection coming on) so he chose not to say anything and also knew that if he did he would not have (and I quote) “gotten any”.

  25. Tami permalink
    June 3, 2008 8:24 pm

    LOL!!! I went to the gyno today thinking I just had regular vaginosis but nope…it was a lost tampon. It had been in there for over a month. Just by reading everyone’s posts, I see a similarity here. Maybe we shouldn’t get drunk while on our periods!!! LOL. I have to admit that it was so embarrassing but mainly because my gyno is ridiculously hot 🙂

  26. brittan permalink
    June 4, 2008 11:22 pm

    Ugh. I wish I could SEE up there. And I wish I could remember! Last month, I read all these horror stories about lost tampons and thought, “Well, I’m DEFINITELY going to keep track of mine!” Except now I can’t remember if I took my tampon out yesterday. It was a really, really busy day (a 6 AM to 2AM kinda day) and I can’t remember where or when I took it out. I used a tampon today and had no trouble inserting or taking it out. I’m still bleeding. I think maybe I took it out, but I didn’t remember anything about yesterday’s tampon until this evening. I tried “feeling around” but, well, I don’t usually stick my fingers up my vagina. I have a general idea of what it “should” feel like but I am not 100% sure if it feels “different” now. I tried to use the mirror to see, but obviously I can’t see in so that isn’t much help. I’m pretty much a super-virgin so it’s really uncomfortable for one finger, much less the ‘move two in a sweeping motion’ recommended action. This is awful. I just wish I could remember. Plus, I’ve never been to a gyno and I really do not want this to be my first visit. So I guess I’ll just…wait…

    • Lisa permalink
      June 3, 2009 7:02 pm

      If you are old enough to have your period you are old enough that you should be going to a gyno regularly to check for cervical cancer, stds and all the other wonderful things that happen to women. Pardon me but this borders on pure stupidity.

    • Sheri permalink
      September 6, 2009 2:48 pm


      I think your comment is what borders on pure stupidity. At least 90%, and many doctors and scientists say 100% of cervical cancer is caused by HPV. Likewise, STDs and “all the wonderful things that happen to women” don’t just happen if the person is not having sex. Good grief. Give the girl a break.

    • geraldine permalink
      October 15, 2009 4:27 am

      if she is old enough to have her period she is old enough to go to Gyno. Wow what an insensitive comment. My daughter started her period at 11. I am sure that this would be extremely embaressing for her to have to tell me let alone a Dr. a womans/girls first Gyno visit is hard enough without having to add something like this to it. I do feel that if she is unale to retrieve it in the next few days she should go to the Dr. but to call her stupid along with your other statement is a bit harsh. I have a feeling that this girl is quite young.
      Give her a BREAK

    • Edn permalink
      February 3, 2010 11:38 pm

      Hey Lisa,
      I am a very careful person. I know the exact date I am supposed to start seeing doctors in every specialty and I have to tell you they do not recommend young girls going to the gyno until they are eighteen. If they are having sex it is a different story, but I have asked more than one doctor and they say the same thing, before beginning a sex life or when you turn eighteen, not when you start your period.

  27. Lilla permalink
    June 5, 2008 12:38 pm

    I started to get discharge a couple of days ago with blood in it, not fresh. Today I went for a smear test just to get everything checked out. After the smear test I was talking to my mother who asked if I had ever forgotten to remove a tampon. Weirdly during my last period I did have one of those days when I was sure that I had put a tampon in but couldn’t find one, so I just put another one in and didn’t really give it much thought. When I had my smear test the nurse said she did see a lot of mucus which wasn’t normal but couldn’t give me a reason for it. Now I am wondering whether i have a tampon inside me, or would the nurse have definitely seen this, I definitely can’t feel one at all, and I havent noticed any smells?????

  28. Lisa permalink
    June 8, 2008 5:59 pm

    OK… I feel better reading everyones notes. I have been on my period for 3 days and thought it smelled like something died. I finally realized: “I wonder if I left a tampon in there last month”. Holy crap… I did. I have been having cramps for weeks. I kept expecting my period to start. I guess I should see the doctor? How embarrasing!

  29. :o( permalink
    June 9, 2008 9:27 am

    I’m really paranoid, I have a horrible feeling that I’ve left a tampon up there. My fingers are too small to reach very far up and I have tried using longer things but I don’t want to end up tearing myself since I am still a virgin. What should I do? Maybe I am just paranoid.

  30. Maggie permalink
    June 11, 2008 4:02 am

    No sex, no boyfriend, none of that fun stuff you other ladies are experiencing, but I still think I might have one stuck. I’ve fished, I’ve checked, I’ve written it off a few times as sleep walking/taking it out wilst I wasn’t quite awake. And it’s been since January (six months). No strong smell, so I’m still not certain there is a problem, but I did stop having periods three months ago (not all that uncommon for me, but all the same). So. I’m back to thinking it might be M.I.A. and that perhaps the dryness and the pain, not to mention the “no-flo” thing might all be part of it. Any idea’s ladies? Doc? Rachael? ‘Cause, uh yeah, I’m not going to go spend $120 (no insurance) with my Doc unless I’m absolutely certain I have to. Yup. Not gonna happen.

    • Lisa permalink
      June 3, 2009 7:13 pm

      Lets see – pain, yes. missing tampon for 5 months, possibly. changes in vaginal condition, yes. No period for 3 months, yes. too cheap to go to the doc, well dear you could have something a lot more serious than a missing tampon. There are so many health concerns and deadly situations that involve the area in concern I just cant see how you can brush it off like that. If there is no smell there is no lost tampon – these things make you smell like a small animal died inside you and is coming out one brown drip at a time. totally disgusting.
      How about one of those free clinics?

      • Amber permalink
        January 3, 2013 9:11 pm

        Ok so I was wondering why I was still spotting brown and my period was suppose to be over a week ago. I don’t kno what made me think of it but I don’t remember ever taking my tampon out. So I googled it and it happened to other woman so they told me to dig deep and I pulled out this nasty ass tampon I left in me for days it smelled like something literally crawled inside me and died. I was so disgusted also relieved its over with but will the smell continue is the ONLY question ???

    • Rebecca permalink
      January 1, 2010 3:00 pm

      Ok seriously Lisa you need to keep your comments to yourself…you are just rude to everyone you comment on here. What the hell is wrong with you?

    • Kelly permalink
      February 18, 2011 12:00 am

      Yeah Lisa, you can keep your “advise” to yourself. Really.

  31. cherry permalink
    June 12, 2008 3:01 am

    God, you will never know how much all of your stories have helped me this morning. I had been noticing a bad smell for the last couple of days, and for some strange reason last night, whilst watching tv, i suddenly had this sickening thought that I had I left a tampon up there from Friday night! I stuck my fingers up there as far as they would go and sure enough there one was. I got it out with no problems, but had a sleepless night worrying that I could have TSS, although I had only had backaches and headaches for the last 3 days, or had i now made myself infirtile. I am still waiting for a call back from my GP, as I really just want to mention it to him, but all of your stories have really helped me. Does anybody happen to know if this can cause you to be infirtile?

  32. Kalli permalink
    June 12, 2008 12:52 pm

    I have a slight abdominal pain and wondering if maybe i left a tampon in before we had sex two weeks ago? Has anyone else experienced pain from this? No smell and no insurance to go to the doctor

  33. cherry permalink
    June 13, 2008 2:11 am

    Hi Kalli
    I had a abdominal pain on my left hand side and also, a headache and lower back pain, which I couldnt explain.
    If I was you, I would try laying on your back, and seeing if you can fine anything. Once I removed it, the pains went away.


  34. Amanda permalink
    June 13, 2008 4:43 pm

    I too just had a bout similar to those mentioned above. I kept feeling lower abdominal pain, I also had foul smelling dark red turning to brown discharge after sex and randomly throughout the day. I had finished my period 4 days earlier so I was confused and worried I may have left a tampon in or put another one in shoving the first farther up. I just went in for an exam. The doctor found one lodged up inside of me and my blood pressure was low. I didnt necessarily feel sick, but the smell, the very minor pain and the discharge was enough to be alarmed for me. The doctor said I was very smart in coming in so that I could avoid a “staph” infection that can be linked to TSS. She prescribed me metronidazole and ciprofloxacin (antibiotics) for the possible infection. We will see how things go in the next few days. But please, all of you make sure to get things checked out if you feel different or abnormal, I’m so glad that I did.

  35. amy permalink
    June 18, 2008 10:49 am

    God! Was I ever glad to find this!

    My period ended 4 days ago, and two days later, i started spotting, and noticed this horrible odor, that just got stronger and stronger over the next two days. The ‘spotting’ changed to this horrible, brownish, thick discharge, and i was starting to become really embarrassed and concerned.

    This morning, it occurred to me that it could be a tampon. See, I usually use the super absorbency, but I tend to get horrible cramps. So, when I started this time, I decided to try the regular absorbency. I guess, being used to the larger size, it was easy for me to not feel anything.

    I had sex with my boyfriend, the day my period stopped, and neither of us noticed anything.

    Thanks so much to all who have commented here, for making me feel, well, not-quite-so-stupid-and-humiliated. Special thanks to Doc Gurley!

  36. June 19, 2008 3:38 pm

    I read these “tamponic” episodes and I am so relieved,and grateful that I’m not alone. I felt incredibly stupid, especially since I’m over 40 that I should have known better.I had blamed my fiance for the nasty odor(after sex) and was skeptical if he’d cheated. He was offended that I even suggested that(rightfully so)but I had no other explanation.I had my OMG moment on the potty too, it just “plopped” out. How disgusting.It had to be in there since my last period end of April.This was the most shocking embarrassing thing that has EVER happened to me. I didn’t bother with the gyn because the odor stopped and dr’s tend to over prescribe antibiotics. I feel fine no fever, no headache, and no abdominal pain.I douched this morning (first time since incident)and everything seems ok. Dr. Gurley, would you still suggest antibiotic? If so would doxycycline be okay?

  37. June 19, 2008 5:43 pm

    so heres d story i was ouv it one nite an decided to hav sex but i was so ouv d brains dat i forgot i was going true my mensrual cycle an i had a tampon in but decided to go ahead wit d sex anyway(not remembering)i tink its still up der any ideas how to get it out??im soooo scared

  38. June 19, 2008 5:52 pm

    hi my names tara im so glad to see that other people have gone trough this crisis.i had my period and d last day i taut i had taken my tampon out,i didnt really feel any different but i start noticing a smell i tink it cud be up there a week but i only noticed it 2day ive read the stories written above but i still dont know wat to do its scary!! does anyone know wat i should do iv tried to get it out an i cant,, will i go to the hospital

  39. katelynnk permalink
    June 19, 2008 8:48 pm

    Well, I don’t feel so stupid now. I started my period on Thursday of last week it lasted only 2 days so I thought. My husband had a blow up fight and after words we made up and had sex. In the middle I freaked said I forgot to take out my tampon. I checked couldn’t find it he checked nothing there. So I assumed I just forgot to put one in. Well Wednesday I start smelling this awful odor I was spotting a little which I usually do after my period ends so I figured just hormonal imbalance or something so then today it was even worse and even more discharge. I was sitting watching tv when it hit me that maybe I did have a tampon in and I should check again. Sure enough I did. It was so far up I didn’t know if I could get it out I finally dug it out and it was the most horrific odor I have ever smelled in my entire life.My husband and I have had sex 3 times before I found it so I can only imagine how much bacteria is in there. Now I am waiting for tomorrow to call my doctor and admit what I had done and find out what else I need to do.

  40. June 22, 2008 9:36 am

    I’m so happy to be a woman , to find the safety and sanity in our numbers by the willingness of all to be open and vulnerable with discussing something so painfully private.Thanks to everyone who shared a story,no matter how embarrassing your contribution helped someone somewhere.As, for myself I feel fine,relieved, and immensely grateful. No more tampons for me, I’m strictly a “pad” lady after this scary episode. Good luck, and health one and all.

  41. Snickers permalink
    June 25, 2008 12:05 am

    Thanks for all the info ladies! Want to hear my story? Well , here it goes. I am an avid fisherwomen. Two weeks ago I had my period , I was just finishing up when it was time to pack up the camper and the boat and head to the river to do some fishing, I just brought three tampons with me and used them just in case. I got my stuff unpacked, grabbed my beer, changed my tampon ,thinking I better keep one in so I don’t ruin my fancy swimming suit. Later on after a good day of fishing, kids sleeping, had sex with my man, woke up the next day, put one in, and thought I don’t remember taking the other one out? Well, that thought lastest about a millisecond and I was off fishing. Day after day went by ,in the boat, catching lots of fish. Had many friends,family and well deserving employees coming in and out to see us for a little R&R. After 10 days, it had been way to long without gettin a little. So we found the privacy to make a little love and the minute we finished, I’m like, “Honey you seriously need to wash your ass!!, He’s Like,, Whatever!!, its not me!!” “Well it sure the hecks not me, I’ve made it all my life without any problems with a smelly ass or anything else!! Well it turned into this actually funny arguement, the kids are like “Mom what are you guys talking about!!!! I said we are arguing about whose got the stinky butt!!! They laughed. We had been camping a long time and may I brag.. a pretty clean family. I said to my hubby, “Well if it is me, are you going to be like the guy whose wife accidently shits in the hottub and he can never look at her the same and leaves her!! And that was the end, I left for home. I got to the shower, I wondered if it is me??!!! Washed my hair, shaved, and just for the clean of it, I put my finger in there and said OMG, way up there was the foul smelling monster!!!! I got it out!! He was driving home and called. I was so embarassed,but told him anyways. I made it really dramatic, ” I could have died of toxic shock in my sleep!!” I could hear him gag on the other end of the phone. “Well sweety(gag)I am glad(gag) your okay!!!
    Well, low and behold, it took a couple days, but LOVE is back in the air,not the smell. On a more serious note, while the tampon was in there I notice my stomach and legs seemed much bigger, swollen, like rapid weight gain. lower back pain, headaches and after I got it out, my body felt like I had just removed a big sliver, very weird discomfort. Today the discomfort was better. but now I have some strange abdominal pain. Do I need antibiotics? I was pretty freaked out from the whole experience, I actually checked to make sure there wasn’t another one up there. Is that possible and I just can’t feel it? If the discomfort doesn’t go away, I am headed to to my Obgyn!! I hope going to doctor even makes a difference after hearing some of the eight month to the doctor stories and not finding anything! Poor things!!! I am just really glad I am not alone, thanks for your stories and if you have any advice, I would be happy to hear it. Oh! by the way, I douched, immediately for the first time in my life, warm water and a little vinegar, I couldn’t live with that odor a second longer. Live well Tampon Trekkies!! P.S. I can’t believe my first reply online is the stuck tampon blogs!! Oh well, still felt good not to be alone. You know what they say, everything is for a reason, Now we know how incredibly good we all do smell on our good days!!! I sure won’t sweat the little stinks anymore and neither will my man. STANKY!!!!

    • WorryWart29 permalink
      January 19, 2010 7:16 pm

      Loved your story, glad I am not alone. Well same thing happened to me. I had sex with my husband and he complained that it hurt him. In response to this I told him that I had abdominal pain too. Well I then started worrying that it might be a tampon lost in there somewhere that is causing the pain. Well low and behold I am straining on the toilet doing number two, and out pops the tampon. It did not occur to me quickly that this was the darn pesky tampon I was looking for. The first concern was “I had better not flush this, cause my husband would kill me.” Then the second thought followed, “holy crap that’s the darn tampon that I lost inside me!”

      And like you I noticed a strange weight gain. I had taken pregnancy tests and nothing. Too funny, and again I am glad I am not alone. I was ready to go to the emergency room.

    • Redface permalink
      September 22, 2010 10:36 am

      I almost choked on my own laughter while reading your story!!! You are one funny lady!! Thanks for sharing. I feel better after my similar episode today.

    • Greeny permalink
      November 15, 2010 11:01 pm

      Girl that was toooooo funny!

  42. Dumb girl! permalink
    June 27, 2008 10:23 pm

    I’m on my period now and lol I went to take my tampon out and couldnt find the string… yea.. so I thought “ok I must have gotten it out sometime before”. The next day (today) I go to put in another tampon and it just doesnt feel right. So I think “ok I’m not messing with this anymore” and I just use a pad. Well I went shopping and stuff and was feeling pain. I went home to find that the tampon had been in there all day! 😦

  43. amanda permalink
    July 3, 2008 1:11 am

    Oh my goodnes! It’s actually 2:00 a.m. now and I just returned from the emergency room, and I just had to come on here and post. Thank you all for your detailed accounts about your tampon scares… boy have I had one!! And now that its over (or so I think) I have to add to the list…

    Two nights ago I just got my period right before leaving the house for a party. I put a tampon in and sure enough, I ended up taking a couple shots at the party. Drunk, I changed my tampon at some point, not totally conscience of whether or not I had removed the first one.

    Later in the evening I worked endlessly to “fish” it out, as I remembered once before nearly losing a tampon inside of my but just 5 or so minutes of determination did the trick that time. After an hour or so I gave up extremely discouraged, and convinved myself that I simply forgot that I had removed the tampon, though I swore having no recollection.

    Yesterday was alright, I had my concerns about what was going on in there, only to continue to ignore my uncomfortability and lack of bleeding–something rare when I have my period.

    So finally, today, at work, I began to feel a little uncomfortable again and decided to really do some digging. This just led to more discomfort and a very uneasy mind. Googling the issue led me here where I realized its common nature of a problem and contemptlated visiting the ER or waiting for a more professional/personalized setting gynocologist.

    When I got home, I spent two hours searching, hoping for some success like some of you guys, but no such luck. Out of frustration, I went to the ER where after a miserable 4 hour stay, a pelvic exam revealed I in fact, had no sign of a foreign object in there.

    The PA suggested an inflamation of the cervix from either an infection from sex or any of what had occurred in the past few days. I am now on two anti-biotics to fight whatever it is that found its way in there, probably all unecessarily caused.

    My question is if I should follow up with gynocolist with more expertise? I am at a slight ease of mind knowing an infection is what could have caused my discomfort… but I would truly hate to endure another, otherwise pointless, doctor visit.

    Also, should I be alarmed at this infection? Or is it something to be expected with all the unprofessional poking and proding of my own.

    Thank you all for the help, I am looking into that divacup… those damn tampons have caused quite a misery for me!

  44. Julissa permalink
    July 11, 2008 2:06 pm

    Okay, so I told my boyfriend I was on my period. Clearly he didn’t really care. We tried to do it from the back and instead he found the way into my vaginal hole. It felt great so I didn’t really care. Then once we were finished I noticed we done it through the vaginal hole, I freaked out! I was looking all over the place for my tampon. I even stuck my finger up my hole. I didn’t feel it, I eventually stopped looking for it. I forgot about it. About a couple days later I noticed I’ve been getting a horrible oder and brownish//reddish discharge coming out. So I’m thinking its my period again! So I didn’t really freak out. But the oder was nasty. About 3-4 weeks later, I used the restroom and the tampon that got lost came out! It was so weird, and I was so amazed! Hopefully that was the end of that. So ladies if you have a tampon on… Don’t have sex! Or unless you want to take it out and have a big mess!

  45. Vanessa permalink
    July 11, 2008 4:27 pm

    I have been laughing at these stories and feel so much better about my embarrassing story. I got back from the doc today, and I am so embarrassed. About three days ago, I started getting really itchy and I began to notice a really strong odor. I used some yeast infection medicine and its helped before. I put in the ovule and when I pulled out the insert, a thin, yellow liquid came out. I thought it was strange but I had had sex with my husband so I thought it was from that. Two days later, my husband said he felt a weird, dry patch and asked if I had left a tampon in. I said no way and the next day he didn’t notice it. Well, the smell began to get really bad, and it was really itchy. It was keeping me up at night. I thought I had bacterial vaginosis, so I made an appointment with the doc. Well, with the speculum, she found the problem, a tampon. I thought it was just a piece that had broken off, but it was the whole thing. It smelled horrid and I was really embarrassed. The doc was nice, said it happens a lot and is nothing. They tested me for BV and I didn’t have an infection. I wouldn’t be worried about TSS, its extremely rare now days, but you may have an infection, so its worth a doctors visit. Just don’t freak out, its not a big deal, embarrassing, but not a death sentence. I already feel better, the smell is gone, still a little itchy.

  46. Mandi permalink
    July 14, 2008 2:01 pm

    My gosh! So, glad to hear these stories!! Just 4 months ago i found out i was pregnant… I had been feeling weak and tired ( normal for pregnancy), but also having severe dizzy spells where i had to sit down and i would have some sort of hot flash!! Eventually, after letting it go thinking it’s just because i’m pregnant- they wanted to do a full exam to see why that wa happening along with the bad odor…what do you know- as some of you said, the whole room smelled awful!! The doctorsaid” miss, i think you lost something” dangling the tampon over me with his forecepts!! I was sooo embarassed..not to mention it must have been there for 5 months at that point!! If i never would have been pregnant- i would have probably never known about that tampon until something very bad may have happened! Of course i’m bad about going to the doctor when something may be wrong, and that’s why my pregnancy helped me a lot- not to mention that was another visit for the check ups i needed- putting off because doctor visits are soo expensive! My hospital charged me over $2000 for that day for a sonogram, pap and removing the tampon and you wonder why i may avoid something like that!! Well, thanks everyone! I really thought i had a rare case there. 🙂

  47. Penny permalink
    July 20, 2008 12:13 am

    I’m happy to hear i’m not the only one. I forgot I had a tampon on and just forgot about it until three weeks later I started to get worried and made a doctors appointment for the following week. I decided to check myself one last time before i payed this doctor for something that i can do. I tell you when I pulled it out it had a terrible smell like you would never believe i’m so thankful for this site and that others know what i was going through.

  48. ashley permalink
    July 23, 2008 10:59 am

    Come on ladies,
    Im sure everyone learned how to insert a tapon from there mother useing hand motions with a lot of “umms” and “kind of likes” but maybe you werent told that a tampon does not have to be inserted so far up that there is only and inch of the strigh hangin out. i am an industrial desighner and yes they do employ people to design these nessisary sanitary items. the idea of the tampon alpicator is to give to tatical guides that allow you to insert the tapom at the right depth (the lip around the bottom of each part). you should be inserting the tampon while holding the applicator like a doctor holds a suringe, beetween your two fingers with you thumb on the plunger. this position give you a limited range of motion ensuring the person using it is not able to over do it.leave you self some room. the majority of the string shold be exposed tuched safly in your panties.
    The women who are forgetting their tampos left and right, get it together! the problem may be that you are using a high aboebacy tapon on your light days so you never actualy fully saturate the tampon. that is the relese mechisim for tampons the full saturation of the menstrial fluids give the tampon the resistanc to friction needed to remove it comfotably, maybe you should try using light pads. they now have the pads which are very slim with the core that collects the discarch and turns it into gel to reduce leaks. this might save you a trip to the E.R. and a $500 doctor bill!

    • lordy permalink
      September 7, 2009 1:03 pm

      You “might” be an industrial “desighner”, but you have an atrocious spelling problem! This can happen to anyone.

    • Ash permalink
      November 13, 2009 5:03 am

      Quote Ashley: “The women who are forgetting their tampos left and right, get it together!”

      The wimmin hoo r pretnding too bee industreeal diseyegners butt kan’t spel gud enuf too pull it off, get it together!

    • Pat permalink
      November 8, 2010 5:59 pm

      This can happen to anyone! It’s called being busy and forgetting!
      I hope it never happens to you! But, if it hadn’t, how did you come across this blog???
      Don’t be so snooty, be sympathetic to these women, myself included, who are kind enough to share an extremely embarrasing event in their life.

  49. Junebug permalink
    July 24, 2008 12:08 pm

    Hi, i feel better knowing i’m not alone! About almost two weeks ago, i was wearing a tampon and went out with some friends. Needless to say, afterwards there was way too much tequila and i ended up getting way too friendly with a guy friend of mine. The next day i was thinking that i must’ve removed the tampon, surely i didn’t have sex with it in?? So starting the next day i started smelling something, and it seemed to get worse each day, i also noticed browninsh spotting which was weird….and today, i decided to check again, let me tell u, it was not easy to find. It was soo far up i barely could pull it out, and it was hard to recognize what it was too (since i’m not used to sticking fingers up there). But i was able to and boy was it nasty, now i’m worried about TSS or something?? No more tequila for me!!

  50. Jennifer permalink
    July 24, 2008 4:55 pm

    I was having female issues and thought I had contrated bacterial vaginitis. I went to a new GYN and she thought, after describing my symptoms, that was what I had. During a pap exam, she exclaimed she found my problem! A forgotten tampon. I almost died. It was a new brand, those small Obi or something or other. She said she does see this happen to other women. My mother told me it happend to her once. Glad I’m not alone!

  51. Sandy permalink
    July 29, 2008 7:14 am

    These stories are crazy. I would have never believed a lady wouldn’t know if she had a tampon in or not until it happened to me. I have been married for 15 years and last night I forgot about my tampon and had sex with my husband. It was the very end of my period , I was shopping all day with the kids and totally forgot about it. The strange thing was that the sex was really good. I didn’t realize the tampon was there until I went to the bathroom and then felt a string against my leg . I pulled it and freaked out. It came out fine. But my husband and I couldn’t believe that just happened and neither of us noticed it. We laughed and just can’t figure out where the tampon went and just how far back it must have got pushed. I so glad it was a happy ending for me because it sounds like this mishap could have been allot worse and very painful.

  52. LoubyLoo permalink
    July 29, 2008 12:34 pm

    I have just suffered the total embarrassment of visiting the practise nurse to have a ‘lost’ tampon removed….the smell was absolutely putrid….dead rat dosn’t even come close……

    The thing has been there for 12 days…..I had no idea. It was embedded under my cervix and curled round the shape of it. I noticed a really bad discharge and smell a few days ago, and the smell just got worse…eventually I had a little feel around when I was in the bath and hey presto, I felt it…..

    It did not have a string on it when it was removed so I will be ultra careful in future to check they have strings on them. This has never ever happened to me before ( im in my forties). I have a very active sex life, but neither of us knew it was there, the tampon was so high up I couldn’t feel it. It didn’t hurt to remove it, but the smell was the worst I have ever come across. I was mortified when the nurse said she has to send it off to be tested, luckily the lady doctor said just take swabs from it. It did in fact look like a dead bald rat….

    I asked for air freshener and nearly choked us fumigating the room…lol….
    The nurse herself lost one for 5 days and says it is more common than you think….and condoms can get stuck up there….and one poor lady had a cap that wouldnt come out….so us ladies dont half go through it….lol… The nurse was lovely and laughed so hard when I kept saying ‘I can I go yet?’ whilst she was doing the paperwork, I practically ran out of there…lol…

  53. Sophia permalink
    July 30, 2008 4:03 pm

    This is such a relief to me! My period ended about 2 and a half weeks ago, and for the past 2 weeks, I’ve had the grossest discharge, that even stained black panties. It was freaking me out, and then a few days ago, I started feeling like I had a tampon in, but I wrote it off because I was sure that I couldn’t have left one in. Then, last night, I finally checked, and, ew, I found one. I got pretty anxious because I get worried about TSS when I leave a tampon in for over eight hours. I felt fine, but was sure I was going to die until I found this. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

  54. Stephanie. permalink
    August 2, 2008 3:51 pm

    I can’t remember whether I put a tampon in this morning or not but it seems unusual for me to forget.

    I went to go and change it before only to find that there’s nothing there. I’ve had a bit of a feel around and look down there but there’s no evidence of a tampon.

    I have no idea whether it’s lost or not.

    Any ideas on a plan of action?

    • Ahhh! permalink
      September 8, 2009 6:23 pm

      Same thing is happening to me at the moment. Is it in there or not? I am usually very conscious of this, and it is very unusual that I would forget to put one in, or worse, forget to take one out. I remember a teacher in my sex-ed class in the 5th grade tell me her horror story of double stacking a tampon on accident, and getting TSS, and how sick she was because of the Staph. I have always been extra cautious because of fear of the same thing. Is it possible that I double stacked myself? I should have been more aware of what I was doing. What to do now? Do I wait until I show definite signs of infection, and hope that I am wrong? Or do I nip in in the bud now, and make sure? How embarrassing if I went to see the doctor, and nothing was there. That would be worse that if it was. I have tried to find it, but to my dismay, nothing is found. I am positive that I put it in there, and I can’t imagine that it would have just “fallen out” without my knowledge. Where would it have fallen? Surely, I couldn’t have expelled it without feeling it, had it fall out of my underwear and pants without noticing, and missed it on the floor somewhere. That is just insanely impossible. What do I do?

  55. Susanna permalink
    August 4, 2008 11:10 am

    The encouraging part is that you don’t necessarily go into toxic shock right away, or have blood poisoning. Sometimes I’ve found pieces of tampon afterwards that have stuck to the walls when I have pulled the tampon out prematurely. We really should have longer fingers.

    Nowadays pads are so good that I’ve switched to them.

    The medical info on this thread was really enlightening. Why do you have to come to a site like this to hear it for the first time?

  56. Jaimee permalink
    August 4, 2008 12:17 pm

    I recently had a very odd period, ended yesterday… lasted 3 days only (started mid morning on Friday and ended mid day on Sunday; mine usually last 5 days or so), was orange-reddish, not dark red like it usually is, and I had some significantly larger clots than usual (maybe like the size of a pea) with a bit of white mixed in with them, to top it off the cramps were almost unbearable, I was taking 3 extra strength Midol every 3 hours and the scariest part… I averaged about 18 tampons in 3 days, thats 6 tampons in one day.. this coming from a girl who only uses about 2 a day normally… I’m SLIGHTLY spotting today, but not enough to even wear a tampon and its a dark brown..which is the only fairly normal part of this period. Any ideas?

  57. Tiffany permalink
    August 11, 2008 1:30 am

    Ok I am glad I have found my way to this website……… my story is ……… I got extremely drunk last week…..I was at the end of my period…… I know I put in a tampon before going out with this guy. Well to make the long story short…….I basically passed out and next thing I know is he is having sex with me and going down on me…… then I threw up……..and then I remember we had sex again. Next day……..I felt very embarrassed and upset that this occured but I just blamed myself for this crazy behavior and then started to remember that I had a tampon in there………Now I am wondering if he took it out before he had sex with me…..or what……..did he go down on me first and then wouldnt he realize that I had my tampon in there…I dont feel any discomfort at this time. I tried to search up there and I cant find anything. I am scared and embarrassed to talk to anybody about this because it was just totally messed up. I dont want to call this guy because I just want to forget about that whole night ever happened. Any suggestions……

  58. Stacie permalink
    August 14, 2008 2:10 pm

    I am at the end of my period and after using a ‘mini’ tampax pearl tampon, half of it is inside of me?? I have felt around like crazy and can not feel or find anything???

    I simply pulled the string to remove the tampon and half of it must have broke off during removal???

    Help…I don’t know what to do????!!!

  59. Tieshena permalink
    August 17, 2008 4:43 pm

    I have a similar situation. My period came on Tuesday morning. When I returned home from the doctor with my daughter, I remember removing the tampon and changing it. I also remember that there was only a little bit of blood. Normally when this happens, I just put on a panyliner, until I see the normal flow. However, I don’t remember if I put on another tampon. I really believe I did, because I was going to the gym and I remember thinking to myself. ok put on a tampon so that you can be protected just in case it gets heavy.

    I don’t remember if I put one on or was it that I did in fact put one on but did not remove it after the gym. The next morning, my period wasn’t on anymore. It was just that smell and a little streak of blood. So then I started thinking, am I pregnant? It’s weird because I got all of the symptoms I usually get when my period is comming on, but after researching early signs of pregnancy, these symptoms can also be pregnancy related. I also have a weird smell, but I always do at the end of my period.

    I am confused as hell!!!! Was this just an abnormal period (which has never happended to me before in life) or am I pregnant but the test didn’t give the right response or is there a tampon stuck in mw that is preventing a true test response, leaving this smell amd stopped my period?

  60. Jilllllllllll permalink
    August 20, 2008 1:26 am

    I was worried for a couple weeks that I had Bacterial Vaginosis because I had sex with someone new and then my discharge started smelling rancid a few days later. It was like something died up there. It was so disgusting and I couldn’t feel sexy at all because of it. My jeans got gross quick…I’ll usually wear them more than once before I wash them. I was even afraid that I might have contracted something worse because this new sex partner had a penis ring and the condom broke and … I just don’t understand why you would have a penis ring unless you have sex with tons of women. When it broke he swore up and down that he didn’t have anything…but I don’t really trust anyone anymore. Kinda sad. Anyways, I had to wait about a month until I saw my gynecologist. My period smelled absolutely WEIRD and AWFUL and I was convinced that I was dying and that I would never be the same again and that I should have never ended the monogamous relationship I had with my ex. That way, I wouldn’t need to deal with possible assholes who didn’t care about whether I got an STD or not. I didn’t think it was possible that I had a tampon stuck up there because I felt around for one even though I didn’t think I’d find anything. The guy didn’t feel anything either.

    Anyways, I had my appointment with my gynno the other day…and to our surprise…there it was…a tampon. I think it had to be in there for 2 months. Because my period smelled around the time I made the call to the doctor…and the tampon had to spend more time in there to get that disgusting…it had to be in there from the month previous, and then I didn’t get it taken out until a few days ago. I’m amazed. I was so happy that I wasn’t dying or anything. I kind of felt like shouting out in the streets “IT WAS JUST A STUCK TAMPON!”

  61. lrn permalink
    August 22, 2008 10:47 pm


    OMG, I had the same experience completely! I barely remember the night- I remember hating it and him being so aggressive. My vag was killing me when I came to the next morning, and my seat was completely wet. But I could not find my tampon at all. I fished around with no luck. I couldn’t tell what I was touching anyway, because I was so sore. I was too embarrassed to talk to anyone, though. I didn’t know the guy at all. So, I assumed he must have removed it. While trying to figure out if I drunkenly encouraged him or fought against him- my vagina kept hurting and this smell seemed to be haunting me. I kept having to go pee but I couldn’t, and I was alarmed that my period had just mysteriously stopped after only 3 days.

    A full 48 hours later, I woke up in the middle of the night to try and assuage my bladder. It was so sore and painful that it hit me instantly- YES, MY TAMPON WAS LODGED INSIDE ME. It took hours before I finally felt it and even longer before I was able to pull it out ( THE most disgusting thing ever).

    This was last night- I’m still sore and having bladder issues. I’m hoping my vagina resolves itself so I don’t have to make the financial and emotional sacrifice of visiting the hospital. Should I seek help?

    (The worst part is that I’m GAY, I don’t even like men!)

  62. Laur permalink
    August 28, 2008 4:51 pm

    Okay, so after reading all these, i’m so curious. I definitely need some advice. So, last month, I had sex while on the very end of my period, the last few days. We had been drinking and i’m sure I took the tampon out first. But i’m not sure if i put a new one in and we had sex a second time or not. Now, almost a month later, i’ve been going to the doctors. I thought i had a yeast infection due to the irritation around my vagina, I got medicin, but still no relief. Also, the doctor called me yesterday to say that they found bacteria in my urine and put me on a medication for it. Do you think that this could all be caused by a lost tampon, or am i completely exaggerating this?

  63. Nanay permalink
    August 28, 2008 9:57 pm

    Hello, I was going crazy because I know i put a tampon on this morning around 9 and I went to school and work. I had to pee while i was at work and i was trying to hold it in for like an hour. when i finally went to pee, i had to bent over bc the bathroom was nasty. i went back to work after a few minute i feel my underwear is wet and I couldn’t find my tampon string. when I come home I look for my tampon and I couldn’t find it and my boyfriend helped me he still couldn’t find it. what should i do? I have no insurance

  64. Debie permalink
    August 29, 2008 5:51 am

    Ok so I read most of these stories…
    I didnt get drunk
    I didnt forget if i pulled it out…
    I guess I did pull and the string broke.. I didnt realize it didnt all come out…
    its been there for 2 months….
    I started to develop an order, it stunk and to have sex became increasingly painful…
    I pee’d all the time, couldnt hold it in
    I had the worst bowel movements ever they all hurt… then this morning at 5 am as my new ritual made me
    I sat pushing with the worst tummy ache and then a poop came out from where it shouldnt have felt to come out {does that make sence lol}i looked at what was left in the bowl and omfg their it was a friking tampon!
    after being grossed out
    I have no insurance so I will watch how I feel
    Stay away from them all, for our own health, screw convenience
    I dont care if TSS hasnt been around since super absorbency Tampons…
    To think the string can break and a chunk of it left inside unknown…

  65. August 29, 2008 4:37 pm

    Funny. Alcohol seems to be a culprit in many of these stories. I keep reading them and I’m like, “me too!”

    I swear someone needs to develop a Web site and archive these stories forever. I had the same issue… alcohol, and over zealous boyfriend and a faulty memory.

    The tampon showed up 4 days later. I think excersizing helped a great deal. Stretching too. My god the horror but thank God for the WB cells.


  66. tennd permalink
    August 30, 2008 10:19 am

    I’m in my 50’s and had my period since I was 10, used tampons since then, I usually just feel around and pull. I did remember several times in previous months feeling for a string, and then checking with my finger. Not finding one, and thinking oh yaaa its always very light, and I wear a small pad, I must have removed it. I use the mini ones because my period is so light.

    It started about 2 months ago. My stomach was getting very bloated and I had constant IBS symptoms. I felt like I was pregnant, I peed all the time in dribbles, cramped and continually felt more and more fatigued.

    At about 5am yesterday, I woke up with what I thought was food poisoning. Nauseas I ran to the bathroom and evacuated my bowel very fast in EXTREME pain. Grabbing for the pail to puke, I didn’t, but I felt like I was gonna die. I had chills, I was freezing and shaking. My husband said see if I can go back to sleep. I laid in bed feeling like death.

    About one hour after that I ran back to the bathroom and dribbled a pee, and when I wiped I felt a string. A STRING?!?!?! My period was over for a week, and had no recollection of a search for a string this period. I pulled out a OMG..tampon (if you can call it that). I can’t flush them where I live so I took a look at the diseased thing in disbelief. I am thinking it was in for 2 months.

    I will NEVER use tampons again. It’s been a day, and I feel so much better.

    I am so happy to find this site and know I am not alone.

  67. allison permalink
    August 31, 2008 12:14 pm

    i’m probably overreacting, but i think i lost a tampon. my fiance checked and didnt feel anything weird up there, and i dont have any feelings of sickness/discomfort. since neither of us felt anything strange should i just assume i did take it out and forgot?

  68. Hanna permalink
    September 4, 2008 11:18 pm

    So, I’m 16 and I remember putting my tampon in before swim practice.
    At swim practice we did ab work/ jumping drills before we swam.
    To make sure my tampon string was hidden before I took my shorts off I went in the bathroom…to discover my tampon was gone.
    Now I’m not sure if I put another one in..cause when I went to the bathroom later that night I saw a tampon sitting on the bathtub ledge…which means I could have put it there and forgot to put it in.

    But I am pretty sure I put it in… I’m just not 100 precent positive.
    I think I remember wiping and then putting it in..

    So, I’m going to the gyno tomorrow and getting it removed..if theres one in there.
    I will feel totally stupid if I don’t have one in there.
    I’ve been crying all day because I’ve been reaching up there for 2 hours trying to find one…but I can’t.

    I’m scared, I don’t want to have a doctor looking at my vagina…
    thats awkward as hell…
    what happens if my vagina is like deformed er nasty? I don’t want anyone to see it!

    what do i do?

  69. Hanna permalink
    September 4, 2008 11:19 pm

    I mean! Should I wait for it to come out?
    or go to the Doctor.

  70. Amy permalink
    September 5, 2008 10:05 pm

    I’m 16 too… I remember putting a tampon in yesterday before school. I’ve been really stressed and busy, and extremely tired. Last night I was watching a movie and I fell asleep. I remember going to bed pretty vaguely. I woke up really late this morning and suddenly remembered my tampon! I went to the toilet expecting it to be there and it’s freaking not!!! I know that I could have maybe taken it out last night when I got ready for bed… But I really cannot remember =( I don’t know what to do. I remember taking one out… But I cant think if it was yesterday or the day before. What should I do??? I’ve had a tampon almost get lost before, but I found it. This tampon is seriously not up there! Plus my period has completely stopped. It was due to stop butnot so suddenly like it has. There is not a sign of blood. Plus I have no discomfort. I’m pretty worried.. and I seriously don’t want to go to the doctor =( Please help :(:(:(

  71. Hanna permalink
    September 6, 2008 5:35 pm

    Same here! I can’t find mine but i KNOW i put one in, and I’m not a part of a doctor so I have to go to the ER tomorrow even though I put it in a couple of days ago.
    And if I didn’t put one in I am going to feel stupid

  72. September 8, 2008 3:15 pm

    last night i went to sleep and i went to change my tampon this morning and it wasnt there should i be worried?

  73. September 19, 2008 5:04 am

    it amazes me there’s like eight hundred stories about this yet i’ve never heard of it happening until i thought it happened to me.

    i went to bed last night and i remember having a tampon in but i’m not entirely sure whether or not i did. anyway, i got a phone call the next morning so i got up and i put them on hold while i went to the bathroom. i don’t remember taking it out and i put another tampon in so it just got pushed up in there further. i had a mini panic attack and started feeling around and i’m not even entirely sure what it’s supposed to feel like to begin with so i’m freaking out. i’m like uber virgin so stuffing two fingers up there to do some “fishing” is out of the question. my abdomen hurts and my period is normally very heavy but my flow has randomly stopped and it’s only the third day. i’m only seventeen and i’ve never been to a gyno before but it looks like i’m going to have to go just to be sure. how horrific, i’m never using tampons again.

  74. sheron permalink
    September 22, 2008 1:24 pm

    somebody somewhere on this site asked if there were some exercises you could do if you thought you had left a tampon in situ! Apologies if someone has already replied on this but I didn’t read all the posts (3 hours later)! Well basically, you have to do what you would do if you were delivering a baby and that is to bear down using your back muscles like you have constipation. Try not to give your self piles (heamorroids?) in the process though! Good luck – it does work – after all lots of babies are born – not smelly with strings attached though lol

  75. September 28, 2008 6:34 pm

    I was so relieved and felt alot better after finding this website and reading alot of stories…i went to the emergency room today bcuz i figured that i had a bacterial infection again. im 5 months pregnant and had had a pap smear 2 months ago when i first found out i had one. ive been having a horrible odor and discharge. well they did another pap smear and told me that they had found and took out a tampon! i couldnt believe it i told them i hadnt had my period since the beginning of may cuz im pregnant. they were pretty mean about it and i felt really bad and embarrased. i couldnt figure out how i could have left one in and not noticed especially after 5 months and how 2 months ago when i had a pap smear they hadnt noticed it. im so glad tho to no im not the only one and that i didnt get tss. now i no why i would get sharp pains sometimes after sex. and why the odor wouldnt go away.

  76. glad im not alone in this permalink
    October 7, 2008 11:29 pm

    Wow sooooo glad i found this site. I had noticed a discharge and foul smell for a couple MONTHS,,,,im a single mom working full time and going to school full time, no time for dr visits. So i put it off and off until I started bleeding while having sex. So finally i made an appointment. I went in today, i thought it was simply bacterial vaginosis, the dr wanted to do a pelvic exam just to be sure,,,,,so as soon as she started she said problem found, i was like huh? And she said i had a tampon lodged way up around my cervix. So now im on antibiotics to be on the safe side. I do remember going to change my tampon about 3 months ago and it wasnt there, i just assumed i had removed it and didnt realize i did. Wrong. I feel so lucky that i didnt end up with some horrible horrible infection. I was mortified but she reassured me that im not the first woman this has happened to and i certainly wont be the last, reading these messages has definately made me feel better that im not alone in this.

  77. Karen permalink
    October 11, 2008 1:41 pm

    This site helped me figure out the problem I was having! In early August, right after sex with my husband, I had discharge with the most foul odor either of us had ever smelled in our lives–something like poop mixed with hormones and a dead animal smell. … Needless to say, it freaked us out, and my immediate thought was that I might have some horrible tumor or cancer. But I had just had a Well Woman exam two weeks before, and everything was fine. I called my ob-gyn, and she said maybe it was hormonal (I’m 46) and to wait it out and see if I had further symptoms. The next symptom I had was when I got my August period and it smelled awful, too. I also was having periodic discharge with the same smell. I started Googling and found this website, and did a self-exam to see if it could be a lost tampon. I didn’t find anything the first time. Meanwhile, my husband worked up the nerve to have sex with me again, and once again I had the same horrible odor and discharge right after sex. Then, my September period smelled the same way. I called my ob-gyn again, and they scheduled a biopsy and sonogram. A few days prior to the appointment, I did another self-exam, and this time I found it–the lost tampon–wrapped up in a fold of skin. It was the most horrible, nasty, stinky thing … I wrapped it in two plastic bags and immediately took it outside to the trash!!!! I figured out it had been there since late July–between the time I had my Well Woman exam and the occasion when my husband and I first noticed the foul odor. I called my ob-gyn’s office again to tell them the outcome. They said that infections are common after discovering a lost tampon, and to come in if I had any symptoms. But fortunately it cleared up and the odor was gone within a week. I did douche a couple of times, which they advise against doing, but I didn’t have any further problems. … I know it’s gross to talk about, but we should spread the word to our women-friends, because it obviously happens more often than you would think. A lot of women would be relieved to know it could be such a silly, simple thing, before they spend a lot of money on expensive diagnostic tests. Thank you, everyone who shared their experience on this site!

  78. Elle permalink
    October 12, 2008 4:35 am

    Wow… I am so relieved to know that I am not the only person that has lost a tampon. I used a small light tampon as my period was finishing. I had dranken one night, and had sex. I totally thought that I had taken the tampon out. I noticed a foul odour, but thought that it was just because I had finished my period. Two weeks later, I was dress shopping with the girls, and got a horrible whiff of something in my change room. Later on that evening I had realized that I was the cause of this smell. I thought it was a forgotten tampon, but when I tried to search for it, I found nothing. I tried the next day, and there it was. The smell was sooo bad, even my underware smelt bad. I showered and took baths constantly afterwards, and the smell disappeared within 5 days.

  79. ZoeD permalink
    October 12, 2008 8:51 am

    Ok…So I would swear on anything that I put a tampon in yeserday afternoon, but when I got home last night I couldn’t find one. I reached in and felt around, etc, no tampon. So my husband says I must not have put one in. I’m “know” I did. So then he fishes around, and says it’s not there. So I try to put a tampon on and it doesn’t want to go in. After a few minutes, I think screw it and go to bed. But I got up this morning thinking I know I put one in yesterday, so I fish around some more, my husband fishes around even more…So I think theres one in there, he says there isn’t. I can kinda feel something, but he says its from over fishing around…So I guess I will wait…I will be absolutely mortified and upset with myself if I start having a foul oder the next few days…thanks for letting me vent about this.

  80. Mary permalink
    October 15, 2008 1:52 am

    My situation: Like many of you, I had forgotten whether or not I removed my tampon after a night of drinking and STARTED to have sex with my boyfriend. It dawned on me that I should probably go check before going any further so I ran to the toilet but did not see/feel anything. I feel stupid asking but would it require my boyfriend to be fully inserted in order for my tampon to get lost? I was worried so I didn’t have sex for about a week, hoping if there was a tampon, it would eject itself. Again, I felt nothing. It’s been nearly a month and I’m about to start my period again. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been feeling sharp pains in my abdomen.. especially during sex. The only thing different about my situation is I haven’t noticed any foul odors. I don’t know if I’m being hypersensitive and just suffering from indigestion.. but I’d like to know how easy or difficult it is to wedge a tampon up into the cervix.

  81. SarahRyan permalink
    October 15, 2008 7:43 am

    Thanks for posting all your stories you made me feel much better! Yesterday around 7.30pm I thought I changed my tampon but then at around 12pm there was blood all over my legs. I’m towards the end of my period so it’s possible that there had been no blood before that. I was only lying on the couch during that time so I assume it didnt go anywhere. I immediately checked and couldnt see or feel anything. I then decided to put another tampon in slowly to see if it would meet the possible old one and it went in very easily – i was careful to use no force as this was how I found a missing tampon before. I vaguely remember taking one out and its possible I didn’t put another in as my tampons aren’t kept in that bathroom. However I asked someone about it and they freaked out saying I have to go straight to ER but the more I think about it the less I think there’s one in there. Is it ok to leave it for now and go to the doc if there’s a bad smell? Thanks!!

  82. Ashley permalink
    October 15, 2008 8:16 pm

    Thankfully, all of these stories (I don’t like to call them “horror” stories; it just sounds scary) sound slightly similar to mine, so I feel a little reassured and not so embarrassed about mine.
    My story goes like this though. Almost more then 2 weeks ago, my boyfriend and I were at his house after we went out to eat. After a few drinks (and a blaze or two..shhh!), we began to get…freaky (but not completly yet). I, of course, was on my period at the time too, and I told him this, but he said he didn’t care and we could just go in the shower and do it. I checked real quick to see if my tampon was still in there, but I didn’t feel or see a string so figured i’d already taken it out, and obviously since I was a little intoxicated, I didn’t really care to double check…and to this day, i’m still not sure if it was out or not.

    Well, since those 2 weeks have went by (I figured my period had stopped, since I should have been at the end of my cycle when we intially had sex that one time), my boyfriend and I have continued to do what we always do, and progressively, my vagina has started to smell more and more as the days have gone by, and now it smells like there’s a dead animal inside me or something. it’s disgusting. and not only that, but today I feel almost sick and fatigued, and I have horrible cramps. For awhile, I thought maybe I had a bacterial infection or something, but the smell definitely isn’t a fishy smell. its a RANK death smell.
    I’m worried that I might get more sick if I don’t get it checked, but I have no way of making an appointment soon, and I’ve already tried seeing if anything is up there, but I can’t reach far enough. What should I do? Will I die????

  83. Ashley permalink
    October 15, 2008 8:27 pm

    btw, I know i’m not going to die, idk why I said that…But, i’m pretty sure I do have a tampon up in there, after reading all these stories that sound almost identical to mine. I’m just glad that I don’t have some sort of STD or that bacterial vaginosis thing that I thought I had…

  84. Karen permalink
    October 15, 2008 11:09 pm

    To Ashley – My advice is to do another self-exam … the smell you described sounds just like what I went through, and it was a lost tampon. You may not find it the first time (I didn’t either), but the cheapest thing to do would be to try again.

  85. Theresa permalink
    October 17, 2008 11:52 am

    My story is similar to Rachel’s. Long story short…I ended up going to ER after being concerned about the rotten smell along with brown blood and not knowing why. It got taken out and that was it. I felt like a big deal to me, was not a big deal to them. I probably expected some testing done or antibiotics for some kind of infection if any found. I walked out in pain and felt lost, not taken care of, afraid and wondering about an infection. I followed up with my doctor and she told me everything was good. A few months later, it was time for my pap test and she gave the news of having high numbers with cervical cancerous cells without knowing the stage of it. I was referred to a specialist to have a LEEP procedure done and it was right on time. After that I had to have frequent paps done and they were always negative. For the following year and a half, I kept complaining to my Doctor about excessive bleeding with clots during periods that I wouldn’t even bother planning going anywhere. I had to change doctors do to moving and I started my nag with my new doctor even though my pas would negative, I felt this was not normal. She finally said that I should see a specialist to maybe be put on a method for less periods a year or what ever the specialist would recommend. Before my first visit, I started bleeding between periods and it was a weird bleeding. My scare came back because I googled it up and found out this could be due to cancer. I called the specialist before I even met her to give her heads up on what kind of exams she may want to do. She did a pap, urine exam and because of the results from the urine test, she decided to do a biopsy way higher than where the pap can go. Three day later I get a call from her stating that my pap was very normal but that my biopsy was showing endometrial cancer and that she was sorry she could not tell me what was the stage of it until after my radical hysterectomy. My surgery was two weeks after and to me, it was like for ever. The tumor was almost where the cervix ends and the doctor was surprised because she thought the problem was in the uterus. There was a lot to celebrate after getting the pathology results back and all the struggle about healing afterwards, was worth it because the healing part ( I had a lot of trouble with healing that I had to get a second surgery ) is another long story. I had this done two years ago at age of 35. Sometimes you just have to listen to your body and even if its just to make sure there is nothing wrong (peace of mind). Take care of your self and each other….

  86. Theresa permalink
    October 17, 2008 12:08 pm

    I think that the tampon’s string should be strong enough not to fall or just avoid them. I also don’t think tampons give you cancer, but the miss use of them. Stuck waters will always grow bacteria and a lost tampon does not allow your body to clean itself.

  87. mel permalink
    October 19, 2008 7:19 pm

    omg.. i’ve been usin tampax for 3 yrs since started. Never have i ever lost one.. ever! Had a drink one nite.. well a bit too much (which i’ve done b4 with a tampax) then go home then went toilet for pee ( always renew after pee most times) then me and boyfriend .. well one thing leads to enother (thinking im jus about off now anyway). Then in mornin, i just could not remember if i took it out or not. So straight away got a mirror lol, had a look .. nothing there. well i was so happy because i really was freaking out. BUT then TWO days later i really was so sick because of the most nasty horrible smelly smell i have never ever had in my young life. So then it came back to me ( did i take that tampax out) omg, ran 4 the mirror and…. there it was after a little look. Oh i feel so sick when i saw it i puked… but i felt so much better as i was a bit sore. Now i no why! Really dont want to use them ever again!

  88. mishi permalink
    October 24, 2008 3:36 pm

    It all started with having sex a few days after my period…sex with my boyfriend that is and he went down on me and stopped suddenly….i thought nothing of and we carried on having sexual intercourse…while we were busy i smelt the most horriffic smell and it couldnt have come from him I knew this. We then stopped and I asked him what the smell was and he said it was me which is why he couldnt carry on down there earlier! I was so embarrassed….thought it was just a one time thing or something. for the next week i began discharging like once a day and it smelt like rotten fish!…..i would shower like 10 times a day and eventually looked it up on the internet thinking I had some infection. Tried to get an appointment with the doctor but she was never available. So today I go to the loo and put my finger up there to try and see if I can feel anything different coz of the infection I must have and lo and behoold a bloody smelly tampon! It took a couple of minutes to pull it out but OMG how disgusting! Not too sure if I still gotta go to doctors but just to be safe I think it would be wise. Thank goodness Its not something else more serious Im definately relieved!

  89. Angela permalink
    October 25, 2008 11:56 pm

    Just had baby #2 five months ago and my period has been a little screwy ever since. Here one minute gone the next but NEVER accompanied by an horrific smell until this month. I’ve been passing almost blackish colored blood ever since day one. I knew something wasn’t right but I somehow convinced myself that it was probably something postpardom related and would resolve itself (sounds pretty ignorant; I know!). I could no longer take the revolting smell so I decided to consult the ever-so-helpful www and came across this site. After reading a few stories I was convinced that a LT was the culprit. BINGO! Except this was a game that I wanted to play and I certainly didn’t come away with a prize that I proud of! So here’s Angela lost tampon removal method:

    1. Drink Heavily (I’m not kidding! Smelly, horrible, disgusting, funky does not begin to describe the smell that’s about to envelope your nostrils!!!) Be prepared.

    2. If you have any Vics chest run (yes the stuff for colds your mama put on you when you were little), coat your nostrils in it!

    3. Lift your toilet lid and leave it open with you get in the shower.

    3. Squat down on the shower floor with your tush between your ankles.

    ***If you have a seperate shower with a glass door, leave it open! You’ll thank me later:)

    4. Fish around til you find it. If you’ve got my kinda luck then chances are it’s around a corner, under fold and hinding! Don’t give up…keep feeling your way around, you’ll know exactly what it is when you find it.

    5. CLOSE YOUR EYES and pull with all your might! Took me several attempts. Don’t open your eyes until it’s out. Even then DON’T look at it!!! It’s not worth it…I promise!

    6. Put it directly in the toilet and flush but don’t close the toilet lid or the smell with stay trapped in there til your husband goes to use the bathroom and comes out gagging:)

    7. Wash yourself

    8. Continue drinking and try not to ever think about it again.

    ***It’s been about and hour since I removed it and I stil can’t get the smell off my hands. I’ve tried washing them with bath soap, body wash, shampoo, dish soap, laundry detergent, bleach and even douced them in Febreeze but I can still smell traces of it!

    I just keep shaking my head and thinking that I might laugh about this one day…

    • amber permalink
      July 25, 2009 5:24 am

      I am scared I started drinking tonight and drunk I decided to shower and I got ouy and got dressed later I had to pee and I always change a tampon after peein and there was nothin there I have surched and pushed not sure what else to doi don’t know how deep it is but I can’t feel it wit fingers. I need a checker

  90. Lindsey permalink
    October 28, 2008 1:03 pm

    Those wretched pearl tampons are the devil. Do not buy them unless you want to constantly worry about piece of them coming off inside of you! Several other people mentioned the pearls leaving pieces inside of them, too. Just last night I pulled mine out and it looked deformed like the top part had ripped off! I’m really pissed and really worried. Don’t have money for the doctor so I guess I’ll just wait and see if it comes out on its own. Also, that story about the stench at the chick’s office and then passing out with the nasty tampon in her hand and a coworker finding her was just about the most hysterical thing I’ve ever read!

  91. dana permalink
    October 28, 2008 8:38 pm

    After reading all these stories, I feel a lot better… I had drunken sex about a month ago with this guy who I hook up with often.. For the past 2 weeks I’ve been experiencing all of those symptoms (smell, discharge etc.) that ive just been SO SO embarrassed… ive never even been to the gyno before (im 19) and i just wasnt comfortable with going, I thought I had BV and i read it could go away on it’s own so i just left it.. i washed with antibacterial soap and all that stuff… finally today i got the nerve to call the doctor and go… she was like THERES A TAMPON IN THERE… and the tampon DID in fact cause BV because obviously, it was in there for a whole month. i was totally mortified the smell was terrrrible but i am so so happy because the smell was smelling uppp my dorm room and everyone noticed. i am so relieved!

  92. cindy permalink
    October 29, 2008 1:50 am

    What a relief to read everyone’s stories. And some of them are hilarious too. After smelling this horrific smell for the last three days, and having absolutely no idea why I smelled so bad, I decided to by a douche and some special women’s soap. I quickly realized when I was douching that there was something horrible festering in there, and I immediately googled my problem. It took about 30 seconds for me to realize that I had a tampon jammed up there and quickly pulled it out. It was the most godawful thing I’ve ever seen. How did I do this? I remembered putting in a tampon a few days before and thinking that I hadn’t removed the prior one, as just a passing thought. I should have checked to be sure…wow…it’s so scary how many women have experienced this, and I imagine that very few women experience it more than once!

    Thanks to all for making the rest of us feel better 🙂

  93. nanay permalink
    October 31, 2008 12:32 am

    I still need help, its been two month since i couldn’t find my tampon, i went two different nurse practitioners and i had a pap smear and they couldn’t find the tampons. i was diagnose BV, WHICH IS BACTERIAL VAGINA infections. symptom include fishy smell and gray discharge, i took medication for it and i still smell like fish. I’m so embarrass i don’t know what to do. Iam a very clean person take shower at least twice per day. Does anybody have an idea what should i do

    • August 8, 2011 5:41 pm

      Have them check for Ureaplasma. It is common in women who get bacterial vaginosis. It has to have separate test to detect or they will just treat you for b.v.

  94. not sure permalink
    November 2, 2008 4:27 pm

    Hello everyone. I agree that all these stories are helpful. I always get my period over the weekend, as that is when my sugar pills fall, and I usually drink on the weekends. Well, it’s been two months since I last got my period (due to the particular pill i’m on, this is normal), but that last tampon I don’t remember taking out but figured I did before bed and just didn’t remember. Anyways, I have felt around up there and I don’t think there is one, but not sure. Thought I might have felt one once but then it feels like it’s just part of my vagina. I have had none of the symptoms some of you had mentioned- discharge, smell, etc. If it’s been two months since a tampon COULD have been left in and I have no discharge or smell, does that mean that I most likely do not have one up there? Or could you not have any symptoms and still possibly have one stuck? Just not sure, any thoughts?

  95. TessErin permalink
    November 3, 2008 10:45 pm

    I just recently found two tampons and I’m freaked. My last period was round October 15. I’m kind of scared about it. I’m 18 and have been using tampons for years but I’ve never found one weeks later let alone two!
    I’m scared. I’m not sure if I should tell my mom. And if I should, I won’t really have a chance until tomorrow night. I don’t know if there is reason for concern or not.
    PLEASE give me advice on what I should do.

  96. liza permalink
    November 4, 2008 3:58 pm

    Sooo I came across this page looking for health advice because I just went to “pleasure” myself and stumbled upon a tampon stuck horizontally inside of me. After realizing what it was and getting it out I was so surprised. It had been in for five days and I had had sex with it in without knowing. There was no pain during sex and there was no smell so I was lucky, but I felt so dumb…and worried. After reading these though I feel tons better. I can’t believe more people aren’t aware this happens if its so common… I feel like I should have been briefed in middle school or something…lol

  97. Sade permalink
    November 5, 2008 9:23 pm

    LOL Wow so this site made me feel so much better. A few weeks ago I was having a wierd spottign and pain in my stomach. Then I started to get a terrible smell lol and Liek the other woman said lieka dead rat. i was like omg what the hell im dying. Went to the doctor today scared ass all hell for her to be like do you know you have a tampon in lol it was stuck sideways in there for weeks I had no idea. She said no sex for 2 weeks and to come back for a checkup in 3. Never knew this could happen i wish I found this site b4 I got embaressed lol. Im using pads form now on.

  98. Beth permalink
    November 8, 2008 2:09 am

    Well, I was a bit relieved but frightened when I stumbled across this site. My last period was two weeks ago. I try to be really careful to always remember to remove used tampons before inserting new ones after finding two strings one time. I was very lucky, I removed both with no problem. But my worry began on my last day of my period two weeks ago when I went to insert a slimfit and when I did, i felt a very sharp pain, almost as if the tampon had gone all the way up to my abdomen (even though I know it can’t). Well several hours later, I removed that one and didn’t really feel any discomfort. Two days later, I had intercourse and asked my partner if he felt anything because I was still worried. He said no, so I figured I was probably okay. Well the next day, I started to get bladder infection symptoms, (I know this well because I have had many in the past) pressure, frequent urination, etc. I took 7 days of antibiotics and although I feel a little better, I am now experiencing a unique odor. An odor that I don’t normally smell. It makes me want to cross my legs and I wonder if others can smell it. It does not smell like death or anything like that, but it is a bit unpleasant because I don’t want ANY odor down there. It just is very noticeable to me. Anyway, the smell has been there the past 3 days. I was wondering if instead of a lost tampon it might be an imbalance from the antibiotics. I typically get yeast infections when taking antibiotics but this time I don’t itch and I don’t really have any unusual discharge. I am not having any cramps or brown discharge. So can this still be a lost tampon or something from the antibiotics or a still uncured UTI? Thanks so much for your input!!

  99. Leslie permalink
    November 10, 2008 9:51 pm

    so this site is both refreshing and scary… i had a lot to drink the other night.. and i ended up having sex with a good friend of mine… i am so worried about it because i am almost positive that i had a tampon in during intercourse unless i removed it while i was very intoxicated.. i’ve tried hard to find it, but i really dont feel anything.. its only been a few days.. i’ve been experiencing a stomach ache, but i think i might just be working myself up… im so embarraced of the situation, but does anyone have any advise on how to reach it if it is sideways? i have never felt around before all this, so i dont really know what normal is.. i just dont want anything bad to happen because of it.. i just recently moved so i dont even have a doctor around here so i’m not sure what to do

  100. Mia permalink
    November 12, 2008 1:57 am

    OK. I like to use those little O.B. tampons and I guess I had forgotten I put one in. I haven’t had my period in 2 weeks. Anyway, I was with a guy last night and while fingering me, he asked if I had anything in “there.” I said, “no,” that he was probably just feeling a part of my anatomy (like perhaps cervix I was thinking), but he had me stick my finger in there and I could feel something. I excused myself to the bathroom only to pull out an old tampon. I tried to play it off, but was mortified. I need to keep better track of these things.

  101. November 16, 2008 12:38 pm

    Oh, my, goodness. I feel a hundred times better after reading this.
    I’m a bit of a hypochondriac and every time I use tampons I feel that I am constantly aware of myself on the offchance that I may well get some form of TSS. I know the symptoms intimately as I memorised them in case it would happen.

    I used a pearl tampon yesterday afternoon and forgot about it until 2 this morning: it must have been in there around 10-12 hours. Eugh. When I removed it, the top looked frayed and it did look shorter than they normally look when I remove them (as it’s an applicator, I don’t know what they look like when I put them in…), but I couldn’t be sure as I’d never used this absorbency before. I normally use normal tampons, but I’d borrowed this one from a friend so wasn’t entiiirely sure what it should look like. I had a guddle around but I have stupidly small hands and no boyfriend to ask for help (though whether he’d help me if I did is a whole nother issue entirely) so I couldn’t find anything. I’m not sure what it should feel like, either! I freaked out and have been checking for a fever all day in case of TSS (arg, no sign of it yet). Have been googling this kind of thing all afternoon and after reading this whole page I am feeling relieved. I am horrifically squeamish and have no intention of going to the doctor unless I have some kind of adverse reaction in the next few days. If I was right, though, I am not looking forward to “giving birth” to the tip of that tampon…

    Thank you for making me laugh, I am far less worried! Hope the problems resolve themselves 🙂

    • Heather permalink
      April 8, 2009 11:26 am

      this exact thing happened to me this morning. it looks like you received some sort of answer. can you tell me what happened? i’m freaking out!!!

    • June 29, 2009 1:46 pm

      Nothing – it was fine! I examined all the tampons I used from then on and they always look slightly frayed at the end.

  102. Lila permalink
    November 24, 2008 9:35 pm

    I think that I will become a record setter here, unfortunately for me.
    2 month ago my daughter went into hospital and had a surgery and it all was overall very stressful experience for all of us. While she was still there I got my period and after that the nightmare of black discharge with the horrid smell. I blamed it on stress, I thought that something is going on with my hormonal balance. I tried to make an appointment with my doc but she was backed up for awhile and I was crazy with 3 toddlers and only finally got my GYN appointment set for today. Last night I was searching the info about smelly, dark discharge on the Internet and came across this topic. Today I explained everything to my and told her, that I suspect that this could be an old tampon issue, but she replied, that she’d smell me all the way from the hallway if it was. As soon as we got to the exam part she said: “You know, you were right, there’s a tampon there!” and looked in my papers and said: “Your period was only a week ago, so it’s not too old”, and I said, that I’m pretty sure that this one is from September…
    The bottom line is that I got very lucky – no infection and even with that our sex life wasn’t so bad :0)))
    But it’s all very embarrassing anyway. I decided not to tell to my husband what really happened.

  103. Tracy permalink
    November 27, 2008 10:01 pm

    well now i dont feel as much of an idiot as i did before. Ended my period 1 1/2 weeks ago… apparently forgot to take my last tampon out, or put another one in and pushed one farther up and dont remember. I dont know.. anyways.. got drunk and ended up having sex with one of my best friends after his frat party. All during sex I noticed a really bad smell, and didnt know if it was me or him, but noticed slight bleeding afterwords and some discharge. I credited the bleeding with the soreness- him being well endowed. The discharge because it was right after my period. Well last night I got into the bathtub and noticed something a lil off… fished around.. and found a week and a half old tampon that smelled HORRIBLE! Freaked out and slightly embarrassed now… Was worried about TSS but no symptoms thus far- still wondering if I should tell him… im sure he was wondering what the smell was too…. SO EMBARRASSING!

  104. nicole permalink
    November 28, 2008 7:43 am

    ok so here is my delima had a baby by c-sec 10wks ago went in for check up at 7wks did pap came back perfect made me wait 2 more wks to get iud do to unprot sex so about 2 days or so later started my period and on last day had sex hurt so bad i stopped then went for iud hurt going in 2 days later up all night puking headache and pain called went in they took it out thinkn i rejected it they swabbed me and sent me home with pain meds next day started gushn blood never bleed so bad went to er with horrific pain did pelvic screamed and cussed they did a ct and blood work thinkn they would find the bv hadnt startd the antib yet the nurse came in said no infects i thought that was strange and then came back askn if i had a tampon in cus the ct tech had askedi said no but then told her i really dont remember if i took out the last 1 so they didnt give me any answers said it was a bad yr for me and it was poss a blod clot sent me home with pain meds again and didnt mention anything else about a tampon this was about a wk ago still suffern bad pains stomach is swollen takn antib and not going away so now im wondern if it is possible they could have did 2 exams and put in an iud and this whole time ive had a tampon stuck cus y did they ask me that unless if it was a thought that was what it could of been and not a blood clot i have a nasty smell and bad pains like a cyst or infect in my tubes or something now am kinda havn that feeln u get if u put in a tampon and ur not bleedn enough to wear it or take it out to soon help i cant handle this pain anymore

  105. nicole permalink
    November 28, 2008 7:45 am

    oh yeah they called after iud came out sayn i had a bv infec and gave me antib but hosp never found 1 even though i hadnt started them yet

  106. nicole permalink
    November 28, 2008 7:46 am

    oh yeah they called after the iud came out and said they found a bv infect

  107. Rose permalink
    December 2, 2008 11:55 pm

    I had a really bad smelly vagina gor weeks and my mother thought it was thursh.
    I had no idea what it was since i was having two showers a day.
    Today I was sitting in my underwear on the floor legs crossed.
    I suddenly noticed a string i puled it out and it was covered in this white stuff.
    It smelt so bad.
    IT wouldve been in there for 3-4 weeks.
    Im Really scared i have TSS.
    What Should I do?

  108. justagirl permalink
    December 3, 2008 11:54 am

    To Rose,

    I would go to the doctor. Though some of these people say that they left their tampon in for months and then laugh it off as a joke, its not. Since its sounds like you can talk to your mother about, do so and then go to a doctor. If you are scared of the OBGYN or the emergency room, then go to a general practitioner(your family doctor) if you have one, and let them check on you. It sounds like the safest option. If it is smelly and white, that means that there is an infection and the your body was trying to fight it off right? That sounds like you need to go to the doctor. I am not an expert in any way, only an 18 year old girl. This site has made me feel better since just this morning I realized that I had left my tampon in about 14 hours. I freaked out at first, talked to my sister and she told me to relax, that a few hours isn’t a big deal but a few days is. I am still going to keep watch to check if I get symptoms. I am sure that I won’t but I am still going to be careful. These online people may make you feel better, but many of them find this stuff, not to be a joke neccessarily, but they don’t seem to realize the gravity their issues, they just basically say, well that sucked, also you don’t know the outcome of these people’s stories because these things just happened to them, they just pulled out their tampons, and think well that is the end of that. Everything is hear say, you don’t know these people, and everything I say is hear say because you don’t know me and you don’t have to take my advice. But i would say to use more common sense, look for symptoms, ask your mother, and go to the doctor. If you go to the doctor and are completely fine they you will know that for sure, which will ease your mind more than this site.
    ( I promise that I am not judging anyone, and your stories helped to make me feel more comfortable and I am glad that everyone shared their stories, but I think that most of you will agree that if she can go to the doctor, it would be in her best interest to do so.

  109. jessica permalink
    December 7, 2008 7:19 am

    Last night I was with my bf and we had sex and i forgot to take my tampon out and i try to reach it but i cant find it… what can i do? pls help me

  110. Jason permalink
    December 8, 2008 6:54 pm

    As a thirt-two-year-old hetero male, I thought my threshold for tolerance of gynecological detail was pretty high. When I get done typing this, I’m going to collapse on the floor of my closet, curl into a fetal position, and whimper mindlessly to myself for at least twelve hours.

  111. anon permalink
    December 9, 2008 6:19 pm

    glad im not the only daft1
    a few months back i was really drunk. i thought i had taken my tampon out and me and my bf had rough sex(very drunk) the next day we had sex again. by the following day there was a terrible smell(i was still on my period so continued to insert other tampons)by the next morning the smell was awful. i said to my boyfriend who agreed(i never smell down there and my bf says i have the cleanest he has known)anyway he tried to find it as i have a phobia about the feeling ov the inside ov my vagina
    nothing!! so reluctantly went to uni and carried on my day still using tampons. omg the smell when i went to the toilet was awful(this was b4 i even took anytampons out(it hit u like pooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwww<lol thats the only way i can explain it
    so i went home asked my bf to look again
    1 hour, me screamng coz he was poking about that much and hurrayyyy out he pulled a tampon….the smell was the worst smell i had ever smelt. awful. like death. the smell stayed for hours honestly
    it was such a relief
    needless t say ive never used them since
    dont wana risk tht again

  112. Lynne Cordero permalink
    December 11, 2008 7:17 pm

    Oh I sure am glad I stumbled across this while googling. I usually have heavy periods, on and off, this one was particularly heavy, and in these cases I always use the “super absorbancy Tampax”. Well, I was inserting one today in the midst of being rushed, and lo and behold, I shoved the thing so far up there, the string also got tangled at the top. Now for those who think I can just reach my little fingers up there, lock hold, and pull, well I tried this, and let me just say, it has been sucked into the abyss. Does anyone have any ideas? I have no car, and am not about to call an ambulance or cab to the emergency room late at night for something like this. Maybe tweezers? Thanks

  113. Susanna permalink
    December 15, 2008 3:32 am

    Jason, why are you and the other men here reading this? I’m not saying you shouldn’t, but what’s the attraction? Is this a user’s manual? Did you expect postings of vagina photos?

  114. Christina permalink
    December 21, 2008 7:44 pm

    Wow thank god for this blog!! I went to my doc 8 days ago because of an odour that I noticed right after my period ended…. I was mega paranoid that I had left a tampon in there as I felt some discomfort once my boyfriend and I had sex after it was over. She did an exam and took some samples… she told me that she could not see anything and told me it was Bacterial Vaginosis and put me on Metronizadale for a week. I told her my odour wasn’t fishy, but foul. But still she insisted after a 30 second examination, it was BV.

    So after a week and there were no results, I started to think I may have chronic BV. Then by chance, I went back to the lost tampon theory of mine and began researching. I read that if you sit on the toilet and elevate your feet, knees pointing in the air (I used a bucket), and push, your body may naturally expel what your fingers can’t reach. Lo and behold after one minute I could reach in and feel the end of the tampon, just as Dr. Gurley described (THANK YOU!!!. I am going back to my doc tomorrow to let her know and to see if there are any other measures I should take to restore my natural balance. I’m so relieve,and yet furious that I had the right diagnosis in the first place.

  115. Susanna permalink
    December 22, 2008 10:20 am

    Christina, wrap the tampon in plastic and take it with you!

  116. So Worried... permalink
    December 22, 2008 12:57 pm

    “Should I go to ER???”

    I found a tampon that was lost for weeks.
    It was actually my boyfriend who had found it and it’s so embarrassing… (didn’t tell him what it was..)
    Then later I removed it myself a couple of days ago but I feel nauseous and have this cramp pain in the stomach… I’m dying to see a gyn but obviously I cannot at the moment because it’s holiday… And I feel too embarrassed to go to ER…

    I just started taking anti-biotics and I hope this will help. Anyone any advice?? I’m so scared…

  117. Cheyenne permalink
    December 22, 2008 5:05 pm

    I think I may have a tampon stuck inside me! I can’t feel it with my fingers, but I can feel the shape of the tampon behind the tissue inside me. I’ve read that you can’t lose a tampon inside you because there’s nowhere for it to go, but I swear it’s up there! I can almost feel it in my abdomen. I don’t know what to do, I’m freaking out!! I had my boyfriend check it out, but he says it’s not there. I know I put one in this morning, and I didn’t take it out, but I did have a BM and he said maybe it came out then but I don’t think so. I’m scared!! Is there any possible way for it to go in the cervix? Because it almost feels like the tampon is behind that wall. Is the cervix usually hard? Because mine is. PLEASE SOMEONE WITH SOME KNOWLEDGE HELP ME!!

  118. Sally permalink
    January 2, 2009 6:26 am

    OMG! This has helped so MUCH!!

    My last period was 3 weeks ago, on the last day I got MEGA drunk (notice a theme here ladies? lol) and had sex with a friend.

    Next morning I couldnt find a tampon and presumed I’d removed it, I do remember removing one that night but didnt realise I must have put another in (Yes I was that damn drunk!!)

    So since then I’ve had lots of sex and it started to really smell after we were finished, to the point where we’d both kinda make excuses to leave the room!! (i’m going for a smoke! Oh yeah me too!!)

    Sooooo last night me and my friend were hooking up again and the smell was just DISGUSTING but I’ve had no discharge so presumed that I was just washing too much and giving myself an inbalance, he mentioned it might be a “foreign object” but said he couldnt feel anything. I was blaming him for the smell, he was blaming me. Aguments happened and he walked home at 4am 😦 at this point I decided to check myself and low and behold I find a tampon.

    This smell is something I will NEVER forget. I washed my hands about 20 times, I showered, I have had every product known to man on my hands to get rid of the smell but it just will not go!! Evil. Pure evil.

    Been to see the doc today and he’s given me some anti biotics so relieved its all sorted.

    Its made me feel so stupid and embarrassed.

  119. Betty permalink
    January 7, 2009 12:01 pm

    I am so glad to find this site. I have had so many laughs that it’s easier now to forget that horrible odor.

    Here’s my story… Had a very heavy period, went away over the holiday. Since it was heavy, I used so many tampons I couldn’t keep track. The flow lessened after 4 days and the period was over. Then during sex the other night, I smelt something disgusting, like many of you I thought it was my husband. The next day I saw a brownish drainage in my panties and thought maybe we were too rough or that my hormones were changing so I wore a pad. I did notice that the smell of the blood was different but let it go. The next day my 7 yo dgtr and I are sitting on her bed. I say ” Ughhhh, I smell butt! Did you wipe yourself and wash your hands?” I then procedure to smell her hands and outside of her pants- no funky odor. Poor kid! I’m smelling our feet- nothing. Check the garbage pail- nothing. Then I go to the bathroom, more brown stinky drainage. later something said “check for a tampon” There was nothing, but I didn’t go so deep. I had a douche in the house and used it thinking it was old period drainage that needed to be rinsed away. After that I had more brown stinky drainage- not less. I then though “oh my gosh, let me dig for a tampon” It was curved horizontally behind my cervix. Sooooo freakin disgusting. Like everyone siad- the smell was mortifying .It is amazing we all thought the smell was like something died- it really was. And like the others- it took several washings with strong soap to get the odor away. I couldn’t tell my husband, I was sooo embarassed and grossed out . I just wanted the whole thing to be over with. Of course I apologized to my dgtr and took credit for the smell, but didn’t give any details. It’s the next day and what a difference, I am so thrilled! THe best laugh here was the camping trip story, blaming her husband for a smelly but. I laughed so hard!
    Hey- we learn something everyday- Hope this never happens to anyone again!

  120. vivian permalink
    January 9, 2009 7:53 pm

    God bless all you people and your stories!!! Just fished mine out after having the worst week ever because of odorous vag. Had drunken sex on the last day of my period and assumed I had removed the tampon because I ALWAYS remember to remove the tampon ESP. before sex. But yah, so drunk I forgot. Never even thought it could be that. I googled vagina odor and spent a night reading on WEB MD about STDs. I’ve been freaked out all week. They didn’t even mention it could be a tampon. Then I”m driving home tonight from work thinking, HEY, maybe I didn’t take it out. Now that I think about it, I never did have the usual end of my period. It just stopped. Usually when I stop bleeding I have a day or two of brownish discharge. But that didn’t happen this time. Suffice to say not a good beginning of the year worrying about pregnancy and STDs. Anyway, I just took it out an hour ago so I’m hoping the smell will go away soon. The tampon itself didn’t even really smell – it was hardly bled on and was pretty easy to get out. My vag didn’t even smell THAT bad – but it was a “different” smell. So it was completely foreign and disgusting to me. The tampon had been in for 9 days. I think it’s important to be aware of your scent and to be on top of things when they suddenly change. I knew something was wrong I just didn’t know what it was. Have learned my lesson. Again, God Bless All of you for sharing. Makes a world of difference to know I’m not alone. Only wish I found this site earlier.

  121. Lynne permalink
    January 11, 2009 6:59 pm

    Well, girls.. I wish I could say I was drunk and forgot..but I don’t drink…I’m just a dope…I was having sex with my husband and he was “down” there and he bopped up and told me there was SOMETHING IN THERE! I haven’t had my period for about three weeks! But there was no smell…until of course, I TOOK IT OUT! It was horrible….I’m monitoring how I feel though. It just seems like some funky bacteria can be released. I still don’t know how this happened.

  122. Tina permalink
    January 12, 2009 1:28 am

    OMG! I cant believe this has happened to so many of us.So Friday, i was on like the first day of my period and had minimal bleeding so i did put in a regular tampon, but had a guy im dating come over…and we ended up having sex.I’d gone out earlier so i was drunk too..and forgot to take it out.The next day Im thinking..did i put in a tampon last night? I decided..nooooo cuz how could i have had sex if i had a tampon in there…it wouldnt have worked…hmmm apparently you can have sex with a tampon in you.

    Today i was noticing that i smelled a bit of a foul odor down there.First i thought, well period smell isnt that great most times anyways..but i could smell it through my clothes and thats i went to the bathroom..hopped in the shower and searched around…finally found something i got ahold of…luckily it was the string.PUlled it out and there was the smelly culprit.

    Im glad that i found it within 2 days tho.sheesh.Good times.good times.

  123. embarrassed beyond belief! permalink
    January 14, 2009 6:59 pm

    I am soooooo glad I found this site, but wish I would have found it sooner. I had sex with my hubby last night and there was this awful odor, plus a lot of blood. I had finished my period last week so I didn’t think about a tampon. I do have fibroids so I immediately called the dr and they saw me immediately. The dr opens me up and low and behold, pulls out a tampon. I was mortified to say the least. But reading the other posts makes me feel a lot less ridiculous. Thanks for sharing everyone!!

  124. Hildegarde Freundenberger permalink
    January 15, 2009 5:47 am

    The string of my tampon did break. I managed to fish the bloody thing out nonetheless -after it had remained stuck inside me for God knows how long- but there was absolutely no trace of the string. Did it get so soaked that it shrank or did some voodoo thing happen inside me? By the way, Jason, reply 113, good “collapsing on the floor and mindless whimpering”. That’ll teach you to put your manly nose where it doesn’t belong. Ha! Ha! Ha!

  125. me in wisconsin permalink
    January 15, 2009 10:36 pm

    im thinking i may have lost a tampon about 4 or 5 days ago, but i have a slight pain (not a pain, but a feeling) right where my cervix would be. i put my fingers up there and felt something hard all the way at the top. is that normal or is that the missing tampon? i dont make a habit of putting my fingers up there, but i was surprised to feel something hard up there. is the cervix hard? im not having a bad smell yet and no real pain. i just feel really full. can someone please write back? i cant tell what it is in there! unlike most of you, i dont get drunk and havent had sex in a long time (several months!)

  126. Mel permalink
    January 17, 2009 11:32 pm

    Wisconsin: I would go to a doctor asap. The longer that thing stays in there the more likely you will develop and infection.

  127. me in wisconsin permalink
    January 17, 2009 11:37 pm

    thanks mel, i plan to go monday, when the kids are at school! i HOPE that is all that is wrong with me and that it isnt some disease or cancer or something real horrible!

  128. emily permalink
    January 19, 2009 5:31 pm

    oh my god. there are so many insane stories on here…gross.

    here’s what i have to say: LADIES, BEWARE OF THE O.B. TAMPON.

    you know, the small ones that expand in your vagina? they don’t have an applicator and you have to pull the string out from the tampon before you put it in.

    absentmindedly i was putting a tampon in this morning, an ob one of course. about 2 seconds after it was comfortably in my vagina and i couldn’t feel it, the realization hit me.

    i had not pulled the string out!

    this tiny little tampon was in my vagina, and i couldn’t. get. it out. i tried looking for it with my fingers, but to no avail. needless to say, i started to panic and say, “oh shit, oh shit, oh shit.” from the other room, my boyfriend asked me if everything was okay, and i said yes, but he knows when i am lying and he could sense the panic in my voice. so he kept asking me, what’s wrong, what’s wrong, just tell me. i finally gave in and quickly said “i got a tampon stuck in my vagina and i can’t get it out.” he then seemed very sympathetic, asked me if it hurt, asked me if he could do anything. i said absolutely not, there’s no way you’re getting involved in this. i said i was going to try going to urgent care. i called the nearest urgent care center. it would have been $40 to get it removed. i was not willing to pay this much! my boyfriend left the house to go with his friend to the beach, and i was bitter and sad because i was supposed to go with them. so i stayed home, and decided i was just going to try to do it myself!

    so i sat in the “childbirthing” position for about 15 minutes, trying to force it out. i tried to put tweezers up there. ow! i felt like i was pushing it further if i put my fingers in. i was about to put on my clothes and just head straight to urgent care! i tell you, i was losing it. then i thought about gravity and how it would be easier if i stood up and tried to “force it out” (and this is all accompanied with grunting and pushing like i was a woman in labor!!!) i started to feel the tampon come down my vagina a little bit, and i just kept pushing and pushing without putting my fingers up there. finally i took the shower head, which is one of those ones that disconnects, and ran some water up there to try and “loosen” it. then i went back to that same standing position (over the toilet) and pushed some more. i could feel it getting closer! then at last i saw the “head” and i reached in with my fingers and pulled it out. i was so relieved! i couldn’t believe i had just ruined my morning over it though, and my boyfriend and his friend were happily enjoying the beach while i had just “given birth” to a tampon.

    i guess i’m ready to have kids now!

    also, i’m never using an o.b. tampon, ever again.

    • Eve permalink
      June 11, 2009 12:23 pm

      Unfortunately OB is the *only* tampon that works for me, the rest are just not absorbent enough. Also unfortunately I had the SAME experience the other night, for the first time in my 40-something years.

      Like many of you, last Sat night I had a few drinks and decided to take full advantage of a lovely hotel room with my bf despite the fact that it was a heavy day of my period. Thought I took the tampon out, had a great romantic time, got up and put another tampon in, went on with life. By Monday night there was a foul odor, not the “normal” slight odor that comes with menstrual blood. Sex was a bit uncomfortable and I was really tired. I suffered through this until yesterday afternoon when I did a bit of internet research and lo and behold this website came up!

      I couldn’t believe it, no way did I leave a tampon in there since..Saturday night?! But I sat on the toilet, bore down and dove in..gulp…pulled out the most disgusting bloody thing, smell was horrific! No white pus, just clots and horrible nastiness. *shudder*

      Since them I’m a bit sore from the groping, spotting in the “normal” way at the end of my cycle, there’s still a slight odor but nothing like it was. I’ll wait a day or so and if it doesn’t completely go away I’ll be making a call to the doctor.

      *shaking head* I can’t believe this has happened to so many of us! As embarrassing as it is, I’m going to sit down and have a conversation with my daughters about this, I never knew it could happen so easily!

  129. emily permalink
    January 19, 2009 5:36 pm

    by the way, the process of me birthing the tampon took, all in all, 26 minutes. i timed it! not sure why, but i just did. i just thought i would let you guys know in case that ever happens to you, that in less than half an hour (or probably less than twenty minutes, if you have stronger vagina muscles) you can take care of the situation WITHOUT paying the $40 or $500 it costs to go to the ER!! just remember, try to soak your vagina with water and PUSH!

  130. me in wisconsin permalink
    January 20, 2009 1:27 pm

    lol, this is so silly… so i went to the doctor, after reading everything on the internet and having convinced myself that i had cancer… and they checked out everything. no lost tampon, no female parts issues – nothing! ut still, that weird pain!

    well, as it turns out, my symptoms seem to be a result of the new meds i started taking january 5th – concerta!

    i feel so ridiculous!

  131. julie permalink
    January 22, 2009 1:59 pm

    so thank god for this website. I had been noticing a slight smell, nothing too bad, but i kept feeling pressure down there. today on my way back home from class i felt like there was something coming out of me. I freaked out got home and looked in the mirror, I saw a white round thing, pulled, and it was a tampon. it smelled awful and i immediately thought i was going to die of tss. It had been in for over two weeks! i remembered that at the end of my period i had a small tampon in, and then in the morning i remembered waking up thinking, shit i left it in too long. but when i looked it wasnt there. I had sex with my bf later that day, went on a cruise and everything. Never thought anything of it. i called planned parenthood and she said that i would have gotten tss when it was inside me, but since it worked its way out i was fine. thank goodness!

  132. Emerald permalink
    January 23, 2009 1:06 am

    I noticed an aweful smelling, brownish discharge coming out of my vagina especially during my period and during sex. I decided to visit a quick walk in clinic since it would take over a month to get into my regular physician and when I described my symptoms to her she told me to do a self-swab to test for Bacterial Vaginosis. The test proved to be negative and I was really dissapointed because I was still experiencing the foul smelling discharge. So I decided to go to another doc and told him my symptoms again and he decided to test for STD’s through a urine test, which came up negative again. Then one evening my boyfriend found a lost tampon that was causing the foul discharge. The tampon was up so far that it was impossible for him nor I to detect it sooner. The reason Im writing this is to imform people that it is possible for a person to lose a tampoon and for it to go unnoticed for months even for sexually active couples. I recommend that when you go to the doctor, save yourselve the trouble and insist they do the swab themselves as they will be able to see inside the vagina and notice any abnormalities that you wouldn’t be able to look for on your own. My only concern now is whether I will need to go on antibiotics since the tampoon was left in for so long. Any suggestions?

  133. Christelle permalink
    January 27, 2009 7:17 pm

    Well I went out to my girlfriend’s Birthday Party on a Saturday nite, was having a few drinks, and went home. I knew that I changed my tampon that evening, but having had a little too much to drink, I thought I had removed my tampon as I usually do this b4 sleeping and replace with a napkin. anyhoo, me and my BF had sex that nite. The next day I was ok, but had stopped bleeding and I so thought I was done cuz it had been the 5th day of my period. Then all day on monday I was bleeding a little bit here and there, and it had a really foul smell, I asked my BF if he had felt anything during sex, he said no, I just couldn’t remember if I removed it, I kept wondering so I felt around up there a bit, and sure enough I’d felt one but couldn’t get it out. So akward enough, I asked him if he could try, so he did and hooray… it came out! So Gross….But I feel fine, just don’t drink and forget!!

  134. steph permalink
    February 10, 2009 12:37 pm

    hello there,
    what a relief! this website has managed to calm me down! i went to the doctors a week ago thinking that i had bacterial vaginosis and was prescribed a weeks course of antibiotics. as the the course has nearly finished but there have been no improvements, i had the lurking feeling that this foul, disgusting, god awful smell was due to a forgotten tampon, and i was correct! i removed it promptly and i was so angry with myself for being so stupid and careless and i was also extremely concerned for my health. however after coming on this website and seeing that this problem is perhaps more common than i thought, i feel quite relieved. however i think its best for me to consult my doctor (however embarrasing that may be) just to be safe. xxx

  135. Lara permalink
    February 11, 2009 12:13 pm


    Get this, seriously! I left one in for three days accidentally as it went too far up and I forgot about it. Afterwards I noticed an unpleasant odour and discharge (but no pain nor itching). Like many ladies I figured it would subside now the tampon was out and wore panty liners to help keep the discharge “containable” (so it wouldn’t leak through my jeans!)and to keep the area as dry as possible.

    But it just got worse. I called the doc and begged him to prescribe something and fax it through to the pharmacy so I wouldn’t have to be examined after stating I knew of the cause and he did!

    Four days into a course of Metronidazole anti-biotics and tonight I went to the loo (Two weeks after removing the tampon) to find a bloodied bit of string dangling there!!!! I pulled out a SECOND tampon and there was no blood on it, just the white mucous. It was still in tact and I flushed it immediately. I am assuming I should stay on the anti-biotics and that they are helping my body to deal with any possible infection. I have three good days left to take the full course so here’s hoping I’ll be alright.

    It’s put me off a bit too from wearing tampons in future but maybe after this scare I’ll be a lot more vigilant!! Thanks for all your stories as I feel confident I’m not alone now and that the body is quite good at tackling foreign objects!

  136. February 12, 2009 1:20 pm

    Man, i must have a million folds in my vag…The first time something got “lost” in the folds it was a tampon. i had this foul smell following me around for days before i realized it was me. My BF at the time was like, “babe your sick” because there was brown on the condom….RUSHED to the doctor sure i was dying and she removed a tampon…OMG who knew. I have had condoms get “lost” as well…The latest is i started using sponge tampons (love em btw) but had sex with em in for the first time(i was told i could)and guess what? Yup, “lost” in the folds so i am wearing a pad and waiting for it to make it’s exit. I have found it takes a few days for the folds to release their prisoner…IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I CAN DO? I don’t want to pay for a doctors visit just for them to go splunkering but that seems like the only quick option…errrrgggh what issues like this do men have…

  137. Karen permalink
    February 12, 2009 5:58 pm

    Dear ME, This may be more gross than you want to deal with, but the best way to get that sucker out is to go fishing yourself! Mine would probably still be in there if I had not done so. Good luck …

  138. Caitlyn permalink
    February 14, 2009 1:38 pm

    I’m starting to think that i’ve forgot to take out my tampon sometime last week and had sex on top of that…
    What kind of symptoms arise if u have a tampon lost inside you??
    I feel like i have an UTI and my legs are feeling funny – tingly/ feels like its constantly falling asleep…
    please help!
    thanxs!!! 🙂

  139. Worried Em permalink
    February 14, 2009 8:04 pm

    Ok, I have just sat and read every post from top to bottom and now I am pretty sure of what is wrong with me.
    I am currently lying in a hospital bed hooked up to a drip being treated for a severe fever and tonsilitus, i cannot eat, drink or take medication because my tonsils are so inflammed.
    Whilst laying here since yesterday morning, I have noticed dampness between my legs and during the course of the day a fishy smell getting stronger and stronger, I have been to the bathroom on many occassions, washed myself and within 5 minutes I begin to smell again.
    So, whilst I had the opertunity of the internet in my hospital room, I decided to google my symptoms and came across ‘LOST TAMPON’
    As soon as I read it, I knew what I had done, Tuesday night I inserted a tampon and went to work as usual, (Im a dancer and work in a bar) during the course of the night I had quite a few drinks, returned home at the end of my shift and had sex with my boyfriend. Woops, until this very minute I hadn’t even realised I had a tampon still inside me. I didnt notice anything wrong with me on Wednesday and then Thursday morning I woke up feeling very low (I have a bad immune system and when I get a cold I always suffer from tonsilitus) I was bed ridden on friday and addmitted into hospital Saturday morning because I was unable to take medication via oral.
    After 6 bottles of medication running through me I feel loads better in myself however the smell down below is getting stronger.
    Now I know I need to go and look for a tampon I cannot sleep, I am still hooked up on a drip and it would be practically impossible to start fishing around in the hospital bathroom with tubes coming out of my wrists, I am embarressed everytime the nurse comes to check on me wondering if she can smell what I can, I just want to go and get it out but I am going to have to wait…

  140. Relieved permalink
    February 15, 2009 10:40 pm

    Yesterday I had the most beautiful and romantic day with my boyfriend. He planned it all out and it was perfect. My period had just ended, but since I was wearing a skimpy dress, I decided to keep a tampon in- just in case. Last night we had sex and I completely spaced that my tampon was still in there. This afternoon I was going to the bathroom, and it suddenly hit me that I had been wearing a tampon last night. I began to panic, sticking my finger up there. I reached very far and finally felt something hard. I was so so scared, I had no idea what to do. I was so embarrassed and didn’t want to call the hospital. I got online and researched “stuck tampon”. The articles I found really helped me a lot. I just sat on my toilet, stuck my pointer and middle fingers up there next to each other, and tried to trap the tampon. I ended up playing with it for quite awhile. I could feel it, but because my hands are so small and how far up it was stuck, it was very difficult. I finally got ahold of the string. I was so relieved after I pulled it out. The best advice I can give is to calm down. My heart was pounding so hard I could barely think at first. So remember to breathe and know that you CAN remove it!

  141. Susan permalink
    February 18, 2009 9:35 am

    I knew something was wrong when my dog started following me around and trying to constantly sniff and lick me everytime I changed and driving me nuts.. then he was sniffing my laudry and I wondered if i had some kind of infection, but didn’t feel bad.. No I didn’t let him lick me, but dogs will do this to stop an infection.. he only followed my boyfriend around after we had sex.. so I knew it must be me.. My nephew had an infected toe once and the dog would not leave him alone. I too had blamed my boyfriend for the smell, but on the day my next period started I showed and noticed the tampon stuck up high. Thank god my dog is more aware than I am or it may still be up there.

  142. Sarah permalink
    February 22, 2009 3:02 am

    Good lord that was an awful experience!

    About a week ago I got pretty drunk and ended up having sex with my fiance in his little brother’s bed. The next morning I couldn’t find my tampon anywhere. Usually I just put it on the floor to dispose of later, but this time I just couldn’t find it. I was soooo embarassed and worried that his lil bro would find it after I left.

    Needless to say since then I have been having a really foul brownish discharge. I didn’t think anything of it, but my “lost tampon” never left my mind. For whatever reason I decided to feel around up there tonight and sure enough I felt the tampon. I couldn’t reach it well enough and really paniced.

    Thanks to all of these responses I finally got it out.

    What worked best for me was to squat and push down as if you are pooping. Don’t feel around too much because you will push the tampon further up. After about 5 min of squatting and pushing I was able to pull the sucker out.

    Have air freshener ready – it really does STINK!!

    • lost my tanpon too :( permalink
      April 3, 2009 11:35 am

      drunk night last night… sex with a tampon in…. not a good idea as you girls know now.
      Goodmorning – Hung over – and HAVE TO GET IT OUT!!
      i tried jumping up and down… i dont think this helped that much.(my girl friend had a tampon fall out jumping on a trampolene one time… suprise suprise bounce bounce, but i thought it might help)
      dont poke around a lot up there, you will just push it in more… I think this squat and push works… be patient! give it 5 min pushing… like your giving birth to a stinky ol’ tampon. or your excercizing your vaj. muscles.
      get some water for the hang over, and whatever you do make sure anything you try and get it out with is clean, i know we all know… i just wanted to say it.
      GOT IT OUT!!!!!… why did that take me an hour and a half? ha ha
      tip: if you can grab it a little bit with your fingers but cant pull it out… use your super strong vaj. muscles and push while you pull with your fingers… works like a charm. But im NEVER doing the naughty when im on my rag ever again!
      Go Girls Go!! We are all troopers!

  143. Greatful permalink
    February 25, 2009 12:17 am

    I just wanted to say how greatful I am for all of these stories.

    I was having similar symptoms as many of you and was really worried. When I went to the clinic to get checked out he told me it was a yeast infection and not to worry.

    Today I found the tampon after it being there for likely 1 and 1/2 weeks (so embarassing). When I found it I panicked and got hot and lightheaded (two syptoms of TSS). So, I frantically searched the internet for answers and found this site.

    Once I read all of your stories I was able to calm down. I really felt so relived and like I was not alone. My temperature is back down and I’m feeling clear-headed.

    I will certainly go to my family doctor first thing tomorrow but thanks to this site and all your stories I will be able to sleep tonight.

    Thank you to everyone who posted! I am so greatful!

  144. Alisha permalink
    February 27, 2009 4:08 pm

    Ok, about two days ago, I started my period.. I fell asleep last night about 4am and woke up this morning about 12pm, and couldnt remember if I had taken out my tampon or not. I thought it was weird that if I actually didnt put one in before I went to bed, why was there no blood on my undies or on the bed.. So, I tried to “fish” around for it, I could feel a string.. but I have Mirena (birth control thats placed up there), I’m scared to pull on that string and it would turn out to be my IUD and tear up my insides. Embarassing but, I used a toy to see if I could feel something pushing up past where the toy would be.. I didn’t notice anything different. Then, my boyfriend and I had sex, I still didnt feel anything then. I tried “fishing” around for it again, I started bleeding again.. and it does have a bit of an off smell.. Now, that I have read all of your stories, I’m going to try and soak in the bathtub for a bit and see if I can feel it.. If that doesnt work, I’ll ask my boyfriend too and if he doesnt feel it, then I will head to the OBGYN, which sucks cause I was just at the hospital last night for a possible strep throat (wasnt that or mono.. turned out as just a viral thing). So, having a chance of a stuck tampon and having this viral thing… ah, it sucks!

    Good luck to all you ladies that has this same problem!

  145. elizabeth permalink
    February 28, 2009 12:12 am

    My flow is so heavy I always wore two tampons at the same time.

    One month I got the continuous flow of rusty colored discharge after my period was supposed to be over…

    Then one night after my next period started already, as i was removing my usual two tampons, a third came out as well!!

    Since then – which was months ago – I keep thinking I have another one in there. I’ve been having persistent yeast infections and a foul smell at the end of my period. No discharge, though. And I’ve dug around many times. So I’m not sure if I’m just being paranoid.

    The one thing that bothers me is since then, when my period starts, it takes a while to kick in, and when it does, it seems like there are little cottony balls in the bowl after I pee…

    Ugh, i have no insurance or money for the doctor. I guess I’m going to keep digging around…I did try the squatting, etc, but don’t really understand the “behind the cervix” instruction. Gonna try to look at a diagram.

    Doc Gurley is amazing – her video about this is awesome.

  146. pamela permalink
    March 1, 2009 3:08 am

    this in in regards to not losing diva cups……….

    I discovered my diva cup was missing last menstrual cycle and figured I lost it, and to my surprise after putting up with brown spotting for the past weeks and a terrible smell that it was still inside me, it’s been 2 months in there i know this is messed up i am shocked, however, menstruating right now, no smell at all, so we’ll see, just pulled it out 1hr ago, had a bath, no cup for me this cycle, good ol’ fashion pads,

    I was starting to get feverish and extremely fatigued that past few days, also peeing a lot,

    I honestly can’t believe i forgot it, I just thought i took it out and misplaced it,

    then the smell made me do some Internet research and some chick was talking about the smell and having a tampon stuck in her, i reached in and bang there it was not even full of blood either!!!

    I almost past out!!!

  147. Laura permalink
    March 1, 2009 8:55 pm

    So I had a horrifying experience like many of you here. I had my period this last week, and one of the days I must have gotten the string of the tampon stuck up there and put a second one in when I didn’t notice a string hanging down. Anyway, I got it out today, and I think it was probably in there for 2 or 3 days, judging on when I noticed the smell. My boyfriend and I were planning a romantic getaway for this week, and my question is whether or not I should have sex this soon afterwards. I mean I’m experiencing no symptoms and the smell is gone, but am I putting myself or him (even though we use condoms) at risk for any kind of infection? Any advice would be so appreciated!!

  148. Susanna permalink
    March 2, 2009 12:25 am

    Laura, condoms should be sufficient.

    And anyway, why postpone a romantic getaway just because you maybe can’t have intercourse? If it feels funny, then you will just hold hands. Now that’s romantic!

  149. Laura permalink
    March 2, 2009 9:02 am

    Thanks for both pieces of advice!

  150. Worried permalink
    March 2, 2009 9:07 pm

    Alright so I read alot of peoples comments, and i feel a little better but still concerned. I read some blogs that said it is not possible but I KNOW from EXPERIENCE that it is. About three years ago, I guess I went out got drunk, and put two tampons in without realizing it, and for two weeks i was “spotting” and I cant really remember but probably a bad smell, but I wasnt having sex so didnt notice any pain there, but i did notice that my abdomen was swollen and uncomfortable and i mentioned it to a friend and they said “could be a tampon stuck up there” and i thought no way that is crazy i think i would know! Well I was wrong because I was travelling on my way to vacay and not to be gross but I was really consitipated while in the airport and when i arrived at my friends house I went to the bathroom and pushed out a two week old tampon!!! I was so grossed out and in shock! Well ever since Im always worried about i! So now presently I got my period on Sat.(two days ago) and that night i went out and i remember changing my tampon at the bar, well in the am i went to change it and nothing was there! So i dont know if i was drunk and took it out without putting in a new one cuz i was drunk, or if I have one up there, and I get freaked out about putting my own fingers up there. So im scared because I had heavy period bleeding all saturday and since sunday morning its gone and im just spotting…and im being reminded of my old incident! any advice of how to look up in myself for it, without shoving my fingers up!!

  151. March 10, 2009 2:52 pm

    Isnt that gross? .. imagine.. not knowing theres something stuck in your thingy!

  152. Joaquina permalink
    March 10, 2009 5:09 pm

    Thanks to all the ladies who posted their stories on here.. and shame on all the websites that said it isn’t possible! I’m tired of “experts” telling us we’re crazy when we know our own bodies! Right now I’m not sure if I have the same problem or not. I haven’t had sex for a month, but the last time I did it was right after my period was over and it hurt. Now to be fair, I have a really small vagina and my bf has a larger than average penis.. but there was no unusual smell and he didn’t notice anything odd. But since then I’ve been having lower back and abdominal pains on and off, and during this period, I’ve had a really difficult time getting tampons in. They keep wanting to twist and go off to the side. And the inside of my vagina seems rather swollen, but no pain or smell. I’ve fished around every possible crevice I can in there, but still can’t find anything. Like many of you I don’t have insurance so doctors are for serious emergencies.. I’ve tried, soaking, pushing, and more fishing.. so perhaps there’s nothing there..but I distinctly remember putting a tampon in last nite about 4 am and now I can’t find it.. no drinking here so maybe I imagined it?

  153. lora permalink
    March 11, 2009 2:38 pm

    ok so I was on this website trying to find some help cause there was a foul odor coming from my vagina(which never happens bc i have very good hygiene. Recently everytime me and my bf have sex we can smell this odor. It made me lose my sex drive and i was embarrassed by it as well. After thinkin back two weeks ago we had sex and i had forgotten to take out the tampon. I panicked when i read these stories and decided to try to take it out myself. I just felt around and i could feel the tampon folded up in the corner of my cervix. I easily pulled it out and im now relieved! I still would recommend still going to the doctor to make sure everythings okie dokie in your pokie.

  154. Brenda permalink
    March 20, 2009 4:42 am

    Thank god for this post!! I think I lost my tampon, and now that I know that it’s not so uncommon, I’m not so embarassed to ask my doctor about it! And also, good thing I have an appointment in just a few days, because this smell is getting to me badddddd. Yuck.

  155. Monica permalink
    March 28, 2009 10:47 pm

    haha well I’ve been reading these stories and am feeling a little less like an idiot too. Us ladies.
    I haven’t heard anyone’s story like mine on here yet, so here’s my story:

    I put one in last night around 11pm, went to sleep, and woke up around 11am (got to sleep in, yay) and went to change my tampon. I went pee, then thought i felt what could only be the tampon slide out. But it could have just been a nasty piece of blood or whatever, and i couldn’t see it in the toilet. Nothing besides a tampon has ever been up my vagina, so fishing for it is going to take some courage. Is that normal for it to just fall out if its that soaked tho?! nasty.

    But all these stories are pretty funny, makes me feel better.

  156. janessa permalink
    March 29, 2009 8:47 pm

    My period ended 11 days ago…..the past couple of days i had been feeling pretty dizzy & shaky and last night i felt like i was going to faint but since i hadnt eaten all day after i had dinner i felt better, until i started to spot a lil when i went to pee….today out came a tampon , i freaked out bc i had no clue i had left one in there, now i know why i was feeling the way i was, i was thinking i was prob preggers and was planning on getting a preg test but now im scared that i may have TSS. i feel btter now, not so dizzy or shaky and there was no odor. but i am bleeding as if i was on my period. so that is what is concerning me… i plan to see the OBGYN tomorrow if i can.
    has the bleeding happend to anyone?? and if my obgyn cant see me tomorrow could i got to a regular fam doctor?

  157. lisa permalink
    April 9, 2009 11:53 am

    I have totally done the same thing sometimes I just forget its there and then go to pee and well there it is. Its awful the odor is so bad when I go to pull it out I can’t believe all that stuff was inside of me. I have since been doing some research on pads and tampons and come to find out tampons are not good for us. They cause a number of health risks and stop the natural flow we are supposed to have. I know for myself it was always out of convenience, but it is not convenient to have a tampon up there for a couple of days. I found this awesome site on sanitary napkins. They have finally made a pad that works with us not against us. They have something called a anion which is antibacterial and helps to lesson cramping through a “Negative Ion”. It is truly amazing what this does and how beneficial it is to us. I recommend if you are tired of using,and losing your tampons to check this site out it has made a difference in my life and no more worries.

  158. Stephanie permalink
    April 14, 2009 2:26 pm

    I recently forgot my tampon as well. Thank God it came out all by itself. I still felt so stupid! I was wondering if anyone knows just how often women actually have to go to a doctor to take care of the problem?

  159. Tay permalink
    April 25, 2009 3:25 am

    Last tuesday I wasn’t sitting on the toilet when a tampon just appeared, but I didn’t notice a smell and I’d been getting a browny discharge for a few days that didn’t smell either :s It had been in there about 2 to 3 days.

    It is now saturday and I am still getting a blood tinged discharge and the entrance feels quite raw (although that could be due to sex last night). How long does the discharge continue? I expected it to be a couple of days but not this long. It’s not all the time but was worse after sex. I don’t think it’s an infection though because I had some blood tests on Thursday and they were fine. I’m quite worried!

  160. relieved! permalink
    April 26, 2009 3:58 pm

    ha ha i feel so relieved after reading all these posts!!

    I too have been suffering from a foul smell after sex for the last two weeks, since the end of my period, so was concerned that maybe i had an infection of some sorts.

    Then last week after suffering with worsening pain after weeing i went to the doctor for tests and antibiotics for a bladder infection.

    The next day, with the relief of being able to wee without the pain of the bladder infection i could still feel some sort of pressure so decided to inspect, only to dicover something lodged further up than my cervix towards the back of my vaginal wall, shocked, i managed to remove the object, it took a bit of force but i soon realised why when i pulled the tampon out.
    As it had somehow ended up further inside me than i thought possible and had been wedged in sideways!

    I was mortified, but am feeling much better now that i know these occurences aren’t that uncommon(the smell has gone too) 🙂

  161. Scarlett Davenport permalink
    April 28, 2009 6:48 pm

    I’m so relieved to know that this happens to more people than me! Like so many of the others, after a drunk night my husband and I had sex, not worring b/c it was the last day of my period. We did and after I noticed that I had bled a bit so I put in a tampon and passed out. I guess he wasn’t through and I was woke up by him trying to go at it again but that didn’t get far. The next morning I remembered that I had put one in before bed and wondered where it went. I went “fishing” and found nothing. That next afternoon I found this website and saw that the awful smell starts almost immediately and have noticed nothing (this being the end of day 2). But still a bit worried I called my aunt who is a nurse. Her suggestion was not to wait until tomorrow but try to find it NOW! This is all her homemade remedy!! I know it sounds crazy but if she thought it was important then I knew it had to be! She told me to get an enema bag to fill,flush, and suction. I didn’t have that so she suggested a 2 liter bottle (which I didn’t have either) but I did see a water bottle in the fridge. After relaxing in the tub I filled my bottle and gave it a try to only get bloodish water out that didn’t smell so fresh! I knew then that it must still be there so I tried again. After the second try I went fishing and all I can say is OMG!! It was there and it was horrible! She described the vagina as being like a bag and that if I filled it up and tried the suction that it may pull it out. I guess when you have sex with one in it can get lodged in a fold making it hard to find. This all sounded crazy to me but I’m sooo glad I tried it now I don’t have the worry of getting sick or worse! I thought I would share b/c I didn’t see much about a do it yourself other than fishing and going to the doctor and the doctor was the LAST place I wanted to go.

  162. Nameless in Cincinnati permalink
    April 30, 2009 10:38 pm

    OMG I just have to say thank you thank you thank you to all of you who have posted these comments on here! We all seem to have very similar stories.

    Don’t know about all of you, but I was always told that it was impossible to lose a tampon in your va j j 🙂

    Last Saturday night, I was just on the verge of getting my period but it it was still so light and things got hot and heavy with my boyfriend. I knew that I had put a tampon in earlier that evening. As we were fooling around, he started to insert himself in me slightly and I stopped him, and explained that I needed to go to the bathroom and remove my tampon, and had explained to him that I was just at onset, and it had been really light. That has never really bothered him, as we have been together for 12 years.

    So, I went to the bathroom and went fishing…couldn’t find anything, and I was a little wet, so I thought, well… I must’ve just forgotten taking the darn thing out earlier. I really did search with all my might!

    So, we went ahead and made love. It was a little more uncomfortable than usual, but I was used to that from time to time with him, because usually at that time of the month or even around that time, I am a little more sore.

    After we were finished, I had the most horrible cramping, and I couldn’t stop thinking about that darn tampon, cause I surely didn’t remember getting it out!!!

    Still on my period and been wearing tampons all week…strangest thing, last night pulled out a tampon, and it smelled really funky.

    I’m one of those women that has had chronic BV and yeast infection issues, but this surely didn’t smell anything like this…this was FUNKY!!!

    All day today, was worried about it, but wearing a pad, cause I just felt like something was wrong, and had started itching a bit… planned on making an appt at the Gyno.

    Started looking up websites tonight as the smell was just getting putrid, and felt like gagging everytime I went to the bathroom…

    Started reading your posts, and I KNEW!!!! It had to be….

    Went to the bathroom, first urinated, cleaned myself up, and pushed….like I was in labor, as I am squatting over the toilet…fingering around in there, didn’t feel anything…kept pushing, and feeling as I was pushing and sure enough, felt something hard and I instantly knew… Finally got it out…

    Ladies, please heed the warning…THE SMELL IS FIERCE WHEN U TAKE THIS SUCKER OUT!!!

    Mine didn’t have anything white on it, it was full of blood, and seriously did look like a small mouse!!! LOL The string was all wrapped up in the middle of it…

    WARNING TO ALL…this was a Tampax Pearl tampon… never started wearing this kind until this cycle, and I will never wear them again… I won’t wear tampons again ever as a matter of fact, it’s just not worth it, especially with as forgetful as I am!!!

    I am sooooo relieved to know I was not alone… never ever heard that this could really happen until now… THANK YOU ALL SOOOO MUCH!!!

    • Courtney permalink
      May 1, 2009 7:43 am

      My Feeling is Tampax cardboard is the only way to go. My stuck tampon was a generic brand and will never do it again, I also agree on the pearls, hate them! But I have never had issues with regular tampax. The string is longer and thicker. My periods are just too heavy for pads alone and after all these years I am astonished these companies haven’t come up with a better “wing” pad. I always get leakage… I’ve tried them all.

    • Susanna permalink
      May 2, 2009 3:31 am

      Courtney, have you tried a cup for your heavy flow? It’s impossible to have sex with one in, as there’s an antenna that the oncoming penis will surely feel.

  163. Lisa permalink
    May 5, 2009 3:03 pm

    I had been having similar problems (brown discharge, dodgy on/off period for at least two cycles, not too smelly until 2/3 days ago though), when last night i felt the urge to ‘push’ when i was on the loo, and there it was – a tampon. I was totally freaked out. It was horrendous. I really did notice the smell then. Thing is my husband and i have been trying to concieve since Oct 08 with no luck, and i’m just wondering now how long that thing has been up there and if it could have been affecting our chances – acting as a contraceptive. I really cannot believe that this happended as i have been doing everything to prepare my body to get pregnant (e.g. folic acid, good diet and exercise). And i am a health professional. I can only think that i’ve been having a pretty stressful time at work and maybe just forgot about it. I had put the disrupted cycle and brown dischrage down to stress. Even consulted my GP who ran a hormone balance check which came back fine. It was a total shock and i’m going to use pads from now on.

    • HELP!!! permalink
      May 18, 2009 12:33 am

      please reply…anything…i need some sort of advice/ input these stories have helped ease my mind a bit, but idk mines a little different…

      me & my boyfriend had unprotected pull out sex alot, then I recieved on my period, but it wasnt like my normal periods (heavy) it was light and barely soaked a tampon up. so we had sex hoping it would cause my period to come all the way…it did for a little bit but not fully..We had sex later that week and before we did I was telling him that I couldnt remember if I had pulled my tampon out, he checked as well as I did before we did it again and felt/ found nothing. The light-for-me period lasted the normal amount of days tho and then I was fine. A week later, after my so called period, I had this spotting brownish kind of blood not enough to fill a tampon but was there. 2 days before I had started having that stuff come out I began getting horrible cramps/nausea followed the next day by diarrhea. This lasted a few days and then went away a few days AFTER the brown stuff. I got this gross smell and thought I may have a yeast infection but decided to take a pregnancy test anyways and it was negative. The smell went away, but this thought that I may have a tampon up there or the test was too early won’t get out of my head. I can now for sure…feel something, and I don’t know if it is my cervix or a tampon. I mean I can definetely feel it and have pulled, pushed, I mean tried my hardest to get whatever the hell it is OUT, thinking it is probably a tampon.. it gets very close but can’t get it out, so that’s why I don’t know.. if it is a tampon its been in there for about 2-3 weeks now…and if not and it is my cervix could I have damaged myself by pulling on it and getting it so low? I mean its very low whatever it is, and when I notice it lower I try to pull it out because it has stuff around which is gross i know idk, if I move my finger up there around w/e it is, that if it could be some form of discharge or from a tampon… but it will not come out, it doesn’t hurt me at all though…so I am very confused, concerned, and will not be able to go to the doctor for a few weeks… so I would appreciate and like some answers as soon as possible…please, I am very worried, I need some advice…

    • Lisa permalink
      June 3, 2009 7:21 pm

      Help!!! you need to pull it out NOW. if you can grab even the smallest part of it just grab on and pull even if the tampon comes apart you gant get it low enough to get a better grip and PULL

      • worried girl permalink
        December 14, 2011 10:17 am

        I feel the same thing, but I really think it is my cervix. How can you tell if it’s your cervix or a stuck tampon? The feel of it feels like the skin inside me, not a tampon, but it could be a tampon? Also, how can you tell if one is stuck “behind” the cervix like some people have said? i’m having trouble picturing this, but I am really scared one is in there. I think I forgot to take it out at the end of my period a month ago, I’ve had protected sex several times in the last month, and now my next period just started, and it is very light, and the blood is darker in color – not brown, just darker. It doesn’t smell bad though – it just smells like blood. Please advise!

      • worried girl permalink
        December 14, 2011 5:01 pm

        It was just my cervix! If it feels like your cervix, apparently, it probably IS your cervix and not a tampon. Don’t try to pull your cervix out like I was trying to do.

  164. Petra permalink
    May 5, 2009 3:19 pm

    your posts have made me feel better about my situation xxxx

  165. not so bad permalink
    May 18, 2009 12:13 pm

    I don’t feel so bad now.
    I had mine in for 3 nights. I wondered why my period was so light and only seemed to last a couple of days. Taking a shower, I found out why.
    No odor, no pains. Wonder if I should go to doctor anyway??

  166. KTB permalink
    May 18, 2009 8:11 pm

    to the poster who wrote “HELP!!!” I am not a doctor, I am not sure why no one has replied to your post, but I think you need to see a health professional as soon as possible, as you could have toxic shock. Don’t wait weeks, or even days. Go to a Planned Parenthood, a walk-in clinic, or even the emergency room if you have to. Just tell them what you are feeling and what could be wrong so they can check it out.

    Planned Parenthood says:
    Toxic Shock Syndrome
    A rare but very dangerous overgrowth of bacteria in the vagina. Symptoms include vomiting, high fever, diarrhea, and a sunburn-type rash.

    You can look for a Planned Parenthood near you by putting in your zip code here:

    Again, I’m not a doctor and don’t want to alarm you, but if you have any of the symptoms of toxic shock I think you need to see a doctor. Don’t let embarassment get in the way of your health. Hope you feel better soon!

  167. Rachel permalink
    May 21, 2009 9:15 am

    Woooow… I can relate to this. Last month when I had my period, I couldn’t remember taking out a tampon.. and I still connot remember doing this.. and now my stomach has started to hurt. I’m scared to death that there’s one up there.. but I dont have the money for the doctors… wow..

    whats a girl to do

  168. Chloe permalink
    May 25, 2009 9:13 am

    I was at the pool and put a tampon in and put in to far and its still there sinse yesterday. ew. idk what im gonna do! I am not putting my hand in there thats nasty! will it eventually fall out!???

    • Courtney permalink
      May 31, 2009 9:03 am

      Take a bath for atleast 20 to 30 minutes and see if you can flush it out. After the bath, take a shower…this has worked for me every time. It has happened to me twice in the last 17 years. It should fall enough for you to grab it. Get over the gross stuff, it’s your body and if you have read more posts on this site, you know what can happen. Better now then later. It gets much worse with time.

  169. Jireh permalink
    May 29, 2009 2:19 am

    so i was on my period and i had a tampon on .. me and my boyfriend was well you could say in the MOOD .. we started foreplay etc .. then we decided (this is embarazin) to do it in the butt .. none of us had done that before but im sure he was going to my vagina with the tampon on .. it felt so good i didnt want to stop him but now i cant get it out .. i cant find it .. what is going to happen?? whats a foul discharge btw??

  170. samantha215 permalink
    May 29, 2009 10:46 am

    i am so glad i found this site. although i am not having sex at this time i do get drunk alot. last night i took a shower and all this black blood and stuff came out and the smell was OMG horrible. i read here to sit on my heels in the shower and fish it out and it was so gross. i have burned with shame over this until i read all of your stories and am so greatful to know i am not alone. i still have a high temp and have sharp pains but i am going to wait until monday to go back to the dr again.
    thanks again ladies for being so honest, open, and sharing. yall are wonderful.

  171. Harmony permalink
    May 29, 2009 11:28 pm

    ok I had sex last night do not remeber removing the tampon i had and i am having some pain in my vagina and am still bleeding but like dark brown red color and im just using a pad …. what should i do ?

    • Courtney permalink
      May 31, 2009 9:01 am

      Take a bath, atleast 20 to 30 minutes, then take a shower, sometimes that will bring the tampon down and you can pull it out.

  172. nicole x permalink
    May 31, 2009 8:34 am

    a couple of days ago i started to get this horrible odour coming from my down below area so i went in the bath it stayed the same so i got really worried about y i was smelling like this so the next day i went out with my friend leaflettin i was gettin reallly bad stomach cramps and i thought i was on my period and that was why so i ignored them i when to my nans for a shower as i couldnt take the painany more and i thought it would help as i was washing myself i felt a string so i pulled it omg it was horrible iv never seen somethinglike that in my llife and the smell made me sick!!,i was a tampon but it was huge n brown i grabbed the sponge and stareted to wash it away from my vagina so it all came out i checked wiv a mirro from my makeup and it looked fine but im still getting the cramps and im getting really bad headackes the smell has completly gone :Dwhich is great but the pain hasnt and it happened a thew days ago im getting really scared and worried i dont know what to do and im 18 what should i do?

    • Courtney permalink
      May 31, 2009 8:59 am

      Go to the doctor sweety. You probably have an infection. THis can be taken care of with antibiotics. Just tell them what happened. Believe me, they have heard it before as most of us have done this ourselves. You might even be able to call them and get a prescription over the phone… Do it fast, you don’t want that to get worse 🙂 Good Luck!

  173. Anne permalink
    May 31, 2009 10:56 am

    Thank you so much to everyone who posted-I was able to figure out what was wrong with me through reading your stories!! Well, here is mine… I had been feeling “off” for about a month… ravenously hungry, retaining water, etc. Then I began to get my period on a Saturday, very light. By Sunday it was heavier and I had cramps, so I put in a tampon early that morning. I’m not sure how many tampon insertions/ removals there were on Saturday and Sunday… by on Sunday night I had sex (removed a saturated tampon before) and it felt very uncomfortable and at times painful. The next morning I put another tampon in, and when I took it out it smelled like death- rank, fishy, moldy, like dead things in a dark basement. I hoped it was only a bad reaction between the semen, slight BV and menstrual blood, but thought it did not smell like something the human body would do at all. Next day I felt tired and had chills, and the tampon I took out still smelled the same way, and it had a bit of greenish-gray discharge on it. At that point I knew I had a serious problem and began looking up my symptoms on the internet. What I had was worse-smelling than a bacterial infection… and the descriptions of the “foul” lost tampon smell seemed pretty right on- but I just couldn’t believe that I would forget to take a tampon out!!!! Tuesday night I got in a hot tub and soaked, then beared down pushing hard, just in case. On Wednesday morning I woke up feeling nauseous and decided to go “in there.” There they were… far back in the canal… TWO OLD TAMPONS. One was dripping with blood… the other light greyish-green… They were far back and it hurt pulling them out. I have no idea how long they were in there. I made an appointment at a local clinic for that afternoon and the R.N. did not do an exam but prescribed 7 days of Metronadizole and 10 days of Cipro. The past few days have not been fun… Thursday it felt like I had an open wound in my vagina that stung and possibly was pussing… and I have been tired with a heavy feeling in my legs and foot cramping and today, diarrhea. Not sure if that is due to the antibiotics or infection.

    • Courtney permalink
      May 31, 2009 3:38 pm

      I would look up the side effects of the antibiotics she gave you…make sure they don’t say anything like, “If you get these symptoms, see a doctor right away”. If those are normal side effects..I would continue…if not, I would just call the Doc on Monday and let her know what’s going on. Better safe then sorry 🙂

  174. In Panic permalink
    June 4, 2009 5:31 pm

    I have an issue and need some advice. I have been fitted for IUD and it’s inserted somewhere in my vagina. Today morning I had sex with my husband – but only after we finished did I realize i forgot to take my tampon out! Do you think the tampon & sex & IUD could have hurt the vagina in any way? i am so worried and don’t know what to do.

  175. Sue permalink
    June 5, 2009 6:49 pm

    OMG!! i cant believe this has happened to so many people, i feel so normal now.
    My story………two weeks ago and at the end of my period, went out got drunk, very drunk, ended up pulling a guy, dont really remember much about the night execpt a bath and bed, woke up next morning had sex again, remembered the bath, thought, oh it must of been cus i was bleeding? checked for a tampon, nothin there, thought i must of removed it. A few days later was really ill, flu symptoms, bad back, aches, bad throat etc thought id caught flu, was in bed for two days, then i noticed a spot down there, went on the net, typed in spot on vagina, and coupled with my symtoms, it looked like herpes! i was mortified and worried myself sick for days, without mentioning to anyone as i was that disgusted that id slept with someone i didnt know, so it was my fault i thought. Anyway, got obsessed with the forums about STD’s, have i got herpes, havent i got it, waited for the spot to turn into spots and blister, but no, so i thought its not that, its a water infection, kept needing the toilet a lot, kept checking the symptoms, really worried, didnt want to go doctors, didnt know what to do, and it has been one of the most worrying times of my life and im in my thirties! anyway, a few days ago started noticing a funny smell, and it was following me, noticed it at work too, started getting paranoid that others would notice it (they must have for sure), kept wetting the tissue to clean myself when i went the toilet, been getting an achy feeling down there too, this has gone on for two weeks, still worried sick, ran myself a nice bath to relax, after went the toilet and felt something coming out of me, it was only a tampon!!! couldnt believe it, was disgusted and both relieved at the same time – to know i never had herpes PHEW!!! it had no blood on (as i was at the end of my period) but was slightly greenish, and smelly, i could not believe this thing has been causing me to be so ill and have so much worry! it has been out a few hours now, i came straight on the internet to see if it had happened to anyone else, and i have been laughing my head off for hours, its so common i cant believe it! So still getting a slight pain down there and think i may have an infection but hey, id rather go to the doc with that than tell him i might have an STD!! Hope i feel better tomorrow and hope there is no smell left – but what a relief, and to anyone with a possible stuck one – have a soak as it makes the tampon heavy then push down, its like a baby coming out of you! At least i can laugh about it now !

  176. coni permalink
    June 6, 2009 11:12 pm

    I am so relieved to find this website and realize that I am not the only one in the world with this embarrassing experience. For a week or so I have had a strange smelly discharge. It seemed to be getting worse and I was starting to get worried. Last night I put in a small tampon because I thought was starting my period. I forgot about the tampon and this morning my husband and I had sex. Right after I remembered the tampon and panicked. I went into the bathroom, but couldn’t feel anything with my fingers. Had my husband try, but nothing. I thought maybe I had taken it out without remembering. A little bit later I still felt uneasy and so I did another inspection and this time felt the tampon. With a little work I was able to remove it. But the story doesn’t end there… Throughout the day I continued to have cramping and uneasiness with a terrible, smelly discharge. This evening I did another inspection and found another tampon way up there. Pulled it out and about fainted with the odor — I’m not sure how long it had been there. I couldn’t believe it! I had no idea this could even happen.

    I found that if I sat on the toilet and leaned forward then it was easier to feel for the tampon. Also, pushing (like having a baby) helped it come down far enough to where I could reach it.

    I still have abdominal cramps. Hopefully, by tomorrow I’ll be feeling better. I did not feel anything else up there and will be really embarrassed if by some freak chance there is another one there.

  177. Lara permalink
    June 9, 2009 11:12 am

    There seems a lot of experiences related to alcohol (my own included!).

    My flow can be quite heavy and these days I have to wear a tampon and an overnight pad during the actual day! But even those massive Kotex pads aren’t that reliable. It doesn’t matter how huge the pad is and how thick, they always get all squashed in the centre or they slip forwards in your underwear so sometimes you still end up missing the damn pad!

    I can’t wait for the menopause. Damn perods are the bane of my life and they always arrive just when you have an important event coming up – guaranteed! Mine are always early so I get one every 3 weeks mostly. I never wanted children so for me they are a complete waste of time lol. I long for the day I finally stop menstruating. Men don’t know how fortunate they are not to put up with this mess fest every month!

  178. Melissa permalink
    June 9, 2009 8:10 pm

    okay, so last saturday i tried to find my tampon that i know for sure i put in. and it was no where to be found! we even had sex that day so i figured maybe i did forget that i probably already took it out. today, it still bothered me because for some reason i knew i put one in so i told my boyfriend to look for it for me. and we found it! BUTTTT i’m freaking out because i’ve also had this situation happen before where i thought i put one in and probably thought i didn’t. it was a while back though. i’ve had a pap smear since that situation. i was wondering if the pap smear probably would’ve found the first tampon?! or would my doctor would have not found it at all!? i’m tripping hella hard!

  179. Brina permalink
    June 10, 2009 7:31 pm

    THANK YOU!!!! I can’t beleive this has happened to so many women. I had no idea what was wrong with me. Two days ago I started having brown discharge with a foul smell. Hubby and I had sex since period ended last week. Then today it was very strong and I knew something was up. I Googled and most sites said STD. Never Google when you need medical advice. I went to the Dr. today and she asked based on my symptoms “did I leave a tampon in?”. NO! How would I do that. I never even dawned on me that was it. Sure enough she said I did. She pulled it out and I was soooo embarrassed. She says she gets at least one patient a week with this issue. She told be no reason to be embarrassed. I have to take Metroglide for 5 days. Thank you for taking the time to post your stories for other women to read.

  180. Andrea permalink
    June 13, 2009 7:21 am

    Well, that’s it – I’m scheduling an appointment with a GYN doctor on MOnday!!! I KNOW I put one last one in (period staring ending yesterday)and I guess I shouldnt have. I dont remember taking the damn thing out. I dont remember going to the bathroom either becuase I fell asleep in a chair atching a movie, got up and went straight to the bed.

    I have looked and looked. Came to this site, took a bath, then a shower, then looked again. I have pains in my abdomin now from all the “looking”. I feel something kind of hard and fleshy, but I think it’s some sort of muscle or wall or something…I dont know, not like I’ve stuck my finger up there regualrly – you know?!!

    I dont know what to do accept go to the doctor – BEFORE the smells and all.

    Glad to know I’m not the first one with this issue. I think it was putting that last one in that did it – I should have switched to a pad. And I shouldnt have tried to make sure it was up far enough either – the string seemed shorter.

    I feel so stupid – I mean, what if I DID take it out?

    Well, better safe than sorry – I’ll tell you all what happens.

  181. Claire permalink
    June 13, 2009 10:34 am

    Don’t want to overreact, but a couple months ago I couldn’t remember taking my tampon out–sometimes they would just fall out during a bathroom episode. It wasn’t in the toilet, so I assumed I had already taken it out previously—I normally wear pantyliners along with the tampon and when taking the tampon out, I would wear only pantyliners if not going too heavily. I inserted another one-paid more attention to removing during cycles after that.

    Well, I’m in my 40’s and dealing with perimenopausal symptoms, which brownish discharges is considered normal after cycles. I haven’t experienced any pain–other than cycle pain, normally–or any foul smells. The brown discharge is a little clotty at times, but I want to make sure that the tampon would have come down by now or I would have started experiencing the smells, if it were still up there, huh? I’ve had sex recently, and there was the brownish discharge, but no foul smell or anything else. Could it just be the “cleaning up” from my period ending—a few days ago? I did douche after my cycle, but I know some discharge may be normal while the body is still cleaning out. At my age, what could be some other issues with the brown, smell-free discharge?

  182. April permalink
    June 15, 2009 1:28 am

    After reading this I feel a little better…Here’s my story:

    In December I messed up the timing of my birth control and decided to wait until my next period to start it again. Well guess what? My next period never came. So I waited and waited for 4 MONTHS and my period never came! I freaked out and thought I was pregnant, took a couple of tests, but no pregnancy. Well I finally got my period last month and re-started my birth control. I talked to my doctor and she said my body was probably just used to being on the “birth control clock” and was confused when I was not on the pill.

    I’m on my period this week. My period has been really light and the blood was a little brownish but I thought nothing of it. Well I was having REALLY BAD cramps last night and today so a little while ago I tried going to the bathroom. I was sitting there and my tampon plopped out. No big deal. Well a few minutes later I felt/heard another plop. I THINK IT WAS ANOTHER TAMPON!!!

    I have NO idea how long it could have been inside of me! A month? 4 months? Could this have been part of the reason I wasn’t having a period?

    Okay more crazy stuff, listen to this! My boyfriend started to have some pain in his testicles a few months ago. He went to the doctor and the doctor said he had some kind of infection because some of my yeast had gotten in there. (we don’t normally use condoms since I am normally on birth control). So he got some antibiotics and was fine. Well we had sex without a condom over our spring break and his pain came back.

    Could the tampon have been the reason for his infection? Because I had an infection? He’s been pushing me to see the doctor for the last month or so but I insisted nothing was wrong with me or I would have symptoms! I feel so stupid now!!

  183. msupommer permalink
    June 16, 2009 6:32 pm

    Im worried and need advice. Im in italy right now and recentley took a trip to greece for the weekend. Well, things did happen and this past saturday i had sex. I was fine sunday and monday but Im worried that I may have one stuck in me. I have very little ab pain and my period is still okay and normal. Ive tried 3 times all the suggestions and I wont be home for another 2 weeks. Is this okay or should I attempt an Italian hospital? and if I wait, will everyone else be able to smell it?

  184. Susanna permalink
    June 17, 2009 3:18 am

    Dear Msupommer,

    You have travel insurance, don\’t you? Then you can afford a private clinic. Or what is your concern? Italian doctors are perfectly qualified. Or don\’t you want to explain the matter in your insurance claim?

    Yes, if you got one stuck in you, everybody will be able to smell it, if you wait for two weeks. By that time, it may be the least of your worries.

    Is it less embarrassing explaining the prolem to a foreign doctor you will never see again or to your regular American one?

  185. too young to be this worried permalink
    June 21, 2009 12:08 am

    a few weeks ago i had my period. it was all fine and dandy. for a year or so i’d get these terrible pains in my stomach area right before my period, and a few times i had to be hospitalized for a day or two because they were unnaturally painful. so im pretty darn used to the pain. it was the 3rd day of 4, and i had been out late. i wasnt drunk or anything, i was just insanely tired. im not sure if i have fabricated it, or if it happened, but i remember stumbling into bed, then getting up to take the tampon out. my period is stellar cool and i dont have to use anything at night, because it stops until i wake up, whether that be 6 am or noon. its rather lucky. but i woke up the next morning, and i put a tampon in. it hurt a little bit. im still young, and still a virgin, so i figured it must be the fact that it was early and i put it in at a weird angle. i havent had any discharge or discomfort, and i have checked multiple times, but every now and then if i move weird theres a tweek of pain 6 inches below my belly button. i pushed like i assume you push while giving birht, and i felt fine. im afraid to go to the doctor about it, because of all the tests they always have to run on me. i dont feel anything scary, i’ve just had a bad history of vaginal problems, and so far im only 16. so i dont really want there to be a tampon in me still.
    im going to take a bath, and wish for luck.

    but as long as there isnt a repulsive odor on my fingers after i check, and its been a few weeks, am i pretty much in the clear?

  186. Mary permalink
    June 23, 2009 9:17 pm

    I need some opinions.

    I take Seasonique for birth control purposes, so I only get my period once every 3 months. But I usually get spotting during the whole 3rd month. So this month, I used tampons on and off to control the spotting. However, now I have my full blown period and I’ve noticed that when I use a tampon I get very sharp stabbing pains in my pelvic region. It’s about 2 or 3 inches above the pubic area. There’s an ache even when the tampon is out. There’s no smell or strange discharge like others have mentioned, and I’ve felt around inside and haven’t found anything. But I can’t figure out what that pain is. Could it be a lost tampon?

  187. Soph permalink
    June 24, 2009 6:23 am

    I was on my period nearly two weeks ago now and have been noticing that smell everytime i go to the bathroom, the pains are really emense even to the point where im coughing and feel like its ripping at my groin area, this has happened before and have had no trouble retreving the lost tampon, iv’e been reading peoples posts and looking up suggestions on the internet, they stress that it cant go any further than you could probably reach but could be round a bend or in a awkewad position!
    After all this is over i will never EVER use a tampon again, the damage this must do to our bodies is unreal i would hate to think it could potentially stop me having kids or that it could even cause infection. im not even sure if i could tell the difference between toxic-shock and generally feeling unwell.

  188. Soph permalink
    June 24, 2009 6:30 am

    Another post girls.. I have three sisters and we talk alot about things like this, my sister always told me (although ive never had it) Brown discharge can also be chlamydia, most people dont get the symtoms as you know and can have it for years, but it may be worth while getting checked out if you have problems as it also causes abdominal pains

  189. June 25, 2009 8:48 pm

    i think that i have a lost tampon. this has happened to me before but i have always been able to feel the tampon inside of me. This time when i reach all the way in, all that i can feel is something that seems like skin over top of a tampon or maybe this is just my cervix that i am poking at?? how far in can the tampon go and is it possible that it is stuck behind something?

    • Amanda permalink
      June 27, 2009 12:25 am

      I have the thing that feels like the tampon covered in skin inside of me too, so I’m glad that it’s normal. : )

  190. Amanda permalink
    June 27, 2009 12:23 am

    I put a tampon in earlier today, and I went rock climbing. Then, I came home and the tampon was gone. I know i used it because it is the only applicator in the trash, and I know I didn’t take it out because there is nothing in the trash. I didn’t use the restroom anywhere else. but me and my husband have not been able to find it. He has really long fingers and he still can’t get it. It’s a Friday night, and I’m trying to decide if i should go to the Emergency Room or should I wait until monday to go to a clinic. I don’t have health coverage, and i’m afraid an ER visit would be really expensive. I haven’t had any symptoms of TSS. Should I just wait until monday, unless I get symptoms of infection?

  191. Morgan Annette permalink
    June 28, 2009 11:10 pm

    OMG! I loved reading all of these stories! Makes me feel better. Here’s what happened to me yesterday.

    I woke up and went to take my tampon out. It’s not there. I reach a little higher and start panicking when I can’t find it. A piece of shredded string comes out! I start digging furiously to no avail. I call my sister, crying, telling her how scared I am. I also unfortunately do not go to the gyno because I am too scared. Stupid, I know. So she calms me down and tells me she’s been through this before and it’s probably sideways and that she had had her boyfriend (who had had very long fingers) try to get it out for her with his hand and with tweezers, but it still didn’t work in her case so that I would have to go the ER like she ended up doing.

    Well, I go…he does a vaginal vault. Finds nothing. He was a male doctor, cute. And I hadn’t shaved down there or my legs in quite some time! LOL. EMBARASSING. Plus, I think he thought I was a hypochondriac, but I seriously was convinced it was still in me (Why the shredded string? I guess from a different tampon when I removed it?) and have only been to the doctor twice the past ten years.

    I left perplexed though because I honestly have no memory of taking it out or it falling in the toilet because you can always tell when it falls in the toilet (at least I can, and I generally check the toilet out of habit when I’m on my period to make sure my tampon didn’t fall in). But there’s not many places it can go in the vagina, so I know he’s right in that it isn’t there…but God it makes me so mad that I don’t remember taking it out! I even remember thinking about taking it out and deciding against it! LOL wtf I hate my life because evidently I did and thus wasted 3.5 hours at the ER. XD

  192. Emily permalink
    July 1, 2009 10:36 pm

    About two weeks ago I was on my period and I woke up in the morning to put a new tampon in only to discover that the tampon I had put in the night before was not there. I thought to myself “hmm, thats strange, I could have sworn that I put a tampon in last night.” So I went on about my days, not thinking anything of it. Two weeks later my fiance’ was fingering me and he all of a sudden rolled over and bed and seemed turned off. It takes alot to turn him off haha so I thought how strange it was for him to stop fooling around. What could it be? Me? Him? Hmmm. A few minutes later he said “I think there is something in your vagina. I laughed and said “what! How could that be?!?!” but in the back of my mind I couldnt help but think about that ghost tampon. I reached up inside of me and sure enough I felt something. I could just barely reach it with the very tip of my finger…but I pulled a fully in-tact tampon out. It smelled absolutely disgusting, and i was horrified and embarrassed. I’m just thankful he found my lost tampon…

  193. Sal permalink
    July 3, 2009 2:45 am

    Jesus its almost 5am and i am on this site because….

    My period was last week, at I had sex twice at the end of my period. I can’t remember when I put a tampon in last, but I do know it was one of those light ones. I had sex earlier this week, maybe five days ago, but I don’t think it was after that that I had put a tampon in. It did smell after sex and I had to wash the sheets cause there was a brown discharge, in which I thought must have been the end of my period. Then there was a constant smell. I thought it was from a UTI because it felt funny when I peed. I’ve been taking those over the counter pills for UTI’s for 4 days now because I don’t have insurance.

    I hadn’t touched myself because I thought I had a UTI and didn’t want to make it worse. Tonight, I wondered if it was coming from my vagina, so I stuck a finger inside, and HOLY COW, there was a tampon right at the edge! I am such an idiot. I hope I don’t have a huge infection from this….

    I feel fine, but should I see a doctor still?

    • Samany permalink
      July 10, 2009 8:36 am

      I just saw a dr because of a uti as a result of the lost tampon. I don’t know what you can afford to spend, but over the counters meds just ease the pain. They won’t make it go away. My perscription was only $16 to fill with out insurance. If you can find a doctor, mine was $35. So you’re looking at about $50 to get this thing taken care of. It makes me never want to wear a tampon again!

  194. July 7, 2009 1:33 am

    I currently have a tampon stuck in my vagina. I woke up in the middle of the night with horrible back pain and then remembered that I still had a tampon in- pulled on the string and ended up having agonizing pain from somewhere. I felt around and it appears to have turned sideways, and the head end is stuck… somewhere. I’m going to take a bath and if it wont’ come out then, I suppose I’ll have to go to the ER. It HURTS.

    • kate permalink
      July 19, 2009 11:47 pm

      this just happened to me i found it like a half hour ago i just sat on the toilet and kept pushing and pushing and feeling and feeling it was so gross but I found it now I just want to know how long til everything goes back to normal like my fresh cleanliness

  195. Samany permalink
    July 10, 2009 8:34 am

    I just got off of my period, and thought everything was normal. At the beginning of the week, I was constantly moist in my vaginal area. I started to notice an odor, so I was just showering as much as possible, and using baby powder to absorb the moisture. Finally, I decided to feel around to see if anything felt weird. I noticed something, and the only thing I could think of is that it was a tampon. I googled, and found instructions that said it was ok to pull it out, and that it wasn’t that uncommon. After pulling it out, I got a urinary tract infection. This got me to the doctor right away. What had only been a urinary tract infection for about 12 hours, under the microscope appeared to be very serious. When I told my dr about the lost tampon, the white blood cell count made sense, and she gave me a few simple meds to get me back to normal. I don’t think it’s anything for anyone to be too worried about. It’s completely embarrassing, and uncomfortable, but I’m glad I’m not the only person this has happened to.

  196. Stef permalink
    July 14, 2009 6:48 am

    I’ve just come back from the doctors after making an emergency appointment this morning. The poor soul has just had to pull out a tampon that has been in me for 2 weeks. The week before my period was due to start, I got sciatica and was on a whole bunch of medicines for the pain, so when my period was 3 days late I wasn’t too worried. I used a tampon as normal and continued after that although the blood flow was unusually low. I though I was just having a very light period, put it down to the meds and forgot about it. I week later I had sex with the bf and after we had finished and he pulled out there was the most disgusting smell (not fishy though) and the condom was coated in brown blood and mucus (embarrassing, confusing and bizarre as I’m a pretty healthy person). This was a week ago and ever since then I have been lightly spotting brown smelly blood – stopped having sex as it was too gross. I knew I didn’t have an infection as it all seems healthy down there and the doc suggested pregnancy but again, unlikely. At the appt he went to take a swab so the light and speculum had to come out and he immediately spotted the tampon (the thought HAD crossed my mind but I didn’t think it possible to put 2 in which is what I’d been doing). He took it out with no more pain/discomfort than a normal smear test. Yes there was a smell but of course there would be. Huge relief for everyone involved. He told me I was lucky I didn’t get an infection but has prescribed me Penicillin for a week as a preventative measure. It’s amazing how you only realise things are normal again AFTER they’ve been fixed because unless it’s psychological it now all feels like it’s working again down there and though I’m a it grossed out I’m really glad I went to the doctors lol

  197. erica permalink
    July 30, 2009 9:36 pm

    i am 14 years old .. i know i have a tampon stuck up me but im rearly scared
    i dont no what tss is and i dont want any infections
    i dont want to go to the doctor or tell any1 as i am embarrased ..
    i just want to get this thing out of me but how ??

    • broe07 permalink
      July 31, 2009 1:04 am

      I would suggest like the other have done bathing and then anchoring down and push, I have not personally tired this method but it seems to have worked for several ladies! I also had a tampon stuck today and was about to “fish” it out while sitting on the toilet, you can also try this method. If you just cannot get it out on your own you will need to tell your parents and get it removed right away. Good luck!

    • lloouupp permalink
      July 9, 2011 9:47 pm

      Yes same with me i am 22 years old and i got a tompon suck inside of me. I went to the doctor and they got it out. Then right ather i got back home i had Sex…. It hurt a lot every time he went in me. Now this monuth I have my peirod and it hurts worse than every befor. And i just had sex and my period stop. So i felt and i dont fell a tampon. But i went to the docs. And she said i do have a tampon in there stuck! But she said my period should not have stop… But turns out i might be pregnat!!

  198. Kristy permalink
    August 1, 2009 2:19 am

    I was laying in bed tonight, and I felt a little cramp like its time to change my tampon, I went to the bathroom and realized I didn’t have one in, I started fishing around and right away I felt something that felt like a tampon. It was a little smaller than a penny in diameter and it certainly felt like a tampon. I tried pushing, I tried pulling for over an hour and I could not get it out. I tried to feel up to the top of it, and it seems like it connected to my skin. weird i know. I could pinch this tube like thing at the bottom and I couldn’t feel it, but when I got towards the top it I could feel it. Is it possible that it is jammed up at the top really good, and when I try and grab it, it doesnt move? There isn’t any piece of my anatomy that would look or feel like that is there? Again, I’m not positive its a tampon, but it sure feels like one. I’m frustrated. any tips on how to get it out??!

    • August 1, 2009 9:00 am

      this is the same problem i was having and it turned out not to be a tampon. i guess thats just what it feels like up in there.

    • TLR 293 permalink
      August 1, 2009 1:29 pm

      This is likely your cervix (the end of you uterus). I can feel mine up there, its about as big as my thumb and connected on one end.

  199. Shannon permalink
    August 1, 2009 12:42 pm

    Wow, thank you all for sharing your experiences. Mine is slightly different in that it was actually a sponge that I had unknowingly forgotten high in my vagina for what I estimate 7-8 weeks time. The horrendous odor, unlike anything I have ever smelled prior and impossible to mask, was getting worse by the day and what I googled in search of a cause.

    At first, when I saw stories of forgotten or missing tampons as possible odor culprits, I didn’t even put two and two together and realize I may have forgotten something up there. Then this morning, the smell had taken over my whole apartment when I awoke and as a last ditch effort, I inserted fingers and fished around. I could not believe it when I felt the sponge way up near my cervix. It shocks me that I could be that forgetful. It was extremely hard to grip and remove, but I got it after about a 30 minute fight. I have been to the emergency clinic and examined…put on the two antibiotics because the doctor could see a lot of inflamation and lesions where my body reacted to the foreign object. Very scary, and a certain end to me putting anything not attached to a body in my vaginal canal ever again.

  200. August 8, 2009 12:53 am

    so about 3 and half weeks ago i got fingered & i still had a tampon in i think it might have come out when i went swimming but i’m not sure. after this i was so scared but i didn’t want to go to a doctor. so i didn’t but that week i was super stressed like more than usual and i would leak pee whenever i’d laugh sneeze or cough or get scared and it was weird. but there was no swelling or red itchness and i didnt feel sick, but whenever id open my legs it would smell. i just got my period about a day ago and when i take out my tampon it smell’s horrible! and it’s brown bloood. i tried looking for my tampon but i can’t find it. i really really dont want to go to the doctor but i wanna know whats wrong with me 😦

  201. SARA permalink
    August 8, 2009 11:21 am

    One week of smelling and wondering why I smelt and wondering if i had ever really gotten the tampon out gone. tried the suggestions on this page and much to my relief its out. no more wondering and freaking out about going to a doctor. i soaked in a bath for about twenty minutes, beared down and out it came. what a relief! mine got stuck i think from the impact of cliff jumping! yuck. yuck. yuck. try the bath soak, bear down grab a mirror and pull! and hopefully it will come out!

  202. louuu_x permalink
    August 8, 2009 3:10 pm

    oh my goshhh i am so relieved! i lost my virginity to my boyfriend a week ago and then came on my period a day or so later, i then came off and had sex again and i started bleeding (turned out was discharge) a lot and i thought this was something to do with having sex, turned out there was a tampon up there. after getting really scared and paranoid i had a feel to see if there was anything different up there and found a tampon… most embarrassing thing ever, luckily my boyfriend didnt notice and will never ever find out! so glad im not the only one!!!

  203. August 9, 2009 2:48 pm

    Oh my god, this has saved me an embarrassing trip to the doctors. Had sex on thurs nite and couldnt remember if i had taken my tampon out. next day i get symptons of a water infection, went to doctors and got antibiotics. felt little better, but it was the smell. it was awful. also i was getting headaches. was so aware of the smell so today looked up on internet my symptons…next thing i have a fish around and low and behold there is one in me. pulled it out eventually after alot of baring down of my stomach muscles. it stank but so glad got it out. going to continue my antibiotics but will def see the doctor if dont feel better soon. so glad i am not the only one, felt so stupid!!! just cant wait to be able to get the smell off my hands!!

  204. Suze permalink
    August 9, 2009 7:36 pm

    Like everyone else who left a reply oh here, I am so thankful that I came across this website! I never ever thought that I could understand how anyone would let this happen to themselves. I did it too! About six or seven days ago my period ended and I usually use pantyliners for the last couple of days, so I did not even register that I might still have a tampon in. I had sex with my boyfriend three days after the end and there was this terrible, awful smell afterwards with light brown watery discharge. It honestly smelled like death and human waste. I was so embarrassed! I just chalked it up to being the very tail end of my period, and called it a fluke. I thought if I just ignore it, maybe it will go away. Boy, was I wrong. Last night I went back over after thinking that the symptoms were going away. It was all good until we went to have sex. The horrible, awful smell came back. Definatly killed the mood. I told him I would schedule a Dr.’s appt this week and get myself looked at. Today my back hurt, kind of like cramps, and I felt very tired. I was freaking out a little over maybe having an infection of some sort, when I came across this website. I first tried laying down to see if I could find anything. I get nervous reaching too far up there, it feels pretty weird. I gave up after not finding anything. It stayed on my mind, and I tried the toilet idea. After some deep breathing and pushing, I finally found it waaaaaay up there. Ugh. But, I am so happy that I found the problem. It was my own carelessness, and not something really wrong with me. Thank goodness!

    • August 9, 2009 10:25 pm

      i went to the doctor & it was there! i’m so relived it came ouut. 🙂

  205. Ginger permalink
    August 13, 2009 10:28 am

    I left a tampon in for a few weeks, but did not know it – although I was having a brownish old blood SMELLY discharge that was still gong on two weeks after my period should have ended. . I usually use super size, then regular after my flow slows down. My daughter had left some slim size tampons behind and I decided to use one since it was near the end of my period. I don’t know if it was because it was smaller than I normally use or what but, thinking back, I do seem to remember thinking at one time “didn’t I already have a tampon in” when I went to change it, but no string. I am 49 years old and wondered if the prolonged discharge was due to maybe starting menopause. My husband and I have had sex and he never mentioned anything being in the way. I finally decided to get a douche. A few hours after I douched, I went to the bathroom and felt something trying to make its way out of my vagina. It was a tampon. It was smaller than I use, so I think it was the smaller one that I tried. It did not seem to be falling apart, as I have read on here – but then, I tossed it into the toilet immediately-not thinking about inspecting it. I don’t know if douching is the answer to getting an old tampon out, but it worked for me. I thought about douching again, but will not after reading on site great site that I shouldn’t. I DID eat some yogurt.

  206. alyssa permalink
    August 13, 2009 11:22 pm

    I had a drunken night on accident last night, couldnt remember if I took out my tiny last tampon of the cycle, and started getting paranoid cuz I had sex and thought it might get pushed up in there. Went to the gyno first thing this morning and she checked me with a speculum and her tiny hands that I doubt could have reached a thing. She said there was nothing in there. Do you think she could have missed it? I am crampy but that could be from all the fishin in there today, but is it possible she could have overlooked a tampon since it was a very small one for a lightday period?

    • Danielle permalink
      September 28, 2009 11:07 am

      Yes it is possible because it happened to me< my first doc visit< he delivered all four of my kids so he knew my vagina inside and out with his eyes closed lol< he missed the first one, i went two more weeks with him saying i had a BV and i went back to him on the third week and sure enough it was there he found it, i am facing this now because I am crampy and the smell is awful, i hate it as I am always a fresh person, I need to go get checked, but yes it is possible and he had a spectrum and his light and still missed it, dont mean to scare you but that is the reality of it

  207. sher permalink
    August 22, 2009 12:07 pm

    so about a year ago i had a tampon lost for about 2 weeks. i went to use the restroom one and it just came out. i felt much better but i didnt have insurance at the time. i finally got my insurance situation straigtened out and im wondering if i should go to the doctor. i’ve been getting these really weird pains in my abdomen and have had lots of discharge. i have an iud and im wondering if these symptoms could be from the tampon a year ago or maybe the iud or maybe just something else all together? can anyone help? has this happend to anyone after taking out the tampon?

  208. August 28, 2009 9:41 am

    Why is everyone saying that reading these entries makes them feel better?! I am SO SCARED now.

    A week ago I spent half the day at work fine before suddenly thinking, did I take out my tampon from last night? I hadn’t put a new one in, since I was finished for the month, but I panicked all day. I even went to the bathroom more than once to look for it.

    Here’s the thing. I only use the largest size, because I’m heavy but then over with it quickly. It would be a waste to buy two sizes. I know FOR SURE I took out my tampon before my husband and I had sex the night before. Then RIGHT AFTER I put a new one in before going to bed.

    Could it have gotten more easily lost because I was ‘open’ at the time? But this is a large tampon, and I usually have the issue of them starting to push out on me, not getting stuck up IN. I was also at the end of my period, as I said, and just put one in to be safe.

    I just can’t remember for sure if I took it out when I woke up. I use Ambien to help me sleep, and I might have just been a little out of it still when I did take it out.

    I checked thoroughly. My husband checked. We have had sex since that felt normal. So I passed it off. But now, a week later, I’ve come down with a cold, aches and pains, a little nausea, diarrhea last night, and I am FREAKING OUT all over again.

    Now, all I can think is even if I go in and have my doctor check, what if she doesn’t find it for months? This site has just made me so terrified from all the stories. Should I just go in? I have had no discharge or smell, but I’m so scared. Now, even if she finds nothing, I will never stop thinking she might have just missed it…

    • Rachel permalink
      August 30, 2009 12:14 am

      Yes! Go to the doctor! Always better safe than sorry!!

  209. Rachel permalink
    August 30, 2009 12:14 am

    I am so glad to find this as well! I was freaking out. I have not had a period in 2 years!! And recently got my wonderful Aunt Flo back. Well before when I had them I was a lot smaller, and a virgin. Since then I got married, and had a baby… So now sexually active and of course pushing my daughter out made things a little more spacious down there. I wish I had thought about that before! NOPE!

    So I went running with my husband. And when I got home I felt so dirty so went to check myself, sure enough there was blood all over my pants and underwear. I went to take out the tampon, but nothing was there! This happened to me in high school as well. And I am not comfortable with touching myself. Wonderfully enough my husband volenteered himself to help find my lost ‘friend’.

    We have found nothing, and are starting to think I just forgot to put a new one in at all. But the wrapper is in the trash…. the outer wrapper that is. I cannot find the cardboard insert either. I am very suspicous about the whole thing. Hopefully we find it soon, but I feel I can rest easy knowing it will be alright. Thanks All!

  210. Like a Virgin permalink
    August 30, 2009 11:43 pm

    Not just like a virgin, *am a virgin.* Let me save you some time. If you are one too, just call the county health department and go to a clinic. Trust me.

    I tried EV-ER-Y-THING tonight and nothing worked. Why? There’s not enough room in the “vault” to go on a recovery mission. Anything more than one finger is just too painful. Tried it all: bearing down (like for a BM) & reaching, soaking in a bubble bath, douching in the bubble bath, getting calmed down in a warm shower, putting one foot on the edge of the tub, and bearing down & reaching again. Nada.

    Don’t sweat it, but make an appt. and go right away. Found out they see this All. The. Time. The female OB/GYN I talked to tonight said she does a rescue mission at least once a week. So see? Don’t worry, just GO get it taken care of.

    Which I’m going to do tomorrow. 🙂

    • Like a Virgin permalink
      September 2, 2009 10:33 pm

      Update: Success!

      The next day, right before I left for the doctor’s office, I thought I’d try one more time. Had to go to the bathroom anyway… Whaddaya know? Had a real BM, got cleaned up, tried again, and *finally* found the cord!!! Don’t know if it was everything I tried the night before, the BM, or because the heavier flow on day #2 helped push the cord out, within reach. No more hidden tampon. Am one very grateful girl!!!

  211. Miranda permalink
    September 6, 2009 3:30 pm

    I’m pretty much freaking out myself! A couple nights ago, i put a tampon in before going over to a party. I ended up drinking wayyy to much vodka and got drunk out of my mind. Too make an awful long story short, i ended up haveing sex with some guy, and i dont remember takeing out my tampon. I’m pretty positive the guy did not take it out. Now i have a wierd color discharge and I’ve tried sticking my fingers up there and removeing it but im sure its pushed up to far back, and my fingers are to small to reach it. I told my mom i just forgot i had one in and accidently stuck another one in. If it doesnt come out im going to go to the doctor in the next few days to have it removed.. how embarassing.

  212. Nicola permalink
    September 20, 2009 8:34 am

    OMG: i have JUST discovered i have the same problem – after 2 weeks of worry, stress and embarassment. About a fortnight ago i noticed a foul smelling discharge that was so strong, everyone in the office could smell an offensive odour. Some of the girls are spraying perfume when i walk away from them (no-one has said anything because i am the boss, poor girls). I went to the doctors last week and the nurse said sounds like i have thrush and given me tabs. i also read about bacterial vaginosis (BV) so thought in case it is this i had better treat for this too, as the smell and discharge just got worse and worse (putrid smell, dark brown discharge – yuk). I ran to boots the chemist yesterday morning and spent £40 on all sorts of tabs to treat BV and probiotics as i have an important 3-day conference starting tomorrow that i cant possibly imagine attending with this pungent stench following me. anyway,i’ve just had a shower and i can feel something that doesnt feel like flesh inside my vagina. the discharge pours out when i remove my finger (double yuk). now i am waiting for my husband to get back as we will have to have a removal operation to get this thing outta me ! keep you posted later.

  213. Blame it on the alcohol... permalink
    September 23, 2009 5:32 pm

    Here’s my story… My husband and I celebrated our ten year anniversary this past weekend. Saturday night I got ready and put a tampon on so I wouldn’t have to wear a liner since my period was on the lighter side. Well we ended up having a bit too much to drink and the following morning we figured we had had great sex since we both were naked but couldn’t remember a thing. Anyway I went to the bathroom and i couldn’t remember removing the tampon I had put in the previous night. I felt in there and there was nothin So i just figured It had come out on it’s own or maybe i had pulled it out. Well it’s three days later and I have been feeling really dizzy and nauseated. I have had sex since then and everything was great. Suddenly, I started having a brown tinted watery discharge that smelled HORRIBLE…like rotten meat! I had never had any type of discharge like this but I came to the conclusion that it was still some period related discharge…but that smell told me something was not right. Thinking maybe it could be an infection I did some research and came across this site. I didn’t know that losing your tampon was even possible so I read through all the posts and came across one that said she had pushed as if she were delivering a baby…I have two kids so i figured I could try it. Well ladies I couldn’t freakin believe it when after about two minutes of intense pushing I felt down there and touched what I instantly recognized as a tampon it had been there for 4 days…so gross! The smell was awful and it was dark red/brown with some white spots it was intact and the cord was bunched in the center. I am just so relieved that thing is not in me anymore! I really wanted to share how this worked for me so here it goes: I sat on the toilet as if going pee and I pushed literally as if I had to go #2 and I also periodically tightened my butt muscles as I pushed. At first nothing happened but be patient and hopefully it will work for you too…good luck!

  214. Lily permalink
    September 27, 2009 2:15 pm

    I’m so very glad I came across this site and finding the comfort, camaraderie, silly stories and encouragement from the women who’ve posted here! My plight began two weeks ago when I was at the end of my period. That night, my boyfriend came over, whom I haven’t seen or spoken to for two weeks due to his no-phones-on-vacation policy. Needless to say, we celebrated our reunion with a couple bottles of wine and had sex. I woke up in the morning and the realization of my tampon(less??) situation smacked me. I got up to use the rest room and took the time to fish around down there and didn’t find anything. So, to reassure my myself, I fabricated a memory of taking the tampon out the night before.

    Long story short, I noticed the reddish/brown discharge after sex a couple of days ago. The smell that went with it sent a red flag up in brain. I just dismissed it but I could not ignore that it happened again last night. So, after my boyfriend left this morning, I googled my condition and came across this page. I read through 50% of the posts and tried the squatting over the toilet move. That didn’t work out too well for me. I came back and read through 80% more of the post and read about the results of a bath and squatting in the shower. Hot water, a bit of bath bubbles, my book and 30 minutes of soaking later, I tried the squatting and pushing method. Success! I felt something definitely not a part of my anatomy and pushed harder. Now mind, I had two fingers in trying to clamp down on the sucker. About 10 minutes in, repeatedly pushing and clamping, I wiggled the thing out and dropped it in the toilet faster than a hot potato!

    I’m going to invest in some yogurt after this and munch on that all day. Thanks so much for everyone’s post, thoughts and insights! For those of you experiencing it, keep trying! It WILL come out with a lot of determination!

    • Jessica permalink
      October 5, 2009 3:37 pm

      LOL your post is great!!

      Drop it like its hot just got a whole new meaning!

  215. Danielle permalink
    September 28, 2009 11:00 am

    I have the same story as everyone, on my period and went to take tampon out and did not find the string? I looked in my butt if the string got stuck there and i looked inside my vagina and everywhere, i found nothing, I asked my husband to look and feel and he found nothing, now him and I had sex a few times and his penis stunk so bad after we had sex, even though he is my husband I was still embarrassed ya know? I had him check me again last night cause the smell is so much worse now,u gotta think, His semen and your own stuff, also the blood in the tampon, makes for one nasty cocktail lol! I need to just go to the doc and have them check, this would not be the first time< this would be the third time I did this, one time the doc pulled it out and opened the windows in the dead of winter, he was gagging and he is a doc! he sprayed and sprayed, i was so embarrassed but swore I would never do it again and now look, just be cautious and try to always keep on top of ur tampon removal and insertion.

    • Jessica permalink
      October 5, 2009 3:35 pm

      “this would be the third time I did this, one time the doc pulled it out and opened the windows in the dead of winter, he was gagging and he is a doc! he sprayed and sprayed,”

      Sorry but this totally has me laughing for some crazy reason.. I would have DIED if the doctor starting to gag..

  216. lisa permalink
    October 2, 2009 2:53 am

    i always use tampons, i was on a flight to New York city and these days you are not allowed to stand by the bathroom on united airlines when they are to land. then the seat belt sign went on and i had to return to my seat. so could not use the bathroom to remove tampon. it was in for 6 hours overnight. i then had to clear customs and completely forgot about it until i was having unprotected sex with my boyfriend, when he fingered me and pulled out the tampon, about ten days later . lucky he found it and not the doctor.

  217. Jessica permalink
    October 5, 2009 3:31 pm

    OMG I’m glad I’m not alone..

    I cannot for the life of me remember if I put a tampon in or not.
    It was at the end of my period so super light. I was going to the store
    so I had on a pad and I don’t recall if I put a new tampon in or not?
    The day before I bleed through my pad so I got paranoid about going out with
    out a tampon…
    ugh I hate the feeling of not knowing.. Then I’m wondering if I’m just
    freaking myself out and imagining it.. Well back to my lovely story
    Last night DH and I did the “bedroom tango” Now I’m wondering if
    I have a little white friend in there…..

  218. Nurse in Texas permalink
    October 15, 2009 1:11 pm

    I came across this site by accident but I feel so sorry for all who have feared this situation. I was a Baylor OB/GYN nurse for years & saw this several times over the years. Yes, it stinks horribly, is embarrassing & can cause infection if not addressed but it CANNOT, let me repeat, TAMPONS CANNOT go beyond your vaginal cavity into your BODY. They CANNOT enter the cervix so as the doctor before said, they are just in a weird space where they were missed. The bath soaking & pushing down *like during a bowel movement* might help you find it but if not, go to your doctor or ER if you don’t have a doctor. Since (in many of your stories that YOU wrote) alcohol had alot to do with you “not remembering”-maybe be a little more careful about drinking to that point. A lost tampon is probably the least of your worries if you cannot remember the night before! Stay safe, stay healthy!

    • October 15, 2009 2:05 pm

      Thanks for your comment. I pretty much leave this thread alone, but saw your comment and wanted to thank you for reassuring folks.

  219. Brittany permalink
    October 20, 2009 10:34 pm

    okay okay okay,

    i KNOW i lost one, it happens to me all the time… the only difference is they ALWAYS come out.. this one on the other hand has been missing for amonth, i cant have any sex because it hurts, my back hurts, my head hurts, and now i am on my period again!! and it hurts double do to the fact that i now have CRAMPS and sharp side pains, :/…

    should i go to the emergency room or should i just wait it out… i dont have insurance or money so i cant go to my OB anymore(thanks economy).. a lil advice ?? :] pls & ty

  220. Dani permalink
    October 21, 2009 7:31 am

    I would suggest going straight to hospital. A left tampon can go bad inside you and be very damaging. Tampons are also associated with Toxic Shock Syndrome. Which is why it is very important for you to have it taken out as soon as possible. The possible reason for it hurting during sex is because it is pushing the tampon even further up inside the vagina. The best and safest thing for you to do would be to go straight to the emergency room and have it taken on. Toxic shock syndrome can leave you infertile, and even worse kill!

  221. Meg permalink
    October 24, 2009 11:34 am

    I read some of these stories online and thought it would never happen to me. I even to set alarms in the middle of the night to change them. My period finished over a weeks ago. For the past few days I noticed an increase in vaginal discharge, but no smell or colour changes. I don’t know why, but last night I just got hit with the realisation that there could be a tampon still lurking in my Love Mitten. I don’t know why but I just thought it was maybe a possiblity, almost like an instinct or premonition. So I stuck two fingers up my Pearly Gates and felt something foreign. Sure enough, it was my 10 day old Dracula’s Teabag, now a horrible grey colour, though it didn’t have an offensive smell. I have been feeling fine, bar a little bit of lightheadedness, which I have all the time due to anemia. My discharge is starting to subside a little; I figure my Honey Pot was just working overtime to try flush the tampon out or something.

    Should I maybe see the doctor on Monday just to be on the safe side?

  222. Ebby permalink
    November 3, 2009 2:17 am

    OK halloween night this happened to me!! I am not sure if I removed the tampon before having sex with my husband. I have pushed like I was having a BM and no luck, also stuck mu fingers up there as far as they would go and still I dont feel anything. I plan on soaking in the tub tomorrow to see what happens but if nothing by friday then I am definetely going to the ER. Any other suggestions?

  223. November 10, 2009 2:35 pm

    Okay.. I have a question. I’m getting forgetful in my old age. Can you have a tampon in and not know it and then insert another one, shoving the other one up and not realizing it? I think I may have done this. Wouldn’t I feel it? Because I’m periomenopausal, mine are quite heavy and have to use Super Plus. I went to go change and couldn’t find string so I assumed that I just never put on in, but then I got to thinking that I must have because the flow is insane. I’m just worried I have one stuck way up there now.

    • Kyala permalink
      December 1, 2009 2:46 pm

      it is very possible….I had to use super plus because my birth control makes my periods absolutely miserable ill fill on up in an hour. i just today found a forgotten tampon after wondering why i had such a horrible and foul smell and dishcharge…i never felt any pain and i even had sex a few times!!! Tomorrow im going to the dr’s just to make sure i didnt get an infection.

  224. Susanna permalink
    November 11, 2009 2:30 pm

    If Bo
    Has heavy flow
    Try Instead Softcup, no?

  225. alex permalink
    November 19, 2009 2:02 pm

    After reading these stories, I’m not sure if a lost tampon is my problem or not. It’s not any STDs and I’m positive about that becuase I was recently tested. I just ended my period about a week ago, but one night I was drunk and didn’t remember taking my tampon out. I tried the whole “bearing down” exercise and couldn’t feel anything. And sorry for all the details, but I’m very small so I could feel everything. I’ve been getting a dark red, almost brown spotting (no smell though really) as of last night and I have no idea what else it could be. Like stated before, I ended a week ago and I’ve never had this happen to me. Any ideas on what it could be?

  226. Kerri permalink
    November 22, 2009 1:58 pm

    So my story is a bit different then anyone I read, I didn’t read them all yet. About a year ago I took out my tampon and it had broken in half. I tried but did not find the other half. I didn’t freak out I assumed my body would break it down but from what I read now this is probably not the case. But since then I find it very uncomfortable to wear a tampon (mostly numb pain in abdomen) or being on top during sex. I haven’t had any usual discharge or smell but reading these stories has made me become concerned. I’ve been to embarrassed to bring my suspicions up to my doctor him being male.

  227. kristin t permalink
    November 22, 2009 4:33 pm

    well here i am, and i’ve just gone through something gross that i never thought would/could happen to me. let’s just say i had sex with my boyfriend and we both noticed a foul odor afterward. i had also had a slight cramping sensation all day and was constipated. a sinking feeling hit my stomach when i realized that tampon i put in yesterday.. yeah.. i don’t remember taking it out! i found this site, and read every single post. i felt so much better because this isn’t something as uncommon as i thought, but still i was filled with worry.. what if i couldn’t get it out? i don’t want to go to the doctor! i don’t want to go to work and stink! how embarassing!! i tried sitting on the toilet and pushing, but that didn’t work. i watched Dr. Gurley’s video, and decided to soak in a bathtub and then follow her instructions. a lot of these posts don’t go into detail how they got this horrid little thing out.. so i will and hopefully it will help someone.

    1. watch dr. gurley’s video. if you can get past the bad audio situation, not only is there some useful info but the humor will make you feel better.
    2. soak in a warm bath. i was in there for an hour!
    3. get some KY. having lube on my fingers helped immensely. cut your fingernails too.
    4. put the ventilation fan on, get in the tub, put the paper towels down, and have 2 plastic bags handy. oh yeah and some FEBREEZE!
    5. put one leg up, lean over, stick a lubed finger in there and push. pushing will open up your vajayjay so you can get to lengths never thought possible. don’t be scared.. it really doesn’t hurt! sweep around with your finger, go farther up and up and then (hopefully) you will feel something not quite fleshy.
    6. now that you’ve located IT, pushpushpush and try to get two fingers up there. try to get to the walls surrounding IT so you don’t push it farther up. soon you will find you will be able to grab IT.. and.. out IT comes! this took me about 15 minutes and lots of lube..
    7. this thing will STINK! you need to wrap it up as soon as possible and take out the trash after you get all cleaned up (or have your poor boyfriend do it like i did, hah). spray your febreeze all over the place. and now, finally, you can laugh about it.

    okay girls, good luck. it’s not painful when you’re in there but afterward you will probably experience some cramping like i am now. what a day this has been.. but alright, it’s over, and i can get on with my life. and my experience will help other girls with a lost-and-found issue!!

  228. November 22, 2009 10:07 pm

    I have never been so thankful for painful endometriosis in my life. I haven’t been able to wear tampons since 8th grade.

    Thank God.

  229. michelle permalink
    November 24, 2009 11:18 pm

    I never knew how common of an issue this was until it JUST happened to me! I had put a tampon in because I knew I would be starting my period within a day and I had forgotten about it because I knew that I hadnt started it before I went to bed. I usually start my period in the morning after going to the bathroom and I did that next morning just like normal so I put a tampon in. Well, later that day I realized that I never took the previous tampon out! I keep tracing my memory trying to figure out if I did take it out and just forgot but I was pretty sure I didnt take it out. So, I tried searching for it several times the way they tell you to and couldnt feel anything! Well it started to bug me that I knew I didnt take it out so much that I finally got the courage to go to the doctor and they found the tampon and was able to remove it very fast..the whole thing took ten minutes and I am very glad I got the courage to go and avoid serious complications! The doctor said it happens all the time so dont feel embarassed..better safe than sorry!

  230. Kristie permalink
    November 25, 2009 7:52 am

    I am really not sure what is going on. A few days after I stopped my last period I started getting cramps again and had blood in my discharge only when I peed. After 2 days of that the blood stopped but I still had cramps and a lot of thickish greenish discharge. I was going to see the doctor but it is a pain with two kids, one car, and my husband at work all day. That and it’s a bad time of year for a $30 copay. I am a self medicater by proffession 🙂 and I refilled an old antibiotic prescription I had figuring this must be a bladder or kidney infection. I have been taking this going on day four now, and I still have cramps and discharge. Should the antibiotic be halping by now if I was right with my diagnoses? Could it be possible I forgot a tampon in there? I have had sex a few times since this has been going on. My husband is rather well indowed and it doesn’t hurt and he hasn’t felt anything. When I reach in all the way I can feel the tip of my IUD string. Is it even possible to lose a tampon passed an IUD? The discharge smells a bit but there isn’t an odor just eminating off of me. What do you all think? Thanks ahead of time.

    • I had toxic shock permalink
      November 29, 2009 5:23 pm

      different antibiodics work on different things.. what antibiotic do you have?

  231. I had toxic shock permalink
    November 29, 2009 5:21 pm

    Okay ladies, Let me set a few of you straight who are scared you have toxic shock syndrome (TSS). YOU WILL KNOW IF YOU HAVE IT. I had it, I got it because I am 100lbs and under 5 feet tall and was using the tampons with the highest absorbancy and the highest deodarant content. These tend to have the most toxins in them and if you are small… your risks are higher of contracting TSS. You can also get TSS from using a Sponge birth control. I had just finished my period and was using the sponge birth control when I started getting violantly ill. Diarhia, vomiting and a VERY high fever…. by the time I got to the hospital my temp was 105 and my blood pressure was 60/40. I kept passing out from the low blood pressure… This is something you won’t miss… trust me….. you will know if you have it.

    They called in my family and told them I had about 3 hours to live. I was in ICU for three weeks and luckily survived…. I think….. Since I survived Toxic Shock, I have had nothing but trouble. I had to have a complete hystrocetomy because of the high fever and the toxins… I also had to have my gallbladder, appendix, tonsils, anything that could come out they took out because they say that the high fever…eventually climaxing to 108… cooked everything. I now have been diagnosed with Lupus, have had to have my hips replaced because they said the bones were dying from the inside out with something called Necrosis… which was from all the medicine they gave me to survive. I have had kidney problems…lung problems… all kinds of issues. Immediatly following TSS I lost all my hair, my skin on my hands and feet down to the bare nerve and I lost my hearing for almost a month. The skin grew back and so did the hair… but really… was all this worth it to use a tampon?????

    Trust me… they say it doesn’t happen anymore… it does! They say it can’t happen to you… it can! I will gladly give anyone my medical history to prove to them that this still happens… you cannot sue them because they have a paper warning in the box. It says TSS will possibly kill you….. it doesn’t say that if you survive, you will be more miserable than if you would have died. It has ruined my life.

    Anyone that tells you that it cannot happen anymore is an idiot. Anyone that tells you that you get it because you leave a tampon in…doesn’t know what they are talking about… I didn’t leave a tampon in.


    Feel free to ask me any questions….

  232. Kyala permalink
    December 1, 2009 2:36 pm

    Im 21 with 2 kids i had my 2nd child 2 months ago. I recently went and got the depo vera shot.Well my period was HORRIBLE!!!!! I was literally filling a super absorbency tampon every hour and no im not exagerateing. My boyfriend and I had sex and i took out my tampon and there wasnt any kind of pain but it smelled kind of strong and we both thought it was just because it was a heavy flow.Then the next time we had sex the smell was so strong he said it was hard to “finish” and when i went to clean up I noticed it wasnt red it was brown and boy did it stink. I thought it was just old blood and it would be over. After a few days i finally reached up in and i felt something but i couldnt grab it or make out what it was so i freaked out thinking there was something out of place up there. But today i was in the shower n went to feel it again and noticed it was lower n i thought it felt like a tampon so i pushed it out like it was a baby lol. It was sick the smell made me gag. Tomorrow i go to the gyno just to make sure i didnt get an infection. I have no idea when i forgot about that tampon. I was changeing them so often i just probably put one in n pushed this one up. Deff. embarassing i could smell it just sitting on the couch….its crazy girls have to worry about that stuff

  233. Emma permalink
    December 1, 2009 5:17 pm

    So.. on Sunday I’m at work and me and the girl I work with randomly talk about this happening to people. I keep saying things like “I dont know how people forget..” etc. This morning I went to use the bathroom, felt something weird, looked down, and there it is, a “mystery” tampon that has been up in there somewhere for the past 2 weeks. I could not believe it!!! No side effects, no bad smells, nothing. I just thought it was pretty funny/ironic that while I’m talking to my coworker I had one in that I had no clue about…wowww.

  234. Denise permalink
    December 5, 2009 1:49 am

    Ok so about 3 months ago I had my period and put in a tampon before I left for a friends house to drink. I went a little overboard and got extremely drunk. I don’t remember any of it after being at the party for about an hour and supposedly my best friend even had to wipe me after I had peed! GROSS! So the next day I woke up anxious/nervous to be told what had happened the night before when I remembered I had put a tampon in. I ran to the bathroom and there was no tampon string to be found. I didn’t fish around for it since i had always been very good about removing my tampons so i had decided I must have removed it already. I have not experienced any foul smelling discharge or discomfort but I am still worried. Should I just let it go or seek medical attention?

  235. Lauren permalink
    December 5, 2009 10:14 am


    I use to never wear tampons. Now that I’m married, tampons are easier to put in and go in without pain. Yesterday, I took out an old tampon and put a new one in. Right before I went to bed something told me to take out my tampon so that I would get TSS. I’m almost positive I went to bed instead of taking the tampon out. This morning, I went to the bathroom to pee and to remove the tampon and I couldn’t find it! I’ve tried several positions, squatting, and pushing to get the tampon out. My finger has gone waaaaay far back. I did feel a squishy thing that felt like my tampon and it did come down when I pushed but when I grabbed it with two fingers it felt attached and wouldn’t come out. I think it’s part of my vagina… Is this the tampon?

    What should I do? I don’t want to get sick but I can’t find my tampon!! I’m very prone to kidney infections and I’m afraid this would cause me to get very sick.

    • Susanna permalink
      December 10, 2009 5:32 am


      The squishy thing may be your cervix. Does it hurt when you pinch it? If not, just pull harder.

      • December 14, 2011 11:13 am

        I have the same concern! I am scared I might be feeling my cervix and not a tampon – it’s right where diagrams show the cervix is supposed to be, but I’ve never tried to feel the cervix til now, so I don’t know if that’s what it is! How can I tell if it’s my cervix or not? The touch of it feels like the skin inside me, but I just don’t know! It doesn’t budge at all and I don’t want to try to yank my cervix out. Also, how can you tell if a tampon is “behind” your cervix like some people have said?

  236. rocio permalink
    December 5, 2009 9:32 pm

    omg im so frekin aut i use tampooons all the time since i was like 15years old and since then i never had this problem happen to me know few weeks a went to the dr and she sed o no theres nothing wrong with u no tampoon!i even had a pap and eveything is just normal then he sed some women they have normal discharge and thats normal i think ok maybe since im turning in my 20s ok but know that im like this more than 3 weeks. im wondering wats really this normal for me. Even my husband told me thats not u,,U dont smell like this. omg i dush like twice and smell dont go at all. I try to find it!! but just not finding nothing what should i due????? should i just go to the doctor? but i dont want to go stink the room up. lol Cause i know its really going to smell and bad!!

    • Cheryl permalink
      December 23, 2009 7:41 pm

      I would really advise going to the Doctors, I had no idea whatsover what was wrong with me and no inkling until it came out naturally, let me know how you get on

  237. frankie permalink
    December 9, 2009 8:02 pm

    i had a tampon in me for 2 weeks i went down a really fast water slidea and it kinda shoved it up there
    i am only 15
    i took it out today
    i feel completely fine not sick at all
    i just noticed a bad odor and a little discharge and it re occured to me that what if i left a tompo in
    should i be worried?
    do i absolutely neeed to see a doctor? i dont want to
    i mean i feel fine i am just worried please help me out

    • Jess permalink
      January 1, 2010 6:13 pm

      thats what i was wondering if i needed to go to the dr. if you feel fine i would not worry but if any real bad abdominal pain presists then i would definitly go girl….

  238. Cheryl permalink
    December 23, 2009 7:39 pm

    This has actually just happened to me, I am actually due a MRI Scan tomorrow as the Doctor thought I might have slipped a disk in my back onto a vain causing the foul smelling leakage (I also have back pain from an injury a couple of years ago) Went to the toilet after fooling around with my partner and one plopped out…. Thank God that I know what it is now, this forum really helped me as I googled it thinking omg is this what is causing it. Thankyou so much!!!

  239. Jess permalink
    January 1, 2010 6:11 pm

    Ok. So a few days after having my period, me and my boyfriend we having sex and we both noticed a horrible, horrible smell. I didn’t know what to think… so another period comes along and it’s still there. I read all day long on the internet. I had websites that tell me i have bv and needed to go to the dr. well luckyly i didnt cause i would of been SOOOOO EMBARRASSED!! my boyfriend and I one night were fooling around and he pulled OUT this Ugly smeeling thing. it was a 2 month old tampon!!! im still scarred to put them in lol!! but just make sure to go to the doctor if any thing else!!!

  240. January 1, 2010 6:55 pm

    Just a reminder – I usually leave this comment thread alone, but will remove any particularly mean ones (such as calling one another “bitch”). If I miss something you think is overly rude, please feel free to send me a message (and I may or may not remove that comment).

  241. stacie permalink
    January 3, 2010 1:21 pm

    I am not sure if I have too lost a tampon. The problem is I have an IUD so when I search up there I am pretty sure that’s what I’m feeling. I don’t want to pull the wrong thing out! Any one experience a lost tampon that has an IUD??

    • horrified permalink
      February 23, 2010 3:11 pm

      I have an iud also, and had a lost tampon and if you feel a tampon you will definitely know! I think I felt my iud, but that was more of a very very thin string. The tampon was very obvious. Mine was hidden well, but once I felt it, I knew exactly what it was.

  242. Ashley Greenberg permalink
    January 7, 2010 10:20 pm


    Now you can see why a womans place is in the House…and in the Senate, and above all in the White House.

    But seriously- for all of you whose stuck tampons led you to stink even as you were having sex- what kind of animal are you having sex with?

  243. January 9, 2010 7:08 pm

    Hi, am confuse i was in the emergency to remove a tampon which they did. the doctor prescribe medication for five days. how long before i can have intercourse?

    • Holly permalink
      January 22, 2010 12:25 pm

      I would wait until you feel normal down there or a week after you finish your medicine, but I’m not a doctor, you should ask a doctor.

  244. January 14, 2010 3:40 pm

    This happened to me about a week ago,
    I didnt realise that the tampon was inside me but a couple of weeks later i had the most horrible smell coming from my vagina. I then decided i would feel if i could feel it inside, i couldnt reach. I then sat on the toilet seat and spread my legs wide and pushed very hard, after a short amount of time, the tampon was passed, it had brown/red things on it, i assume this is protective guarding the vagina uses when something unrecogniseable is put there! I hope you use this to good effect keep calm and if it dosent pass through make sure you go to the doctors!!

  245. Ruby permalink
    January 16, 2010 2:13 pm

    I was so shocked to have googled “lost tampon” and have found all these responses. It seems like all your stories hit the nail on the head. After reading them, i was intent on finding that tampon and sure enough, using two fingers to search, i found the tampon and pulled it right out. Now im just relieved that i dont have to visit the docotor’s office. Thank you to all!

  246. Jay permalink
    January 17, 2010 9:14 pm

    so glad that J found this site..
    so,so glad…
    J have put “one” in , 4 days ago..just for practice..and J’m thinking day before yesturday that J must have taken it out and just forgotten.
    But yesterday,my stomach felt strange all day..,
    today..tried to take it out, in all the ways J could think off..and felt quite stupid..tomorow ..J’m calling my doctor..!
    thanks ladys..for shareing you’re storys..
    J’m so relived ..

  247. Jay permalink
    January 18, 2010 11:41 am

    came back from the doctor..
    damn thing is not there anymore.. :-))
    first J’m feeling litlle beat stupid..but now : just relived !

  248. Steph permalink
    January 21, 2010 7:46 pm

    ok so today i put a tampon in and it hurt like crazy.. like i cried it hurt so much, and ive taken it out and am currently wearing a pad but it still hurts, like theres something in my guts stuck or something, i dont want to go to the doctor but i dont know what to do.. im in severe pain and this sucks.. what do i do? someone please HELPPP!!

    • Holly permalink
      January 22, 2010 12:23 pm

      It could be serious, it sounds like it at least. I have been sore before but if it hurt that much, I advise a doctor. Sorry, hope you’re okay.

  249. Holly permalink
    January 22, 2010 12:22 pm

    The other morning I went to removed my tampon but couldn’t find one. I tried bearing down and reaching around with a couple fingers for like an hour, I couldn’t find anything. At one point I felt like I might be able to find something but I couldn’t tell. Now I’m swollen from trying for so long. I couldn’t get anything and was bleeding really heavy as it was still the beginning of my period so I had to put another one in but I am just using normal ones instead of supers.
    If I lost one it was a light one and this has happened before and it just fell out. Should I not worry about it unless there is an odor or … I dunno. I could have already taken it out but I don’t remember doing that and am almost convinced i lost it but cannot find it. I am worried but CANNOT afford to go to a doctor and no free clinics, etc etc..

  250. relieved tina andrew permalink
    January 24, 2010 5:14 am

    thanks for all the info guys – yesterday morning my boyfriend and i were having sex and in the middle of it we could smell this retched/foul/dead like smell coming from my poon and we had to stop it was SO bad it put us both off. So for the last few days we have been wondering what it could be and because it was a weekend we needed to wait till monday to see a dr. Everytime i would pee there would be a very faint red blotch on the toilet paper, i thought i must have a bad infection or that something really bad was going on inside me. My boyf and i were looking on the internet for the last few days trying to see what it might be and i stumbled across this site. I didnt even think that it might be a lost tampon, the thought never crossed my mind once. I thought i may as well go and have a look, it took a long time and two hands with a lot of concerntration i got it out. It was so disgustingly stinky when i finally puled it out and i was absolutely frightened by the thought that it may have been in there for over a week! I feel really dirty and gross. Im really relieved that the problem is over and that i didnt have to go embarrass myself by going to see a dr, and i am totally put off using tampons again! Im gonna tell my sisters and all my girlfriends about it so this never had to happen to them- totally traumatic!!!!!!

  251. No Tampons Allowed permalink
    January 25, 2010 11:40 am

    I read these comments and I swear it makes me glad I never used tampons. Never actually learned how because nobody I knew used them, but wow, am I glad. I hope all of you who are still having problems post search and rescue will be okay. It will probably just take time, but I think the comments that say, “go to the doctor” are good ideas. It’s not a waste of time for anybody if you really need help. A lost anything inside of any part of your body requires help.

  252. lost tampon?? permalink
    January 26, 2010 9:50 pm

    Hi! I got off my period about a week ago and am worried if I might have a forgotten tampon…I feel fine and no foul smelling odor…just a nervous freak and worry about everything…should I be worried if I feel fine and have no foul odor? I also have tried to fish around up there for one and nothing….All responses are greatly appreciated!

  253. Lara Adamns permalink
    January 29, 2010 1:54 pm

    Arriving home from Egypt after suffering from a serious bout of food poisoning (diarrhea and vomiting simultaneously) I immediately got my period. For three days i was busy unpacking, getting back into life, rehydrating and still feeling sick and weak. My partner and I who have been going through a tough time in our relationship tried to have sex. However he noticed that I was getting wet at all. When he was in me he said in a shocked manner that it felt like I had a tampon still in. Feeling immediately embarressed that he would think I was so unhygenic I brushed it aside. Expect the smell was so bag we immediately had to have showers. For days I smelt. I thought was a yeast infection. I thought it made sense because I had been very dehydrated, and had very severe diarrhea (which could lead to infection). My boyfriend refused to touch me in a sexual way. Thinking the infection would go away if I drank lots of water and kept the areas clean my boyfriend and I decided to have a ‘romantic’ night. Just as I was primping myself and cleaning, I noticed that I felt it in there and just pulled it out.

    Green. Grey. Toxic. Undescribable smell. Worse then death.

    I can’t believe this has happened. Where did the string go??

  254. Weird, for want of a better word. permalink
    February 3, 2010 5:28 pm

    I’m experiencing something extremely extremely odd.

    I read quite a few of these stories and from what I can see there are none at all similar to mine. I’ve had a very extensive search for the tampon, and it’s not so hard to find… but it’s on the other side of my vaginal wall. Well, perhaps not, but there is indefinitely a layer of tissue (or whatever) between my reach and the tampon. I can slide my fingers around the entire thing, gauge its size and shape and ascertain that it’s the real deal, but all on the other side of a layer of (skin?). I don’t really know a good deal about anatomy, but I’ve read somewhere in this post that it is impossible for a tampon to find its way out of the vagina.

    OR, is it a possibility that it could have gotten away into some tube or other during sex? I mean, I’ve been getting some fantastic ideas about my curious tampon motoring through my fallopian tube like the magic school bus. This sounds ridiculous, and I’m aware of my ignorance when anatomy comes into question, but is it possible a tampon could somehow find its way out? It’s just too bizarre! In my efforts to retrieve the damn thing I scoured every inch of vaginal wall as far as I can reach, trying to find an opening of some kind. It doesn’t feel too comfortable and my stomach is bloated, though it only went walkabout last night.

    I assure you I ain’t no fool, there’s a layer of skin/tissue or whatever the fuck and that’s that. I’ll go to a doctor if I can’t search it out, but any suggestions where to look? Could I have some strange defect?

  255. horrified permalink
    February 21, 2010 9:11 am

    I have so enjoyed reading through all of these stories. Mine is very similar to many of yours. I have an IUD, so I don’t get regular periods, but mine must have ended about 4 weeks ago. Fast forward to a few days ago when I noticed a stench trailing me wherever I went. Not pleasant. By yesterday I had had enough. I also had a sudden horrific realization that I don’t think I ever took the tampon out after my last period! Another woman commented that she wishes she had the excuse that she was drunk….I also wish I could say the same thing, mine was just pure stupidity.
    You might ask how on earth a woman could have a tampon inside her and not notice anythying for 4 weeks? Well, I don’t have an answer to that. Apparently my vagina is as roomy as a double wide trailer though, because I had no problems when my husband and “the stowaway” were co-existing. Honestly, I didn’t have any pain.
    Anyway, armed with determination to get to the bottom (no pun intended) of the smell, I locked myself in my bathroom and went on a search and recovery mission. At first I was afraid to explore myself in that manner, but knowing I had to get rid of the odor kept me going. Some of you reading might know that you have something lurking in your nether-regions and might wonder how far up you need to go to find the little bastard. Well, when you think you are going to be able to pick your teeth…keep going. Trust me, mine was hiding out better than Osama Bin Laden, but finally after about 10 minutes EUREKA!!!! I pulled it out, and along with it came a foul wind. Now at this point, you have heard many stories about “the odor”. If I had to describe it I would ask you to imagine an abandoned slaughterhouse, a fish market, and a tar factory all simultaneously exploding in your crotch. Try to invision the stench…’s worse.

    After extraction I threw it in the toilet like it was a live grenade. I didn’t really examine it to see if it was all there. I washed my hands 8 or 9 times and LITERALLY sprayed them with bleach. It did finally disipate after a while.

    I’m so happy it’s over. I’m so happy I can sit cross legged and not wonder if someone hid a dead body under me. I’m so happy I managed to do this when my husband was gone. For now, I think my relationships with tampons are over. Until Tampax manufactures something that sounds an alarm if it’s left in your body too long, or comes equipped with GPS, I think I’ll stick to good ol’ pads.

  256. patricia permalink
    February 22, 2010 9:19 pm

    I started haved foul smelling brown gooey discharge 3 months ago. My husband convinced me that I could be going through the “change” Just a few days ago, I started having lower back pain and abdominal pain. Along with this nasty brown discharge. I was convinced I had either a UTI or Yeast infection. So, I went to the drugstore and purchased Monistat for a possible yeast infection, and cranberry pills to treat a possible UTI. I felt really bad the next day, and then this morning while taking my shower, plop, out of me comes this disgusting object. I was in shock! I picked it up and noticed it was a tampon! UGH! I was horrified! I do no use tampons very often. I did go to the Dr. today and was told that I was very lucky to be alive. Now, I have a lot of meds to take, but I hope I am on my way to recovery.
    I never thought this would happen to me! I have banned tampons for now.

  257. Terri permalink
    February 25, 2010 6:02 pm

    I have been with my boyfriend for 8 months, and always find the time of the month a very strange time, i always feel embarrassed and self concious! The other night, i was asleep, and woke up in the morning only to find out that my tampon was laying in the middle of the floor. I was completely mortified. I had no recollection of the incident, I didnt even have any semi concious thoughts, i was cold out! Was sooo tired it was unreal. I have no clue why this happened. I wouldnt even dream about doing something like this! I was so embarrassed, but my boyfriend doesnt mention it! I dont understand why it happened:(

  258. nel permalink
    February 26, 2010 2:32 pm


    Wow…. heres my story… My last period was Dec 2009. With Xmas. Moving. and all sorts of other stuff going on- I guess I forgot my last tampon- or one.

    Anyhow– my hub and i continued to have sex as no apparent hints or signs of the stench at least not yet. We were also trying to conceive so my mom being medicine woman gave me some lydia pinkham tea made of natural herbs (which is supposed to help with fertility issues) that tastes like 4 day old tea from whataburger.

    Well, about mid jan- we would start smelling the “foul” odor after sex- so we thought maybe it was the tea- stopped taking it for a few days and noticed the smell was not so strong so- would take the tea sporadically.

    Jan 27- found out i was pregnant…. feb 12–found out that the sac was empty (baby never developed) so i would need to take pills to release the sac….
    feb 25— as my dr did an ultrasound to make sure all the sac had passed– i guess she stuck the u/s wand pretty deep because I came home and shortly thereafter- something horrible just plopped into the toilet

    At first I thought it was the sac in its entirety— only to poke at it and realize OMG!!!

    Not sure if i should contact my dr and let her know or if i should just wait it out…

  259. brit permalink
    March 5, 2010 3:07 am

    okay i have been to the doctor several times because of a horrible discharge… everytime they told me it was just bv so in total i had been on antibiotics 4 times because they kept on telling me it was bv..finally i got a full physical done and the doctor told me that it was a lost tampon! i have noo idea how long that thing was in me for because the discharge and the symptoms was going on for at least a month! finally today i got the tampon out and i hope the symptoms are gone soon..if not im going back! wow never making this mistake again…

  260. Worried and Sore!! permalink
    March 6, 2010 3:02 pm

    I got my period on thursday, but last night I got a little drunk and ended up having 4 hours of really hardcore sex. The next morning I couldn’t remember taking my tampon out, and I’ve been having some bad pains up my vaginal area. What should I do?

  261. mona permalink
    March 8, 2010 4:27 pm

    I just pulled out my tampon but it was only half a tampon -it looked like it had torn in half inside me – is that possible or was the tampon faulty and not a full one? please help!

  262. nicole permalink
    March 14, 2010 3:26 pm

    wow girls! many wild things happen to us but its part of beaing a girl!! and always go to the docters office and quickly if its painfull and if not so painful then to a gynecologist for further asistance. trust me better now then later when ur sorry!

  263. Somebody permalink
    March 14, 2010 10:32 pm

    Hello everybody…so glad I found this site. I’ve really kind of been freaking out…my tampon is still “lost”! I’m a virgin, so getting two fingers in is impossible. I put in a tampon before a jog this afternoon. I couldn’t find the string to get it out! It’s been 11 hours… I’ve tried searching (with one finger) three times, and couldn’t feel anything (though I’m 99.99% sure I never took it out and that I DID put one in). I’ve tried “bearing down” a couple of times too. What should I do? Is there some other method? Should I just wait and let it come out on its own? I really don’t want to have to go to the doctor over this, let alone tell my mom, how embarrassing (not to mention I wasn’t supposed to be using a tampon that time, only for my sport) but I don’t want to keel over from TSS either. Ideas/tips/suggestions for getting this thing out? On a side note, if it matters, I’m on antibiotics for acne (I was for about a month, had a two week break, and then started on it again about two weeks ago with twice the dosage…I still have around another month left). Will this help protect me, or in any way affect me?

    • stacey permalink
      March 16, 2010 3:02 pm

      Hi Somebody,

      I know it might be embarassing to go to the doctors about it but if you are sure that you didnt take it out then u must get itchecked out. I have been under a gynochologist now for 6 months and have had many tests and smears done. Yet today they found the problem….a tampon….from 6 MONTHS AGO! I was horrified. The doctor said I was vry lucky as there have been people that have not been so lucky. It can cause infection and blood posioning. So dont feel embarrassed that you think you have lost it for only 11 hours….mine was 6 months!

      Just a quick check from the doc and you will be able to put your mind to rest.


  264. sleepless permalink
    March 28, 2010 8:57 pm

    Hi all… I think (don’t know) that i have left a tampon in, it will be a week tomorrow. I have tried everything that this site has told me and thought I had found my lost item but it feels like it is in a tube of its own or behind something. I can feel a small hole at the base of the mass and was wondering if anyone knows if it is possible to get one jammed in a fallopian tube? or is it stuck somewhere that I am not aware of. I am really uncomfortable with the whole idea of this thing being up there still and of it’s whereabouts… help?

    • Michelle permalink
      April 26, 2010 7:42 pm

      This may get emailed to you, and Im wondering the same thing, because I feel like the same thing happened to me! So if you get this could you reply, and let me know what happened?

  265. ashley permalink
    April 2, 2010 8:08 pm

    i am really scared im 13 and i could have sworn i put a tapon in the other night but when i woke it wasnt there. So i cheaked for it but couldnt seem to find it and im not sure if its there but i dont have the money to go to the docters and spend more money me and my mom are on a boughet and im scareddddd

  266. kairi permalink
    April 10, 2010 6:17 pm

    i accidentally had forgotten that i didn’t remove a tampon when my menstrual cycle was through on the last day, and it was left inside me for almost three weeks, which is when i discovered it and removed it. ever since, i’ve had a strange discharge, any idea what this can be identified as?
    i started my period on February 8th then discovered the last tampon on the 28th of February.
    ever since then, even now, i’ve had a yucky discharge. this will sound very distasteful but bear with me, but when me and my boyfriend have had sex recently, there’s a white discharge that is somewhat like gooey small balls of white. and i have become so embarrassed our sex life is on hold. but even normally i have that discharge throughout the day ever since then. ive been wearing panty liners each day because it still has been happening since i discovered the lost tampon. has anybody who has experienced a lost tampon had a lasting discharge? :/
    i’ve been scared about this ever since because it hasn’t come away. i have no pain or other symptoms, but has anyone else had this happen where they can offer any kind of advice? i’m trying to see a gynecologist but i don’t have my health insurance.

  267. Joce permalink
    April 13, 2010 10:16 pm

    ok… so I had my period a couple weeks ago. I’m forget everything. My periods are very light since I got the IUD – Mirena – and I usually just leave a tampon in for the day. I never have had a problem. No bad odors..NOTHING. So today I’m at work and had this feeling that I had got my I went to the bathroom to check and it was nothing but it had a weird smell. I had no symptoms of anything till today. So I go through my day and I could smell myself. I went home and went to the bathroom and it felt like I had something in me. So I grew a concern and went to check myself. I pushed out my tampon from 3 weeks ago!!! Now, keep in mind my periods are light and I had no blood on it. I’m MORTIFIED. So now that I took it out, I feel dizzy and crampy. I dont want to call my doctor and I was wondering if I can just let nature take it’s course?

  268. Ashley permalink
    April 19, 2010 10:07 am

    Wow, all I can say is thank you for these postings. I period was pretty much ended on Saturday, and my husband and I decided to go to the bar, so I figured I better put a tampon in just in case my period decided to come back, which it sometimes does. I got very very drunk, so we came home. I remember peeing, and I think I took it out but am not sure. I don’t flush them as we don’t have a lot of water pressure in out toilet, so I always wrap them in tp and throw in the garbage. However, nect morning there was not one there. So anyway, after I peed, we had sex. Sunday morning i looked in the garbage, no tampon, so I thought ok I must have flushed it I was really drunk. But I still can’t remember taking it out. I told my husband I was a little concerned, so we googled lost tampon and found this site. Took the advice of many and the doctor about sitting on the toilet and bearing down, did this a few time while fishing around. However, I have very small hands, which equals short fingers. So hubby fished around, still we can’t find anything. However, I did call my doctor, and they are getting me in as I am still worried. I too have no insurance, but I would much rather have a doctor bill and a clear mind on wether there is a lost tampon or not. So thanks everyone for the advice and am relieved to hear that this is more common than I thought, as I am 31 years old and I feel really dumb! lol

  269. Claire permalink
    April 26, 2010 2:43 pm

    I need help. I think i may have left a tampon inside me. I been havin stomach cramps for a while like maybe a few months like stabbing pains that last for 30 seconds then come back again later. I recently started leaking a light brown discharge with a mucusy texture. Does it sound like a tampon may be there?

    • Michelle permalink
      April 26, 2010 7:38 pm

      based on reading the other entries, I think it could be, If I were you I would see if you can feel anything in there, as awkward as that sounds. even if you can’t feel something it still might be a good Idea to go to the doctor, Its better to be safe then sorry.

  270. Michelle permalink
    April 26, 2010 7:37 pm

    So last friday, I swear I had put a tampon in, like most of you ladies. When I got home I went to finally pull the thing out, and it wasn’t there, now I know I put one in because it had been in the back of my mind all day, that I needed to switch it out, This was the last day of my period. When I couldn’t find anything, I thought .. maybe this is my imagination, because I didn’t see how I could lose a whole tampon and not notice, like what happened to the string? I “fished” around for it, and nothing. I went down stairs hopped on the internet and found this forum, which made me less embarrassed and more confident, in myself, that I definitely was wearing one, and had not removed it. I saw the entry, where this girl had tried pushing (like having a baby) I did this, and finally I think I felt something! I didn’t feel like the rest of me, but I still couldn’t get it and it seems to be at a weird angle. I had a tiny bit of brown-ish discharge but there isn’t as much now. Im going to keep trying but, I had my mom make me an appointment at the doctor. (Im under 18. )

  271. April 27, 2010 4:19 pm

    I am truly amazed how many women have “lost” a tampon and blogged about it. It sure makes women feel better to share stories. I realized a few days after my period was over that I had not removed a tampon and had blood-streaked discharge. I used by plastic speculum (the device used to view the vagina and cervix) to take a look with a flashlight and mirror and saw the tampon. I squatted and pushed and dislodged it and pull it our with my fingers.I have always kept my speculum in case I need to look at my vagina and cervix. You can read about doing self-help and self exam at the website. There are instructions on how to do self-exam and you can also purchase a speculum on the site as well. There are pictures of cervices also, so when you look at them it can help in understanding why the tampon can’t go anywhere but stay in the vagina.

  272. Jessica permalink
    April 29, 2010 6:51 pm

    Ok so about a year & a half ago, I guess I had for got & left a tampon in me! I noticed a very awful oder and a light brown discharge. The smell was disgusting, I didn’t know what was wrong with me! Well I put up with this smell for about 7 months. Yeah, I know. That’s very nasty. But I was too embarressed to go to the doctor or tell my mom! So about 7 months later, I’m sitting on the toilet and I feel something in my vagina, so I felt up there and I felt something fuzzy! I started freaking out. I literally thought my intestines were coming out of my body. So I pulled and pulled and whatever was coming out of me was never ending. Well when it was all said and done and I found out that what I had pulled out of me was a tampon. It smelled horrendous! I thought I was going to puke. Needless to say, about 3 days later the oder was completely gone and I was back to normal.

  273. kairi permalink
    April 30, 2010 5:08 pm

    to all the women here who helped and offered advice, thankyou. i went to my gynecologist a few weeks ago and was told an infection had become present after my lost tampon incident. i was given a prescription for an antibiotic and it didn’t work. about two weeks later, i went in this morning and my test results revealed that i had acquired a yeast infection, and my previous antibiotic wasn’t the one i needed. so i was given the proper prescription. so the only advice i have now, is make sure you see your gynecologist. there is the option of letting nature do it’s thing and eventually your body will heal itself because, yes, the human body is very capable good at healing, however you may not be able to see or detect any changes in your body that may be asymptomatic. you definitely don’t want any possibility of your body experiencing things that may harm it even if you think the removal of the tampon is the biggest step to a recovery. you can never be too say, especially when it comes to this area of your health. good luck to everyone who is going through it, and if anyone has any questions about my visit to my gynecologist that may help clear anything up for you, like some of the information my doctor told me about the risks of lost tampons and the possible outcomes, feel free to respond to this post and i’ll check back to offer any advice because i know it’s hard for a lot of woman to get to the gynecologist themselves to ask question and such with busy schedules and lack of insurance etc. so if i can help with those questions about the risks of lost tampons and possible outcomes i am more than happy to(:
    a previous post of mine can be seen above, so as you can see i was just as confused and clueless about the situation and had nothing but a worried mind and a handful of questions and concerns, so i would love to help ease anyone’s worries if you have questions that i may be able to answer(:

  274. Michelle permalink
    May 5, 2010 2:47 am

    Like so many of the other women that have commented on this, I am relieved to see I’m not the only one that has made this awful and embarrassing mistake. Towards the end of my period I started noticing a foul odor, which was soon accompanied by a brownish discharge that would just gush out. It was so disgusting! I was too embarrassed to go to the doctor and just hoped it would go away. I even tried douching and that didn’t help. Just today while in the shower I reached up inside and felt around and there was the culprit – a tampon. It has been inside me for about 3 weeks! The smell was absolutely horrible!! I got to thinking and remembered about two weeks ago I noticed my glands in my neck were swollen. I didn’t know why at the time and it went away fairly quickly, but it makes total sense now. My body’s defenses were attacking this foreign object with a vengeance. Anyway, after making this discovery today I went to the store and bought some Yakult. It’s loaded with Probiotics and should help my body’s bacteria levels return to normal. If things still don’t seem right in a few days, I’ll visit a doctor. Thanks ladies for all the wonderful advice!

    • Michelle permalink
      May 5, 2010 12:15 pm

      Just a side note to what I wrote above, I was able to remove the tampon just fine (thank goodness!) which is surprising considering I had inserted other tampons, not to mention that I douched while this one was inside.

  275. Brandi permalink
    May 6, 2010 12:44 am

    Okay, it’s 1:34am and I am looking up lost tampons because I just found one inside of me. I have noticed a foul odor, headache and nausea. During intercourse my husband said he felt something that felt strange, like a string, after we finished I went to the bathroom and made the gruesome discovery, I have been sick for almost 2 weeks but I am currently on my period. I have no cluse how long it has been in there, I am assuming about a month. My big concern is that in 2007 I almost died with MRSA (Staph Areus) after back surgery. After reading an article on the mayo clinic website I am wondering what I should do. As soon as I removed the foreign body (what appeared to be a super tampon) I jumped in the shower and cleaned myself really well. Should I go to the doctor tomorrow? Now, here was my removal technique, I squatted on the ground and used 2 fingers, I located the string on the back side of the opening of my ervix, way up in there, You have to get in the same position you would get in if removing a diaphram. Anyway, it was horrible the smell was terrible, so should I go to the gyno tomorrow or just douche and wait? My big concern is the previous staph infection after surgery. Any suggestions???

    • Michelle permalink
      May 6, 2010 12:25 pm

      Hi Brandi,

      I would say go to the doctor, especially since you have been feeling ill. Also, hold off on douching as in some cases it can be more harmful than helpful. At the very least, maybe there’s an advice nurse that you can speak to and go from there =) Take care.

    • Brandi permalink
      May 6, 2010 12:32 pm

      Thank you so much for your post! I have a doctors appt today @ 3:00. I am scared, I never thought something like this could happen to me, I didn’t even feel the tampon inside of me! Good Grief it was a super!lol Anyway, I will keep everyone posted. Thanks to all of you for starting this thread and keeping it going, what would we do without eachother! Happy Mother’s Day everyone, I hope each and every one here has a wonderful day on Sunday! Girls! We all deserve massages and quiet! God Bless

  276. Jane permalink
    May 14, 2010 5:51 am

    My period started being a bit odd about 15 months ago. They were becoming irregular and I was getting spotting after sex. But I didn’t take too much notice as whilst one month they were not quite right, the next month they were fine. I also figured that at 43 it might be the start of the menopause.

    A couple of months later I went on a very low calorie diet and was told that my period would be irregular during that. So I took no notice again because I figured it was the diet and even my doctor said that that was a likely occurrence.

    I finished the diet two months ago after losing 100lbs, but was still getting irregular periods and some very nasty brown spotting through the month and after sex. So I took myself off to the doctors this morning.

    She also thought it might be the start of the menopause but wanted to do some tests. So I had a blood test and she started to do an internal exam.

    When she said “I think you might have a very old tampon up here”, I nearly screamed. She brought out the most repulsively smelly thing I have ever come across. She estimates that its been up there for at least 14 months, and possibly longer.

    I am so shocked! I have had no bad smells like other people here describe. I have had a normal sex life, and have been using tampons during my periods and never had a clue. I only didn’t get the period problems checked out earlier because of the diet I went on and being told that the period misbehaviors were caused by that.

    So now my doctor has taken a swab to check for infections, but in the meantime she has given me some very strong antibiotics. I have to go back in two weeks for another internal to see if everything there is clear.

    I am so shocked. This only happened an hour ago.

  277. Rissa permalink
    May 17, 2010 2:45 am

    Mine is a little bit different.

    I recently hooked up with this guy a couple of times. The last time we had sex, after doing it twice, I went to the bathroom and something felt a little funny so I felt around up there and found a tampon! I had completely forgotten I had inserted one earlier in the night! He didn’t say anything and so I didn’t bring it up, but he was acting a little awkward. I’m not sure if he noticed it or not, but I’m assuming he did as I haven’t heard from him.

    I’m the type of person that likes to talk about “the elephant in the room” to speak..and would like to get it out in the open, but I’m not sure if saying something would be too awkward considering we don’t know each other very well.

    Any suggestions?

    • Fran permalink
      June 1, 2010 2:23 pm

      Yes, I have a suggestion…..
      If you don’t know someone very well, don’t “hook-up” and you won’t have this problem. You also won’t have to worry about getting a std.

  278. Kate permalink
    May 19, 2010 1:57 am

    I had a tampon in on saturday night when I went out. I got a little drunk, however I do have vague recollections of taking the tampon out and replacing it with another. I definitely took the second one out when I got home. Since then I’ve barely had any bleeding at all, and usually my period lasts until about thursday or friday (it had only just started). I don’t normally have a particularly heavy flow, but this is almost nothing, and so it made me think perhaps I had left a tampon in. I’ve felt around and used all the tips such as crouching and pushing but have found nothing. I’ve had an incident before when I’ve forgotten to take one tampon out and put a second in, but I’ve always realised that day. I haven’t noticed a foul smell or anything, although it has only been three days. I just don’t understand why i’m not bleeding and don’t know if it should be cause for concern!

  279. T. Kendal permalink
    May 20, 2010 9:01 pm

    I am having an abnormal reddish black dischage. I know its not from a tampon iv forgoten about because iv only tried to get one in but didn’t. i was having troubles getting it in so when i couldn’t i just threw it(the whole thing) away and said i would just use pads for now. someone help, im to scared to ask why this is happening to me.

  280. June 1, 2010 3:28 am

    I am having an abnormal reddish black dischage. I know its not from a tampon iv forgoten about because iv only tried to get one in but didn’t. i was having troubles getting it in so when i couldn’t i just threw it(the whole thing) away and said i would just use pads for now. someone help, im to scared to ask why this is happening to me.

  281. Brielle permalink
    June 2, 2010 10:09 pm

    Oh god, so I just started my period yesterday. i didn’t use any tampons until today, so i went to the restroom to shower and change. after doing so i inserted a tampon. now up to few minutes ago I went and removed the tampon. ok it came out.well. then i wiped and felt slight discomfort so i look down scared Shtless and oh SHT! i found another string and pulled it…pop! there goes TWO more tampons!!! wow i felt shock , shaking my head back in forth in denial. Turns out the last time i had my menstrual cycle was 5/24/10 so its been over a month. i got to thinking how? and i remembered… on the last day of my cycle during the night i got up, removed my tampon and replaced it, next morning i couldnt find anything clueless i just put another one in and removed it. So how three? i have no idea. Yes i did have pain during sex. slight odor but no more than a day. terrible head aches and nothing more. HOW? im still shocked, i had three tampons…..

  282. June 4, 2010 1:47 am

    Hi! I got off my period about a week ago and am worried if I might have a forgotten tampon…I feel fine and no foul smelling odor…just a nervous freak and worry about everything…should I be worried if I feel fine and have no foul odor? I also have tried to fish around up there for one and nothing….All responses are greatly appreciated!

  283. Danielle permalink
    June 6, 2010 12:29 am

    how do you lose a tampon? wont u notice a string hanging out of you? lol

  284. worried girlll permalink
    June 7, 2010 12:29 pm

    i have not started my period yet but i am finding browny red coloured discharge in my knickers it is not clumpy or lumpy like i herd you get before your period.It has been going on for 3 days now what is it? my period or have i got something wrong with me help please! x

  285. worry wart permalink
    June 8, 2010 3:05 am

    So I just went to the toilet and found 2 tampons not one…. one oculd have been there since Saturday… is this dangerous?? Not too sure if I should see a Dr or not. Sounds pretty lame in comparison to everyone elses I just wanted to know if it makes a difference if you have your period or not.. I am due for mine so use a tampon for protection leading up to it… I am just unsure if it can enahnce TSS or not.

    Worry Wart

  286. Vanessa permalink
    June 20, 2010 5:43 pm

    So I came across this site today after looking up smelly discharge and didnt believe a tampon could actually be stuck up me. Well i checked just in case and sure enough I felt it!! i couldnt get it out by myself or believe me i wouldve. i went to the ER so they could get it out and they told me they actually get somebody with a stuck tampon up them once a week. Im glad i found this site!

  287. June 24, 2010 11:48 pm

    My last period began on June 4th and ended around the 10th. I thought I took out my last tampon but I obviously didnt. About 3 days ago I noticed a smell down there so I scrubbed more than normal and then tonight it just clicked “maybe I have a tampon in”. Sure enough I pulled out a 2 week old tampon. Like Dr. Gurley said, it was covered in white stuff and the smell wasnt too bad considering how long it was there. I did notice that some of the white coating that was on the tampon is now being discharged…is this normal or should I go to a Dr. I have had no pains or aches, except for the minor panic attack I am having at the moment from sheer terror. The smell is completely gone now and I feel better that I know what was wrong, but I am still panicking. If there was no pain or discomfort I should be good right?

  288. Lacey permalink
    June 26, 2010 2:12 am

    I’ve read through these stories has anyone ever heard of someone having a lost tampon and them not knowing it for about a month to two? Just curious due to the fact that I have been having a lot of problems with pain and nausea and foul odor. My boyfriend and I have had sex and a couple of times it felt like he was hitting something and well i haven’t had my period for about a month and last month it was real dark brown and had a odor to it, and just a few minutes ago I went to the rest room to have a bowel movement and when I wiped i felt something coming out of my cervix. with the pain I had been having I thought it was diverticulitis seeing as it runs in my family and I read where it can actually tear away the the lining between your colon and your uterus so i feared that the worst had come true….I reached down the find that it was a tampon, however I don’t remember ever losing a tampon and it had to have been in there for at least a month…what should I do?

  289. Nikki permalink
    July 2, 2010 8:26 pm

    It is NOT possible to lose a tampon! It has absolutely nowhere to go. However strands of fiber from the tampon can become estranged from the tampon itself and even after pulling out the whole tampon, it is still wise to be cautious and see a doctor.

    I left a tampon in for three days and it smelled absolutely awful. I had reinserted another tampon and had completely failed to notice the one inserted previously. After noticing the strange brown discharge in the toilet bowl I did an examination and noticed the other tampon. I used a tweezers to remove it and it worked….eventually. I have never felt so embarrassed about something in my entire life, and I have told nobody about it. I am so thankful that this is actually not such an uncommon scenario for women. However after the incident I felt a UTI coming on as I am prone to them anyway I tried to flush out my system with litres of cranberry juice. The stinging feeling has not left and I have a constant urge to urinate still. Will definitely see my GP as I also have an IUD which prolongs my period anyway. I don’t know if there is a pessary of some sort that I can take for the odour as I am nervous that it is still there, but it could just be the the last days of my period.

    I have never heard of a case where douching is recommended. The only purpose it serves is to upset the bacteria within the vagina and cause infection. Infection is treated with antibiotics!

  290. no smell permalink
    July 20, 2010 1:06 am

    i usually use tampax pearl tampons, but when i ran out, my mom got me the o.b tampons. they were SO small! one day, while placing one in, i felt like there was already another one stuck. but i wasn’t sure…. i haven’t had any smelly symptoms, or brown discharge. i got my period a few days ago, but for some reason still have a weird feeling a the bottom of the stomach. the small o.b tampons seriously scare me to death! i tried reaching for something, feels like nothing is there. i hope i don’t have one stuck 😦 too small to tell

  291. another one permalink
    July 27, 2010 10:21 pm

    To add to the list… I did it too. It was a busy week of travel when I forgot it. For about a week after my period ended, I had a horrible smell and brown colored discharge. No other symptoms. There wasn’t even pain during sex, just more of the smell and discharge. I read up on the different infections, nothing sounded like what I had. I couldn’t get an appointment with an ob/gyn for weeks. Finally I found a page (this wasn’t the first one I clicked, sorry) describing the symptoms of a lost tampon, and I knew that must be my problem. When I first reached up to find it, I couldn’t. But I knew that was it based on the page I found, so I took some deep breaths, laid down, and pushed with my ab muscles until it slid down to where I could feel it with my fingers. It took a few minutes, but I finally got the string to hang out, then removed it in the toilet. It was there for about a week and a half, I’d guess. I don’t feel ill (thank God), but I’ll tell my gyn when I go in a couple weeks.

  292. dumb and drunk permalink
    August 3, 2010 3:43 am

    oh my gosh.. 😦 im so glad i dont live in an era where the internet did not exist.. one of my stupid abnormal fears is to stay with a tampon up there, and sure enough i had a great freakin weekend, had sex like a stupid dumb girl that i am, i dont remember doing it, i do remember peeing in the sand, but i dont remember anything about pulling my tampon out, anyway… woke up the next morning with no tampon wtf?! had to be at work in a few hours.. got a mirror to look down there, and nothing… so i put ANOTHER one in there… so today (monday, two two full days after the incident) i had nothing to do but to worry about the what ifs about the stupid tampon… so i googled stuck tampon, im so greatful for this page.. any one that is panicking, PLEASE DO THE FOLLOWING: take your pants off, spread your legs as far apart as you can, (wet your fingers middle and ring) squat down, and bend a bit over (i had tried doing it laying down) what an idot. PUSH! like you are pooping from your vagina! (its horrible when read, but TRUST MEEEEEEEEEEEEE) you will feel the diffrence between your moist skin, than from the hard dead tampon, PUSH and PUSH and hopefully it turns out like mine did, quick FYI, i was pushing like it was a freaking olympic competition and the gold depended on it, also dont think about the discomfort about the fingers.. take a deep breath and put your game face on.. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR SHARING I READ SOMEWHERE UP THERE ABOUT the skin feeling different, and the pushing, and the squatting over the toilet, and i didnt even finish.. i got up and did it (4:00 AM) am going to finally SLEEP! IN PEACE!!!
    thank you all so much one last time
    -young and drunk

  293. Heather permalink
    August 4, 2010 12:41 am

    I had a simliar incident. Two weeks ago, I remember waking up one morning and went to change my tampon….however, no string. So I thought I must have taken it out the night before and forgot to put one back in. Then, right after having sex, my boyfriend noticed a brownish reddish discharge on the condom. I thought it was just the VERY end of my period. However, just a couple of hours ago, after having sex, we were horrified to find a huge spot of brown discharge left on the bed, and it smelled SOOOO bad, we immediately started gagging. Something waswrong, and I got VERY scared. Thanks to this page, I thought I should check for a lost tampon…took me two tries, but sure enough, my finger tip hit something hard, and with no nerve endings. I pushed a little and move it around a little until I was able to grasp it. As soon as I was able to pull it out, I almost vomited from the stench.
    Also, before checking for a lost tampon, I started to feel pain and pressure in my ovaries. Thank you ladies for all your input on this topic!!!

  294. jessica permalink
    August 5, 2010 12:42 pm

    ok so i thought i was on my priod last night and this morning. I put one in last night right before I was going to bed. when I woke up this morning out of habbit i tried to put another one in with out taking the old one out.well needless to say it pushed the old tampon up and i tried to take it uot but after 30 mins of fishing around for it I tried a bath to see if that would push it down some so I can take it out. After I tried this it won’t come out scared to tell anyone esp my mom. I don’t want to go to the doctors but I want it out, can someone please help me with a anwser besides go to the doctors? thanks!!

  295. Wendy permalink
    August 9, 2010 12:46 am

    I’ve read many of the stories here and am trying to determine if I’ve befallen the same fate. My period started on Thursday, I decided not to use tampons the first day because I thought it might’ve been a miscarriage. When I was sure it was a regular period I used them on Friday, but remember inserting one and it feeling odd. I didn’t think anything of it until Sunday when I got sudden stabbing pains right below my belly button. I had no idea what it was, it subsided after 30 minutes, but all night it would hurt if I touched the area. I researched it online and a few possibilities came up. A few women here mentioned discomfort and abdominal pain, but was it a sharp stabbing pain? For me it felt like someone sticking a needle in my gut right below my belly button. Women mostly post their own stories here, answers to questions aren’t usually responded to, but if anyone could describe their belly pains to me I’d really appreciate it!

    I also experienced a strange sudden weight gain around my stomach and my period is usually very heavy for the first few days and always lasts at least five days, but this time the flow was really light on Saturday and barely anything Sunday. =/

    I’ve tried fishing around, bearing down, and bathing but haven’t produced anything yet and am wondering if I should keep trying or assume it’s something else.

  296. daniela permalink
    August 9, 2010 3:27 am

    hi.. a very bad thing happened to me.. i was in the beach in my second day of my period and i wore a tampon, i was in the sea for like 2 hours.. and when i come back there was no tampon and i couldnt find the string and i dont know what to do!! can the tampon go away by itself?.. i ussualy dont feel tampons, soi dont feel anything, but the posibility of being there is stil, and i guess it can get infected because the water was extremly salty.. HELP

    • O.B Nomore permalink
      August 10, 2010 4:26 pm

      Well it must be the stars, in reference to the last two comments. I got my period yesterday, slept with a tampon, woke up a bit sleepy to change the tampon around 8AM, second day kicked in, and around 12 I decided to go to the toilette change it and perhaps do # 2 too, so I do the latter first, and then decide to change my O.B tampon, that mind you I NEVER USE because I rather have an applicator, but here in Sweden they only sell these tampons, SO I search for the string sometimes it gets lost. BUT this time is really no where, holly shit where is it? I stick the finger, NOTHING. Hmm google search, read read, aha ok, lost tampon steps, do all NOTHING this tampon is GONE. Ok so I panic call my BF, need to go to emergency because I can get an infection etc. I start calling around to see where I can come, health care here is free, but you need to be a citizen, so I was already thinking I have to jump on a plane, etc. When finally I found a hospital where I could go right away, and right 10 mins away in the subway. I get there, explain the situation to the most professional, friendly male nurses. I thought for a second the guys will see me, but I was so happy when I got a female nurse.
      So she checks, and finds nothing, and mind you I have my period so is a bit tricky. She says just to confirm she will call a second opinion, a female nurse comes in, she also checks, both agree they do feel something on one side, and better get a third opinion, this time from the doctor. So the female doctor arrives, she checks, and double checks. Nothing. They conclude that sometimes while in #2 you can push the tampon out and not notice, or if you have just put it in it could also come out. The first nurse says just to make sure don’t water tampons the next two days.
      Well I feel a bit strange, and I haven’t had any alcohol, but hey better to be quick. I hope this helps the last two who lost theirs.
      And by the way it was all FREE. And great doctors. Thank you Socialism! Thank you Sweden!

  297. Lee permalink
    August 10, 2010 5:52 pm

    I am having period like pains on the 9th 10th &11th day after my period.
    Only at night they become quite severe.
    I am so concerned as to what it could be.
    no foul smell and i have checked as far as i can and no tampon…
    what could this pain mean… can anyone suggest what it could be and has anyone had that sort of pain for no reason..

  298. Lee permalink
    August 10, 2010 5:54 pm

    Oh just to clarify its the 9th 10th and 11yh day of my cycle and im on the fertility monitor and its not ovulation pain…. according to the monitor…

  299. jen permalink
    August 12, 2010 5:59 pm

    OMG! It comforts me to see so many posts on this subject. Just this morning I showered for work and then attempted to put a tampon in. I used the new tampax click. Well I over “clicked” the applicator and it wouldn’t push, so I repositioned the applicator and pushed it and inserted the tampon. I wear a pad for extra protection. Well a little later I went to the bathroom and noticed my pad was quite saturated for having a tampon in. Assuming my heavy flow had started, I thought I better change my tampon before heading to work. So i feel for the string, there isn’t one! I took a quick feel but couldn’t feel anything. I inserted another tampon because the fact that at one other time I had inserted one without removing the first one and both came out. Well it didn’t work this time. It was on my mind all day at work, thought about going to doc, but thought I could find it. Nothing no how. Did I remove it by habit when I put on the pad? I went through the garbage, and to my surprise and relief I found the applicator that I had trouble with this morning, with tampon still inside! (I must have broke the applicator somehow even though it felt like it pushed, it failed to push the tampon out) I am still LMAO!

  300. sarah permalink
    August 13, 2010 4:19 am

    ok need a doctors or nurses opinion- i had my last period 3 weeks ago and since then ive been having horrible cramps and pains i thought i was prego took the test said negative… it didnt make sense to me, the pass three days ive been working out hardcore with my trainer and after every session been noticing brownish red discharge,,, anywho tonight i came home and was on the toliet peeing and all of a sudden (look like a tampon) just popped out was in a ball greyish color) i got so grossed out i just flushed the toliet… i know this sounds hporrible but could it be anything else than a tampon? and if its a tampon should i go to the doctor sinces its been up there for 3 weeks?

    please write back on here cus i didnt want to give my email out

    thank uuuuu

  301. hayden permalink
    August 13, 2010 5:54 am

    so last month i realized i left my tampon in for over a day and night. when i took it out there was a nasty smell and ever since then ive had it. could there be another tampon up there? i tried douching and that kinda worked but i really want to get rid of this

  302. hayden permalink
    August 13, 2010 6:08 am

    lmao dumb and drunk your my freaking lifesaver. i thought that for sure i couldnt have a lost tampon, but after reading all these stories i decided fuck it, i might as well check. ew when i pulled it out it was black and nasty. i think i had sex with my bf one night when i was drunk and forgot to take it out. this site it awesome thank you so much (:

  303. Kira permalink
    August 13, 2010 10:57 pm

    I’m on my forth day of my period, so it should be ending soon, but today when I went to the washroom my first thought was “there’s no string!” I searched inside, but I couldn’t feel anything and I hadn’t been having any cramps (usually I always get cramps when using tampons). It had been out for a few hours, but there was very little mess, so I wasn’t sure if I forgot or not. I checked this forum, and it seems very helpful. I tried bearing down and searching again, but nothing. Should I wait a little longer and check again, or am I just being forgetful?

  304. Catherine permalink
    August 16, 2010 4:16 pm

    Hi! I’m 13 and was planning on starting using tampons today (first day of my period) my periods are usually lighter on the first day and I bought the super absorbency tamps so I’m waiting till tomorrow. I found this post today when I was searching “uncomfortable feeling while inserting tampon” and ok starting to think again. For the experts I have a few questions…

    1. Is this common to “lose” ur tampon?
    2. Will you be able to reach all the way up ur entire vagina to look for it?
    3. Is it worth it to wear tampons to take the risk of losing it?

    I’ve noticed in all the posts most of u are married and proably have kids. So ur vagina muscles are obviously more stretched out. Could that be a reason for it getting lost? Since I’m a virgin do I have a smaller risk of losing it?

    There was another thing… Umm.. Damn I can’t remember lol. I’ll probably comment again later. But plz someone help me!!!!

    • Kristen permalink
      September 1, 2010 9:39 pm

      Catherine, please don’t let any of these posts scare you out of trying tampons. They really are the way to go…so much more comfortable/sanitary/inconspicuous than wearing pads! I’m sure most of the women who have posted on this site will tell you the same thing. No, losing a tampon in your vagina is not super common (not every woman experiences this though I am 26 and joined the lost tampon club this weekend) but as you have read it does happen. Just be conscious of when you put one in. That said, I think it is a good idea for all girls to try pads when they first start their periods–only because it is new and pads can help you be more aware of what your body is going through and you can quickly learn what is normal for you. As soon as you are comfortable trying tampons then go for it–you will see that it is worlds better than using a pad. I bet most of us on this site still use tampons too…because they really are that much better and it really is worth it!

  305. Catherine permalink
    August 16, 2010 4:20 pm

    I remember!!!!!
    Did the tampons just get lost by themselves randomly or did something happen like u left them in too long, sex pushed them up further, or something like that.
    Because I’m planning on being very careful to change them every 4 hours exactly.

  306. Forgettful permalink
    August 18, 2010 1:05 am

    As most of the above – forgot about a tampon inside me for 2 weeks. During this 2 weeks had sex with the boyfriend which surprisingly was not painful.
    But afterwards when his semen would, well you know it doesnt stay up there forever it would come back down and smell really fowl.
    i felt really bad as I was putting the blame on him as no other time would it smell until the last couple if days. I went to the Dr and he asked if I could have anything lodged up there.
    I was horrified at the idea and knew I couldn’t have – WRONG, got a weee bit drunk and had sex which lodged it right up there (was the end of my period), completely forgot I had it in there.
    The doc thought i had BV so gave me some stuff to put up there.
    All the mean time I had discomfort in my lower abdomen.
    2 days later on the toilet dabbing to see if the foul discharge is still there and i could feel something poking out of me. You guessed it.A horrid stinky vile tampon which was immediatley dropped into the toilet and I freaked out!! Thinking the worst – infertile, TSS and PID.

    went back to the doctor she did an exam and I still have discomfort and white bitsy discharge. No smell though.
    So wondering as I am on the antibiotics this should clear any swelling/infection and the pain should disappear.
    What could it be if the pain remains? what is happening to your body?
    And this white bitsy discharge is that what was lining around my vagine, could it have travelled up into the fallopian tubes and ovaries?

  307. Kristen permalink
    August 18, 2010 9:06 am

    It’s nice to know im not the only person whos did this. Well first and formost I have the mirena. So aboout a month ago I was having a little bleeding so I used tampons. Well my husband & I went out and I ended up a little drunk. We had sex that night. The next morning I couldnt remember taken it out but couldnt find it so was sure I did. Then came the awful smell and everything and I had no clue why. 2 days later while I was on the toilet it came out. I was in shock. Well here is my problem I went to the dr to have my mirena taken out and the Dr couldnt find the string to it. He doesnt know if it has feel out or if its moved up. Has anyone else had a problem like this?? I am really freaked out.

  308. Sarah permalink
    August 18, 2010 11:57 pm

    Last night I had some…. erm, drunken intercourse and I had a tampon in at the time. Well this morning I went to go check and it wasn’t there. I put my fingers as far as they can go in but still nothing. I dunno if I took it out last night while drunk and just don’t remember… I’ve tried putting another one in since this has happened before and I knew right away but this time I can’t tell since the tampon went all the way in no problem. Solutions?

  309. Louise permalink
    August 19, 2010 1:48 pm

    I was due to go for a smear test in May and kept forgetting to make an appointment, in June i was feeling really poorly, very tired, sick & i fainted! I decided to go to the docs to check everything was ok & have my smear done, turns out id left a tampax in for 2 weeks and thats why i fainted! Im panicking now because i was drunk at the wkend & cant remeber taking it out but i feel fine so think i may be worrying because of what happened! Ive tried to search for it but cant find anything!

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  311. cammy permalink
    August 30, 2010 9:50 pm

    I cant explain how relieved i am to read and be able to relate to these stories. My husband and I are newly weds and have been making love like crazy anywhere possible. About 5 weeks ago we got married and on our wedding night i may have had 1 too many martoonies. I had been on my period but it was my wedding night so we disregarded that little detail and enjoyed our night anyway. about a week later i noticed a discusting odor and a dark brown discharge or blood. I was really worried. We have been trying to get pregnant but everytime i took the test it was negative. I told my husband i thought maybe it had died inside me or somthing. The smell was soooo rank. The other night we had a late night swim and he was persistant in making love in the pool. Thank god because when i was changing my suite in the bathroom i saw a tampon string hanging out! I WAS MORTIFIED!!!!!! immediately pulling it out and jumping in the shower. I was so nervous to tell my husband, i thought he would freak out, but i did ofcourse and he was just glad i am ok. I feel fine now but am planning on making an appointment to see my obgyn ASAP! I cant believe how common this accident is. I felt soooo gross and embarrased. Thank god for blogs and Pads!

  312. elysse permalink
    August 31, 2010 1:30 am

    Hi ladies!
    I also have some anxiety over a potential lost tampon. My period just ended, and i’ve been noticing some discomfort in my abdominal area. After analysing it, I’ve concluded that it could be because of a lost tampon. I went on vacation to cuba from Friday, August 20- Friday August 27. I was got my period Thursday August 26, however I was supposed to get it Monday, August 23. I would be swimming and in my bathingsuit all day so i put in a light absorbency tampon even though i didn’t have my period (but just in case). I don’t remember my period being particularly lighter, or different however I do remember going to remove a tampon (during the time I was wearing a tampon without my period) and finding nothing there. However I could have been mistaken because i’m normally very dilligent in removing tampons. So I’m wondering what I should do?

    Just to sum it up..
    Period: Thursday August 26-Sunday August 29
    I wore tampons: Monday August 23- Sunday August 29
    Signs: slight abdominal pain, but no smell
    I’ve searched for this tampon and have found nothing. Am I just over reacting?


  313. Candace permalink
    September 1, 2010 2:18 am

    So I have a similiar story… about 3 weeks ago… I had did the unthinkable and cheated on my boyfriend… I had also had A LOT to drink that night… when I woke up the next morning I went to the bathroom and realized that there was no string where my tampon should have been. This has happened before where I didnt see the string at frist but then finally found it… but this time I didnt! Like some of you other girls, I am not one to be feeling up my vagina all the time! So I didnt even think to check I just thought I had taken it out. So after telling my boyfriend that I had cheated on him he wanted to know everything we had did… and I told him everything… now I didnt remember all of what had happened so I had asked the guy what all had happened… he swore on my life that we didnt have sexual intercourse or he hadnt fingered me or anything that would cause the tampon to do that. My boyfriend thinks that since I had lost my tampon that me and the guy I cheated on him with had sex. A week after I had cheated on him we had sex and there was no smell or any unnormal pain felt. Only thing I had notice what that I had been on my “period” for 13 days… I had this brown light liquid coming out… so I just thought it was the ending of my period. Well we had sex a week later and he notice that he felt something and the smell was HORENDOUS… and I had just taken a shower 30 min. prior. He was all upset thinking that I had sex with the other guy cuz it was lodged in there so far… I guess what I am trying to get to is that I know we didnt have sex and he doesnt believe and I just want him to know that there are many other ways than just having sex is the reason why my tampon could have been lodged so far up. thanks so much!

  314. iba permalink
    September 5, 2010 12:24 am

    Lastnight I went out with my BF we got very drunk and I am in my period.. I used a tampon .. when we came back home we had crazy sex… so this morning I remembered that I did not take out the tampon.. I tried to remember if i tokk it out lastnight… i got in to this website and i started to read all the comments so i asked my bf to introduce his finger and to touch the left side of my vagina and he felt something.. so i introduce my finger and i felt the tampon.. then i introduce 2 fingers and i took it out…. I was very scared and nervous…. buttt thanks to this website i could know what to do… thanks so much… I simply can’t believe that such a big tampon could get stock in my vagina… that crazy

  315. mary permalink
    September 11, 2010 10:07 am

    whew! this site just saved my life! i forgot that i had a tampon in and i had sex.

    it was MAJORLY disgusting but you just have to tough it out and reach up there. its not the most comfortable action in the world but beats the hell outta goin to the doc.

    I found that putting cream or water on ur fingers reduced the pain of searching for it.

    Good luck!

  316. Tara permalink
    September 21, 2010 7:49 pm

    Okay, I’m literally in tears from laughing so hard at some of these posts. I totally feel fir all of you and am glad some of you can find humor in such an obviously embarrassing situation. Okay, here’s mine: I’m 35 years old and got my period today. This is the FIRST time I’ve gotten my period in FIFTEEN years. I’ve been on depo provera birth control and just come off it several months ago. Anyways, I’m like, wow I’m getting my period – I feel 13 again. So, I put in a tampon – just like riding a bike right? By mid day, I’m at work and use the bathroom to change it up – and it’s gone. Can’t locate the damn thing. Call my doctor’s office and they tell me to search for it tonight from the comfort of my home. Well I did and still can’t locate it. Unbelievable. Going to see the doctor after work tomorrow.

  317. Ashley permalink
    September 25, 2010 5:30 am

    Okay so its like 4 in the morning and I’m still freaking out! I read a lot of these stories on here and yet still don’t know what to do. I thought I started my period the other day but it was very light. I usually have heavy periods but didn’t think anything of it since it was the first day. Then yesterday I had changed my tampon around 3 pm and it was still very light. I had thought about putting a pad on instead but usually on the second and third day I”m the heaviest so I put a tampon on anyway…..or at least I’m 99% sure I did. I didn’t use the restroom again until about 8 or 8:30pm and it was absolutely NOWHERE to be found!! I’ve searched and searched and searched in there! I thought I felt it but my sister told me that was probably the cervix I was feeling. This makes me realize I should have felt my body way before to know what I should and shouldnt feel!
    My sister finally called me back at 12:30 am (shes a nurse so i called her) and she told me the same thing happened to her about a month or two ago but she just thought she probably didn’t put one in anyway. So she disregarded it…..but after reading about people having it in for days weeks and even 8 months I am even more terrified!
    I do have bad stomach cramps right now but I’m not sure if it’s the tampon…..menstrual cramps…..or I’m just scared. If I started my period yesterday I should be bleeding even if there is a tampon in there. My sister said that I might be spotting because I’m pregnant which made me even more terrified because I’ve been stressed about graduating and starting a grad school program in the fall.
    Please does anyone know what I should do??? I will probably try to find a clinic that’s open on saturdays…..but I doubt I’ll find any…..

  318. Kelly permalink
    September 25, 2010 1:57 pm

    Thank God for this blog. I have never had a vaginal infection in my life so when this discharge and HORRIBLE odor started I seriously thought I was dying. After reading this, and checking, sure enough, it was a forgotten tampon. I couldn’t get it out myself so I made my poor husband come home from work to get it out for me. He immediately tossed his cookies after pulling it out. He grew up a cattle farmer but said that was the worst thing he ever smelled in his life – LOL. He said I can pay him back once my freshness returns – HA.
    P.S. Fresh lemon juice helps cut down on the stench on your hands…

  319. Lolo permalink
    September 26, 2010 4:19 pm

    Thank you for this site. Ihave a similar story. I thought I finished my period 2 weeks ago on schedule. Two days later I wore thong panties andI always put in a tampon just in case. Well at the end of the work day when I removed the tampon (I know -it’s gross – I wore the tampon the whole work day) it was bloody and foul smelling. I wear panty liners every day but was having no unusual discharge. A few days later I used a tampon again (not for the whole day)with the same result – lightly covered in blood and reeking. I searched my vagi-gi with my fingers to find nothing. More days, more foul smell. I figured, since I am 48, I must be starting menopause and a long period with spotting is normal. My husband has been sick for 2 weeks so we haven’t had sex. Today he feels much better and can’t keep his hands of of me. I still feel like I have my period so I offer to service him on the shower. While in there I inspect myself with two fingers…and pull out a pus covered tampon that must have been there for two weeks. I am still shaking and worried that I have endangered my health. I have a slight crampy feeling. I am going to call me Gyno tomorrow. I hope that the doc was right and my body protected itself from the foreign object.

  320. Erin permalink
    September 27, 2010 2:30 pm

    I just had the same thing happen to me. It had been almost a week since my period. On Friday night my boyfriend and I were having sex and I noticed a funny smell but I thought that maybe it was him or maybe I didn’t shower good enough b/c I had been at the gym earlier. Then on Sunday night we were starting to have sex again and I noticed a foul smell. We even thought that maybe one of the cats had gone poop under the bed and got up in the middle of intercourse to look under the bed. I then realized that the odor was coming from me and I was mortified and jumped in the shower. Talk about a Mood Breaker!!! I called my GYN first thing on Monday morning and got an appointment the same day. I informed my GYN about the odor and when she looked inside me…she goes..’Well, you have a tampon inside you. All will be ok. It’s not uncommon.’ She pulled it out and en route to the trash I got a whiff of the awful smell. Thank goodness. I was so happy that nothing was wrong with me. Initially I was embarressed but told my boyfriend. He was very supportive and glad that nothing was seriously wrong and my health was ok.

    Thanks to all who shared your stories above. It made me feel that I’m not alone in this embarrassing experience.

  321. alix permalink
    September 30, 2010 6:10 am

    okay this is digusting but im really disturbed but it, i was giving birth and the midwife went down ther a few mins later she pulled out 2 tampons yes 2 i had no idea they were evan there, how the hell did i loose 2 of them??? i really have no clue about it.. i had no pains or itching no smells.. how did i not die from tss? i am so so confused please help!!!!!!!!

  322. Amy permalink
    September 30, 2010 6:56 am

    My period ended on friday, but I still had some spotting on saturday so I continued using tampons throughout the day. Saturday night I went out drinking with my BF and we later had intense sex (not to be too graphic, but he first gave me oral)
    I don’t remember whether or not I took my tampon out. I’m almost sure I did (and also my BF didn’t mention seeing a tampon while he was down there).
    But today (Wednesday) I’ve developed some pain later in the day. My bladder feels full all the time, my leg and arm muscles are cramping. I’m also having very mild stomach cramps and some lower stomach pressure.
    I think there may be a possibility that I hadn’t taken my tampon out.
    I checked myself ‘in there’ 3 separate times tonight and can’t find anything (the last time I checked, I took Lisa’s advice). I also have an IUD and I know how that feels but I can’t find anything else up there and I’m afraid I might accidentally pull my IUD out.
    Also, there is no foul odor and no unusual discharge (it actually smells quite nice right now)
    I don’t know what else would be causing this.
    I’m seeing my BF tomorrow and plan on having sex again.

    I still feel like I have a tampon there but I can’t find anything!

  323. Kay permalink
    October 4, 2010 5:25 pm

    I’m pretty sure I had a tampon stuck in me for an entire month. I had my period in August and used a tampon. I remember going to take it out and there not being one. If I use a tampon I alway’s use one with a string. There was no string…nothing. I blew it off and rationalized I already took it out but I didn’t remember taking it out. So, I put another tampon in which I know I took that one out later. In September my bleeding was very little and a different color. Also, my sypmtoms were different After a few day’s I went to the bathroom and I felt something being pushed out and heard a thump in the toilet. I looked and it was a tampon. I never put one in in September. This month I should’ve had it by now but haven’t. I’m going to make an appointment to see a Dr.

  324. October 4, 2010 5:30 pm

    All I can say is, THANK GOD FOR THIS SITE. It feels so much better to know that you aren’t the first person that this has happened to. I felt so stupid before I found this site! And now it just seems like another one of those things

  325. Brooke permalink
    October 6, 2010 1:51 am

    I apparently forgot to take a tampon out and I had feces smelling light brown discharge and for like a week it was like that, then another 2weeks it hurt every now an then, like sharp pains, and it still kinda smelled. I finally realized there was a tampon up there and I finally got it out after 3weeks. Three weeks is a long time and I’m only 13 so do I need to see a doctor…I really don’t want to and I’m not open with my mom about this stuff she doesn’t know. If I don’t have anymore of these symptoms I should be okay right?

  326. Carlin permalink
    October 6, 2010 2:41 am

    if you keep it up there long does it sog? i tried following the steps of how to remove it if a baby can go threw there why cant lady fingers?

  327. Alex permalink
    October 11, 2010 10:27 pm

    It’s not embarrassing at all ladies! So glad I found this forum though, I dislodged a tampon earlier on, it didnt even cross my mind I’d lost one but I had a bath earlier to try and get rid of that smell! It really is an overwhelmingly bitter, foul, sttrroong smell! Like nothing I could have imagined. In the bath I was just trying to give myself a good clean into all the nooks and crannies to try to get rid of the smell and I felt the culprit! And the penny dropped. I thought thank god i’m not rotting away inside, that was the only thing that i could think of! Luckily no symptoms of anything just the smell. I was curious as to whether a little tampon could make such a big smell and i found this form and what looks like thousands of posts confirms that yes, yes it can! I just hope no one else could smell it.

  328. Yaya permalink
    October 12, 2010 6:09 pm

    Im so scared, i pulled out my tampon and it seemed to be ripped in half. I keep reaching up and searching for the other half and nothing! Im so scared could it have come out on its own. This was on Saturday ( the first day of spotting before my period) It was only a light flow tampon. But im scared. I dont have Insurance so i cant go to i Ob gyn and planned parenthood wont see you while your on your period. What should i do to try to find it?

  329. Soymilk permalink
    October 17, 2010 4:39 pm

    I’m pretty sure everyone’s covered every imaginable situation here, but I figured I’d throw in what I did the MOMENT it happened. As per usual, copious amounts of alcohol combined with my mans, with a tampon in me, resulted in this mess. After we did the deed, I went back home and the symptoms started.

    Everything I passed felt restricted in some way, when I peed… etc. No more menstrual blood was leaving my body (a good clue), and I had vague but very present abdominal and back cramps. Not to mention I was feeling nauseated and migraine-y. The stress didn’t help. No smell though, I had a bit of clear discharge, nothing particularly offensive in that sense. I searched for the tampon, believe me, I freaking excavated myself down there. Nuffin’. After an entire day, I bounced down to Emergency and in about 2 to 3 minutes, the nurse got it out with clamps and forceps. Sounds like a Hannibal-type situation, but the relief I felt AFTER she pulled it out was fantastic.

    Seems as though the tampon was pushed all the way up and to the side – as in it was horizontal. There was no chance in hell I’d be gettin’ my fingers all the way up there. We women are a cavernous species. Well it feels like it anyhow when you’re frantically trying to claw your way up there to find that bastard of a tampon.

    My advice would be to go to emergency and just get your nurse/gyno/gp to do it themselves. Jamming your digits into your poon/trying to give birth to the damn thing/douching like a psycho/waiting for days-weeks-months/stressing like hell = all makes for a very unhappy camper. Save yourselves the masochistic trauma my loves. Get your legs in them stirrups and get your gyno down under STAT. =D

    Long live and prosper my loves.


  330. Lindsey permalink
    November 2, 2010 5:22 pm

    SOOO I have a question. I have this horrible smell, like seriously. Pelvic pains. Hurts during and after sex. No bloody discharge. No brown discharge. Already went to the ER and did a pelvic exam and said nothing. Just UTI. I think it’s bullshit cause they suck anyway. But I’ve searched my own self, and nothing. But there is a white buildup way up there which I’m worried about. Could there be a tampon lodged and hid somewhere in there? No brown discharge, just clear and white buildup. Someone tell me something please!!

  331. November 5, 2010 4:41 pm

    I too thought I had BV, had a really bad odour which I noticed for the first time after having sex with my boyfriend. I was having a bath in apple cider vinegar (apparently good for BV) when I decided to investigate, felt something up there but wasn’t sure if it was just a part of my anatomy and I was being paranoid. Realised it wasn’t though, as was hard and textured, not smooth like vaginal walls, and I couldn’t feel it when I touched it. Found this website and then went to the toilet and contracted my muscles, was able to push it out. Disgusting! Didn’t have any blood on it, so must have been from the very end of my period and I just somehow forgot about it, no idea how. Can’t believe me and my boyfriend didn’t notice it! It had been lodged sideways, so was hard to notice at first, it must have been pushed that way when we were having sex or when I put a second tampon in.
    So glad to have discovered the source of the smell! This was yesterday and the smell seems to have gone away by this morning, either on its own or with the help of the acidophilus supplements and pro-biotic drinks i’ve been taking, just to help get my good bacteria count up. No other symptoms so i’m not gonna bother with the Dr as they’ll just give me antibiotics which will destroy all my bacteria and leave me with either thrush or BV (pretty much back to square one with the odour). Good luck everyone!

  332. November 7, 2010 4:19 pm

    i had my period and had sex with my boyfriend thinking my tampon was out then put in another one after we were finished it was only my second day of my period and i continued to change my tampon until my period was over. the next day me and my boyfriend were fooling around a bit and the next day i was in so much pain and it smelled and i felt like i was peeing myself i thought maybe he was to rough or i was getting a yeast infection the next morning i went to the bathroom and felt something inside of me i pushed and sure enough my tampon came out from a week before i didn’t have any brown discharge but it still smelled i don’t know whether or not to call my doctor or just wait a couple of days to see if everything goes back to normal i’m still in pain and have to wear a pad now and it still smells

  333. kirstywilliams permalink
    November 8, 2010 7:12 pm

    Saturday night i had sex with this guy and i was a bit drunk and completely forgot i had a tampon in because i had just finished my period and wanted to be safe i didn’t bleed anywhere. When the morning after i had convinced myself that i didn’t have a tampon in so i left it and didnt think about it again, but until the monday when i was abit uncomfortable and then i had some discharge which was abit white and i thought hmm what is that, researhed what to do if this happends and decided to have a feel and i found a tampon. Im completely fucking horrified i feel disgusted with myself!!!!!!!!!!! hah

  334. November 9, 2010 11:58 pm

    I am moved as I read your comments, your openess is helping so many women. Women do this allthe time., just lucky that someone doesn’t get toxic shock syndrome! The reason I’m commenting is as on Ob/Gyn I want those of you that are able to remove the tampon, there is no reason you absolutely have to come in to the office to see your Doctor afterwards.
    After removing, take a shower or bath and gently cleanse the outside, do not douche, as this can force bacteria up into your uterus and tubes. Some women use their hand to gently rinse the vagina with water, then wait and see. If you have no fever, no itching or abnormal discharge and everything returns to normal, then there is no need to see your doctor right away. Ok? Hope that helps.

  335. Relieved permalink
    November 12, 2010 12:06 am

    My boyfriend and I noticed a foul odor emitting from down below a few days ago, but thought it was perhaps a post period smell (which happens) or the fact that we’ve had frequent sex within the last week and my vajazzle was possibly experiencing an adjustment phase. But when the smell continued after several days, even after showering/bathing, and an usual discharge began to develop, I became a bit worried. So today as a last ditch effort to absolve the smell, I took a long hot shower. With the help of my finger and the removable shower nozzle, I attempted to flush out whatever was causing that appalling smell, when voilà! To my utter surprise and horror, I felt something that resembled gasp!! a tampon. It took me a few minutes to dislodge the ghastly piece of squished gooey cotton, but some serious squatting, warm water, and determination did the trick. I’ve read that tampons often disintegrate when left up there for a prolonged period of time, but fortunately for me, my little friend (or foe?) appeared completely in tact. The tampon had been inside of me for nearly a week and I did not feel a thing! What’s even more surprising is I had sex with it in; I wouldn’t have thought it possible! But apparently it’s very possible I see from reading this blog. Although a little concerned about my health and wondering if my likelihood of developing cervical cancer has sky-rocketed, I am very relieved the sneaky sponge has been successfully excavated. 🙂 I’m not experiencing any signs of TSS and the smell has ceased. But I think I may bid adieu to tampons for a while.

    • Relieved permalink
      November 12, 2010 12:15 am

      PS – I also just wanted to say that I’ve been using tampons for approximately 8 years and this is the first time I’ve experienced any type of tampon trauma. I keep asking myself “how did that happen?!” I’m always very conscious of removing the tampon every 5-7 hours. I don’t even have a drunken story to explain away this conundrum. I’m going to blame it on the string! I think the string fell off.

  336. alisha permalink
    November 13, 2010 2:11 am

    This has happened to me twice since I have had my child, but never before, so maybe there is some sort of dissensoria there. But as I aked my doctor, it is an average thing to happen. Though I agree, very embassing….

  337. clueless permalink
    November 13, 2010 5:31 am

    I was wondering if anyone knew if i forgot a tampon up in me and upon pulling it out my abdomen hurt and i began to have severe cramps and down in my leg started to hurt also if i should go see a doctor for this or not?

  338. kim permalink
    November 22, 2010 7:23 pm

    HORRIFIED I had a HORRIBLE smell coming from the down stairs, and I am one clean girl, douche, uses feminine wash and the whole nine yard. I drank a couple weeks ago and apparently put a tampon on top of another one and didn’t think anything of it. Its been twelve days and the odor was really getting to me, at first I thought it was after period smells but I have NEVER stank before!!! After reading alot online I came to the conclusion that it was BV so I went and purchased an over the counter BV solution which online everyone raved about! 27.00 later and this website I got to thinking could I really maybe have forgotten my tampon and so i went “fishing” and sure enough there it was!!! I can’t believe it I seriously almost cried!! I have no pain, it was fully intact and I feel completely fine, called my best friend and she said she would still use the BV remedy just incase there was some bacteria but what I really want to know is how long will the smell last???

  339. Heather permalink
    November 23, 2010 11:53 pm

    Wow this is surprising, how many of us have done this???? Well, I will add my story. I am 41 and have never forgotten a tampon in before. I must be getting dementia…. anyway…. Started smelling something a few days back, thought I was just having a change in menstruation. Continued to change tampons etc…Went to clinical on Sunday smelled foul smell, Monday smelled foulness had Migraine, Tuesday smell continues with slight brown discharge another migraine decide without even reading this to explore the upper regions of the vag, and there low and behold is a string, A tampon that must have been in for at least four days, Well that explains everything! I will however be mindful that this can be an infection that I may need a Doctors Rx. for antibiotics to knock out any residual infection. Ladies don’t ignore your bodies, chills-fever-abdominal pain rashes etc…are all signs that should not be ignored. If you don’t have insurance go to planned parenthood, never the less don’t ignore your bodies……
    I am glad I am not the only one who this disgusting this has happened to. Yikes!!!!!!

  340. Bella permalink
    November 27, 2010 11:27 am

    AHHHHH the past 4 days ive had this disgusting smell randomly come out of me. i asked the women in my family over thanksgiving lol and they told me it might be a yeast infection and for me to get monistat. ive had sex every night (before my family told me it could be a yeast infection) with no cramps or anything, just afterwords there would be that smell. so the night before thanksgiving my husband went to the store to get me some. he got me the oval ones since everybody told me they would be less messy than the cream. i used it that night. still the smell the next day. i skipped it thursday night (preparing for black friday shopping, i didnt sleep at all are youre suppose to put it in right before bed). but i used the monistat last night (second time). so when i woke up this morning, everything seemed normal until i blew my nose very hard and all a sudden had a lot of pressure in my vag. i went to the bathroom to look, at there it was….the old tampon (with that strong, nasty, bad odor) without a string and it was coated in the white monistat. so i guess once the oval dissolved, it got creamy and helped the tampon come out. i always remember to take them out but this last period i drank one of the days and guess i got drunk and put one in. i used a cheap tampon because i ran out of my tampax. wonder if it being a cheap no-name-brand tampon, had anything to do with the string falling off? all i know is im soo glad that thing finally came out!!! and glad i looked it up and now see that im not the only one this had happened to! thanks yall so much for sharing your story!

  341. confused permalink
    November 30, 2010 1:53 pm

    ever since i can remember ive had irregular periods but lately its just been a lil irregular than ussuall if that makes any sense i get my period every 6 or 4 months whenever it feels like coming i guess! but thats another story to get to the point i got my period and i was only spotting and didnt need a tampon i was fine with just pads their was hardly any blood coming down but over the weekend i left on vacation and on one night i went partying i was bleeding a lil more than the other days so i decided well im just gonna put a tampon well the case is i ended up having a lil more than one drink and when i got back to the hhotel with my fiancee things got a lil crazy…i could have sworn i took my tampon out but im not 100% sure i checked the trashcan the next morning to make sure but i seen some what of what looked like a string from a tampon so i didnt think of lookin any more now i regret not lookin to make sure 100% because i have that doubt now ..well im off my period now but ive been spotting a lil still just randomly its not brownish looing its pink just like a regular spotting it doesnt smell unussual just still bloody smellin its been about a week and 2 days since my period… so im just wondering if i did have a lost tampon would it have already started smelling and all that brown discharge stuff ? im not feeling sick or anything i did have back pain yesterday but i was bending down alot and moving things around the house as i was cleaning and this morning i also felt very dizzy and light headed could this have anything to do with a lost tampon though? i did fish for the tampon but didnt find anything ? i was also wondering if you fish for it and u do run into it will u know right off the bat that its the tampon, wouldnt it be hard to tell? im gonna get it checked out just waittin for my appt to come up i just want to know everyones opinions on this .


  342. jen permalink
    December 4, 2010 3:01 am

    Thanks for all of the posts, like most of you myboyfriend and i went out for some cocktails, and not thinking we had sex, after I realized that no, didnt take or my tampon. So I tried last night to reach in and take it out,I have never gone inside my s vagina before . I figured I would have to go to the Dr.luckily I found this blog first! so I decided to try again. Sat on the toilet and stuck my fingers up there again and found it! started pushing and found the string and pulled it out. It didnt smell as bad as some, but it was only stock four about 12hours. called my boyfriend at work and were both relieved. Never have I posted a blog, but if I Can do it, anyone can. Thanks ladies I am not alone. So much for tampons’ not being able to get stuck up there.I know first hand!

  343. Joanna permalink
    December 4, 2010 1:25 pm

    Im completely freaked out! Ive had a very irregular period.. (stop and go flow all week). And normally putting in a tampon is completely pain free. But the past few days have been really uncomfortable. I can literally feel the tampon inside of me and the never happens! ive started to get worried that maybe i left one up there and my new tampon just wont go up far enough because the other one is stuck? I have stuck my finger up and tried to find it but there seems to be nothing! i dont know what else to do! any suggestions… ?

  344. Miranda permalink
    December 8, 2010 2:57 pm

    I am so glad I found this forum. I have been looking furiously on the web to find something about this topic.

    Here is my story with some questions if anyone wouldn’t mind reading and commenting. It would be very appreciated!

    Many of you have mentioned this extremely fowl odor that you smell. Is it an odor that is easily sensed as abnormal? Is it usually very strong?

    The reason I ask is this:

    I got home from work on my last period and remember taking a tampon out. Usually when I am at home alone and I don’t have anything going on or I’m not planning on going anywhere I won’t put a tampon back in. I’ll just “feel” for the period and excuse myself to the bathroom to take care of things. Well, I went the afternoon/evening without a need to go to the bathroom and come bedtime I went to put a tampon in and for some reason it was extra resistant on going in. Now, I’ve had them resistant before but it’s usually towards the end of my period when things are drying out. At this time, it was about the middle of my period and things shouldn’t have been as dry as they were. Also, I have never had that much difficulty getting a tampon in. Immediately I started to ask myself “why on earth was that one so difficult?” I then began to second guess myself on if I had, in fact, decided to put a tampon in even though I was at home with no plans. I recently had surgery before this so I started thinking “maybe I decided to put one in to avoid the trouble?” and similar thoughts to that.

    Immediately second guessing myself I removed the tampon and started “fishing.” Not finding anything and even feeling that things were unusually dry and tight I enlisted my fiance’s help. He didn’t find anything either. We’ve had intercourse since and he said that he never felt anything while he was in.

    Hoping and thinking I have been in the clear I have still been skeptical. The mere fact that when I went searching moments after removing the tampon that I just put in and it was dry and tight makes me weary. I question “why was it so dry? was it because there was already a tampon there absorbing everything?” I don’t have medical insurance at the moment for various reasons so just up and going to the doctor to make sure isn’t really an option for me. I have been doing self checks regularly and “fishing” about once a week to see if I find anything. I have been trying to do a thorough self-diagnosis of this as much as I can.

    Discharge has been clear and normal, maybe even a little on the heavy side (but not by much). I have checked myself regularly for fevers in case something is infected and no fever detected. I have gone searching regularly without finding anything (though I can only reach so far!). The only other thing I question and second guess is the odor. Now, there is a normal odor that comes from the cycle (at least for me) and I am now second guessing on whether what I smell is normal or not. To me, it smells like the dry-blood smell the day or two after a period. But, thinking about it, is that the smell I always smell each month? It isn’t very strong. My fiance says he can smell it if we are having intercourse but it isn’t a fowl or sickening odor. Just an odor.

    If anyone has any comments in regards to my situation, it would be so much appreciated! For the women that have “oops! forgotten one is in there!” did you experience any of what I have written out? Or are your experiences quite different making it a “you know something is wrong” situation?

    Thank you so much!

  345. Fiona Atkinson permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:36 pm

    I went into hospital for surgery in that area after having four children I needed a stich or two. A surgerial dressing was left inside me to sock the blood up. Which should have been removed later in the evening. Four days later I could not figure why I had a foul smell and discharge and kept asking the nurse if there was anything wrong. No one listen to me or even checked my stiches. I checked deep myself when I was alone in my room only to find a hard cloth area. I could not removed it. It was so wedged down and large. I called for the nurse would not let her touch me and asked her to call for the doctor who was at home. I demanded he be called and he came he did not remove it, the nurse did but I made him stay there to witness what had happened. He and his wife work together and assured me that this was not a problem. I was so ill for 3 of the 4 days that was inside me. I had a fever of 124+ sweating, blurred vision, back pain. I am 38 and have never used tampons as I had a fear of them getting lost. For a doctor to do that to me was shocking to me. The size of the dressing for it to be wedged inside me was like a face cloth. The smell was awaful. I am still in hospital now. My fever went almost as soon as that was removed. The pain in my back is still alittle there when I move around or stand for more than five minutes. I am in a hospital in India. I live in the UK. I return home in a few days. I am still to pay the hospital bill. I came here to India for my surgery as I found the doctors in the UK did not see the need for my surgery. And I thought if I fitted it in with a holiday no one at home would know about my problem as I called it. Now I feel I will have to go home to the UK and get all of this dealt with, checked over and explain why I felt the need to go abroad to get help, which I feel made things worse and almost killed me. And as made as people may think I am at the highst point of my fever alone in my private room a voice told me to check myself that if you dont you will die here. The surgeon has admitted there was an error, but feels it was nothing serious but I know that I could have died and what he feels is a little mistake is something that could have ended my life and left my four children without a mother. He has been as nice a pie to me sinse then. But I am refusing to pay my bill at the end of my stay. His wife is dismissing it like it is nothing. That they place dressings in woman all the time and have never had a problem. But this time you did, you forgot to remove it and almost killed me.

  346. Rachel permalink
    December 22, 2010 12:59 pm

    I am in California visiting family and I fell asleep last night with a tampon in, I tried to get it out this morning, but it only seems to be going further back. My parents left earlier this morning and I am flying back home in about 36 hours so I could hang with my cousins. What should I do? Is it okay for me to wait until I am home to go to the doctor?

  347. alyssa permalink
    December 22, 2010 3:45 pm

    last month i douched nd smelled this disgusting smell nd brown discharge came out , so i did it again a few days later thinking it was just the end of my period or something , but it did it again , i was so embarrsed to have sex with my boyfriend because of the disgusting smell , i googled things to try and figure out what it was , i winded up thinking it was BV , so i made a doctors apt but they couldnt get me in for a month , so i just let it go nd tryed to ignore it till i went to the doctors , you can even explain the disgusting smell it gave off , nd brown nasty discharge , but i finally got to the doctors nd when she looked she was like ” oh my god , is that a tampon” i was like “IS IT!?” so sure enough it was , she was just about as disgusted as i was , im just glad its out nd theres no smell anymore

  348. stupidestgirlEVA permalink
    January 1, 2011 5:05 pm

    I had left my tampon in over night. After reading web pages (big mistake) I decided to try to bear down and get it out myself. I was hung over and when I sat on the toilet I couldn’t get my fingers in enough. So I was in a weird half bent, half standing position. I pushed HAAARD 3 times (didn’t realize how hard cause the alcohol). The next day my back was in so much pain. I gave myself a vaginal hernia (rectocele) in my vagina and nerve damage. 2 months later my vagina is still numb How is that even possible? Do u think its cause I wasn’t sitting or is it cause I pushed too hard. Any ideas would be great. I’m dead serious and feel like a FAILURE AT LIFE. Is my vagina broken forever. Please pray it isn’t

  349. Thankful for this forum permalink
    January 1, 2011 11:04 pm

    I Am so glad I found this website. I had always believed that it wasn’t possible to “lose” a tampon, and I’ve been using them for maybe two years or so. But my story is; I live in Hawaii and I had plans to go out to jump off this rock on a beach in the north shore. When I get to the top I’m freaking out already because it’s so high up. I jump and a soon as I hit the water I felt like somethings wrong. But I figured it was nothing and continued swimming. Later I went to go change my tampon and I couldn’t find the string. I assumed that the weird feeling I got hitting the water must have been my tampon falling out; so I just put another tampon in. It felt weird. When I got home I was convinced that the tampon I had in before must still be in so I looked it up. When I saw that it was possible to lose a tampon I freaked out. And it was new years eve so I didnt want to tell my mom. So I followed the directions on this website. I could only fit one finger in but I knew I felt it. I kept tring to pull it down with my one finger an managed to pull it out completely. I was so relieved. Thank you for all sharing what helped you. I’m so glad I didnt have to ruin my families new years with a trip to the ER.

  350. Namukuru permalink
    January 4, 2011 5:05 am

    I’m so glad to have read your comments! A month ago I became a victim of lost tampon. I noticed some funny smelly discharge two days after ending my period but didnt know what this was all about. I rushed to see a gyna who diagonized me of bacterial vaginosis and gave me some drugs.The odour was so embarassing..I wont wish any woman to go through this experience. I was still embassed to share my experience but after reading your comments, I am encouraged to learn that this is normal. Another worrying experience though is that my next period delayed by 7 days, something that had never happened before!! My periods are very regular and always predictable and I have never missed any. Could the above be the cause?

  351. January 6, 2011 8:08 am

    hi, i put a tampon in at a party and later that night went home with my boyfriend, i went to the toilet to remove my tampon but couldnt find it, so i assumed i had removed it previously, i then had sex and experienced some pains but thought it was normal, the next day while i was on the toilet i smelt a foul odour and could feel something moving around so i gave a big push and out popped my tampon, my boyfriend came to me a couple of days ago showing me a rash on his penis, which he think may be caused by the tampon left inside of me, is this possible and if so is it worth him going to the doctor for????

  352. Steph permalink
    January 7, 2011 7:03 pm

    On Tuesday I thought I had taken out my tampon before having a shower but when I went to put in another one it was quite painful and it felt really “dry”. I thought I may have left a tampon in but I’m a hypochondriac so I thought I was over reacting. However on Wednesday I noticed that there was little blood on my tampons so instantly thought I had left one in. I came on here and read all the posts and that made me panic. I tried the showering and bathing technique, pushing, I tried looking for myself but couldn’t feel anything so thought maybe I was being silly. I didn’t have any foul smelling odour but I was getting cramps which is unusual for the 2nd day of my period. So I told my best friend and she thought I was just being paranoid and told me not to worry. But I decided to go to the doctors anyway just to put my mind at rest. Luckily I trusted my instincts and went to the doctors. I almost left when I was there but paranoia made me stay. It turns that I did leave a tampon in and after only 2 days it had already started to disintegrate! She took swabs and has given me the BIGGEST antibiotics I’ve ever seen. It wasn’t the most comfortable thing in the world but it only took a couple of minutes and it will remind me to ALWAYS check. So if you feel like you might have left one in, go to the doctors. PLEASE!!!! Don’t leave it for how many days like I stupidly did.

  353. may permalink
    January 11, 2011 4:52 am

    last week i went to my gp after 2 weeks of a foul smeling discharge! i was given by my doctor a treatment for thrush. i was very worried i might have a infection, it didnt even cross my mind that i might have a lost tampon (or my doctors) but this morning i discovered my tampon after having a bowel movement, cant believe it!! its a relief to know im not the only one…..

  354. Aaricia permalink
    January 14, 2011 11:05 pm

    Not something I do often but, from time to time I do have sex, consciously, with my tampon in. Like last week for example I had this friend of mine I started to like very much (even tho it was forbidden love, lol). He is from the States and me from Europe, we were both on holidays on another continent. The 4 weeks I got to know him was amazing, crazy and intense (partly because we were not supposed to be together and it made the sex even hotter). In his last week my feelings for him got stronger and I wanted to love him good for the last time before he left for the US; and just the day before he leaves, my period started. Never been so disappointed! In my mind it was over…till we got to the club, dress sexy he couldn’t keep his hands off, we both drank (tipsy we). He told me he wanted me and he did not care about who sees us…he wanted to do something crazy before he left. I told him it wasn’t possible cause I was in my ‘’red code’’. Before I knew we were in my apartment having the best sex I had in years, not giving a damn about anything but how we feel. He and I knew I had a tampon in cause I told him but in THE moment it felt like nothing was in there…from him saying ‘’oh my god’’ and coming back for more I knew he was enjoying it big time. No smell, no blood…just two satisfied people. Next morning (just few hours later) I took it out…still tipsy!

    I used to, consciously, leave tampons in for more than 24h but no longer than 48h when it’s near finishing without ever experiencing anything bad, but after reading all this posts I realised I’ve been lucky and that I should be more careful and change it on time (like it says on the box!!).
    From reading theses comments, I noticed that many women forget they got something in there when they drunk. I think it’s bad to be so drunk that u actually forget what u did, being tipsy is ok, seeing things blurry ok…but not at the point u don’t remember a thing u did. It’s bad…u might get in some very bad situation which is even worse than a lost tampon. Another advice that could help you is when taking shower during your period, everyday clean down there with lot of water so everything comes out, so when u forgot something it might get soaked and come out eventually. (I usually lay on my back on the bathtub and poor water in and EVERYTHING comes out, but I’m not going to advise this to anybody as I don’t know whether is good to do or not). The incident of lost tampon never happened to me, but now I know it can so I will be more careful.

    U guys need to contact a doctor as soon as u notice something is off…cause u don’t wanna mess with down there. The future is there!

  355. steffy611 permalink
    January 15, 2011 3:44 pm

    ladies…oh my! let me tell you my story. I had sex on my period with my boyfriend of 8 years. it was on a saturday night after our jets just won the playoffs..drinking was involved (don’t judge me) and things got hot and heavy…and in the heat of the moment we had sex..i thought i took the tampon out. the next day i went to the bathroom to feel around and didnt feel anything. the week went on..we continued having sex..and exactly a week later we had sex..and the next day we woke up and both were wondering what the fould odor was (gross i know) so i went on with my day..came home and took a bubble bath. i thought it couldnt hurt to try to feel around again..and this time there it was! wedged way up there. i FREAKED out! i started crying and shaking. I wasn’t sure what to do. So i called my sister in law who said the same thing had just happened to her and to call planned parenthood. the next day i called them..made an appt and she got that sucker out in 2 seconds! it didnt hurt at all..just smelled so bad. i had BV so she gave me an antibiotic which i was able to purchase there for $12 and i was on my way. if you know or even THINK you have a lost tampon..go to a doctor!!!! its more common than you think. they will take care of it!! and relax..everything will be ok 🙂

  356. Beth permalink
    January 15, 2011 7:49 pm

    Thanks for posting this blog. Obviously a lot of women need it. A quick scan through the comments is interesting and spans the gamut from women who appear to be rather ignorant about their anatomy to highly helpful.
    Here’s my story. I’m almost 50, college educated, and you think I would know better…but I left my tampon in for what may have been up to a week and just fished it out about an hour ago. (At my age, since I’m not worried about being pregnant, I’ve been lax about recording the start and duration of my periods.)
    I noticed a bad odor emanating from my vagina last during sex. Didn’t phase my husband any but I was like “WTF?” It was a real mood killer for me. I even thought that perhaps I had left a tampon inside and fished around as best as I could several times but didn’t feel anything. Started thinking that maybe I was pre-menopausal and hormones were altering my natural scent. Then spent part of today thinking that maybe I had cervical cancer which could alter my normal odor.
    Then, this evening, after urinating, noticed some tissue-like clots on the toilet paper and took another stab at searching my vagina (literally my third or fourth time) and finally found the tampon. It was a small tampon and it’s kind of amazing how it was able to stay lodged inside of me for so long and avoid detection (the string was also inside).
    I’m expecting things to return to normal within a day or two. Won’t douche. Just hope I don’t trigger some sort of infection. Not worried about TSS.
    Certainly would not have expected this to happen to me. It will definitely NOT scare me away from using tampons — can’t fathom going on a pad. I’m just going to have to make doubly sure the string is always hanging out as a reminder.

  357. scared permalink
    January 18, 2011 1:26 am

    I just discovered a tampon was lost in me, couldnt have been for more than 2 days, I dont have any foul smell at all. What should I do

  358. kaitlyn permalink
    January 21, 2011 5:27 pm

    soo glad i found this form. i had drunk sex the other night and blacked out. i was sure he took it out but wasnt positive. i had the nastiest odor for a couple days. i thought it was a yeast infection… turns out after a tube of monistat 7 cream it slipt right out. im so glad i didnt have to go get it removed. now im waiting for the smell to clear!

  359. different permalink
    January 25, 2011 1:44 am

    I wasn’t drunk or anything. Completely unaware my guy and I passed out and next thing I know were both having sex while sleeping? Has this happened to anyone? Not only that but there was a tampon in during this whole ordeal n im kinda freaked out. i started slowly coming out of my “obvious” deep sleep and started yelling “stop Omg stop” realizing it was still in there. Luckily it was still within reach so I pulled it out. But half of me thinks I was half asleep n just “dreamt” that I removed it. Maybe ill see a doc…embarrassing!

  360. desmarais permalink
    January 25, 2011 6:08 am

    Im 14 years old and i “think” iv left a tampon inside of me… i told my mother , but she thinks i took it out. Im not sure what to do .
    – Desmarais

  361. ahhhhh help permalink
    January 27, 2011 10:26 pm

    im not sure if i left one in or not.
    i tried doing all these things listed
    but i cant go any farther inside.. lol
    i did get a head ace last night and tonight
    but thats about it
    i think i “lost” it last night
    but i’m not really sure.
    what should i do…

  362. samantha permalink
    February 7, 2011 10:57 pm

    I first noticed a funky, foul, almost decaying smell after sex with my boyfriend..After some research I figured it was most likely BV. My friend told me to buy a monistat 7 day and probiotic pills. After 3 days of monistat, the smell was getting worse so I made a doctors appointment. 4 days of sexual frustration because I didnt want to relive the horrible odor moment with my significant other, i went to the bathroom and to my horror pulled out a tampon. I figured it must have been lodged up there for about 9 days…..The monistat helped lubricate the area and the tampon came loose. The smell is a dead give away….I advise not having drunk sex on your period, because you might forget to take it out…..ughhh, awful! Going to the doctor anyway to see if every thing is fine!

    • darla permalink
      February 10, 2011 12:26 pm

      I agree with you Sam I had no idea that it would have been a tampon lost. I assumed my horrible odor was BV so I tried the probiotics and after 3 days the odor was worse after making my appointment the doctor found the disgusting problem. NEVER HAVE DRUNK SEX ON YOUR PERIOD. I am certain that is what happened to me. I just want to know if I had symptoms of TSS. I have experienced nausea and trouble having a bowl movement as well. All of which have now dissipated since I went to the doctor.

  363. February 12, 2011 5:55 am

    This happened to me just today/the other night. Put one in, got drunk, had sex with husband. People drink too much very often, it happens(i drink twice a year and this happened). Racked my brain to remember if I had left it in there the next day. I was sure I would have felt it so I brushed it off. 3 days later while using the restroom I “pushed” the old nasty thing out. But since it’s been out i’ve felt more uncomfortable. Could possibly be my brain in overdrive… But now I feel like i have an infection which I’ve only had once before in my 30 years of life. Have to pee constantly and pain when I do so. I’m curious to know if this is a normal symptom that will reside?

  364. darla permalink
    February 12, 2011 4:24 pm

    I would go in just in case!. The doctor said it happens more time then not. It is better to be safe then sorry!

  365. Claire permalink
    February 13, 2011 1:18 am

    I started my period about three days ago, and I use tampons, which almost always work, until this month, when my period completely stopped in about three days. Normally I have a very heavy flow at the beginning of the week, for about two to three days, and then it slows up a bit, but doesn’t stop. Three days in, it has completely stopped bleeding. There is also some smelly discharge but it isn’t brown. I’ve felt around up there, but I’m still not sure if there’s anything up there. I’m wondering if a tampon could have ripped, or something, and gotten stuck way up there. Like, farther then I can reach. Should I seek medical attention or should I wait it out a bit?

  366. Jennifer permalink
    February 16, 2011 2:19 am

    This happened to me twice in two days! My period finished about 4 days ago but since then I’ve had this disgusting smelly brown discharge and I had no idea what was going on. Yesterday, when I was having a shower I could feel a tampon inside of me and eventually I got the thing out. I thought that would’ve gotten rid of the problem but no, still this horrible discharge. I thought it must’ve just been my period, just very light and very long, so I put another tampon in today to be safe. When I took that one out just before i found yet another lost tampon! I got that out and came straight online cause I’m really worried. I have no idea how long they have been in. Whether it’s been a few days or even months! I don’t know how I could’ve possibly forgotten about 2 tampons and if any more are in there.. Should I go to the doctors or will I be alright now I’ve gotten them out? I don’t feel sick or anything but I don’t know too much about TSS and I’d rather be safe than sorry.

  367. Trisha permalink
    February 17, 2011 4:50 am

    This happened to me before exactly a year ago. I got super intoxicated and had sex with a tampon in. My period came normally that week and then after the last day I noticed a brown, watery discharge coming from my vagina. It had a weird bleach/baby feces smell to it. I was super terrified it was a STI or something serious and went to the doctor. Got tested and nothing. Absolutely nothing. The Doctor didn’t find anything abnormal, but I kept noticing the same problem, foul smelling discharge. So again made another appointment with another doctor and she decided to re-test me for pregnancy, STI’s everything and still nothing. Finally she went in to give me a pelvic and she found the problem. It was a tampon that was stuck in. It had been in there for 20 days! Thankfully I didn’t have an infection but my vagina was inflamed. I will never ever let that happen again!

  368. Kathryn permalink
    February 21, 2011 4:22 pm

    I couldn’t believe it when i lost my tampon! It was only for a night, but i knew it was there as i could feel it, but the string was nowhere to be found! I started panicking, because i just didn’t know what to do, as i could touch it, but couldn’t quite grasp it.

    Got some tweezers and (VERY CAREFULLY) clipped it and pulled it out with ease.

    And just the other day, i was SHOCKED to find that after i’d pulled my tampon out, there was another one in there aswell! Couldn’t believe i’d had two in there without noticing. Sometimes i struggle to get ONE in, let alone two!

  369. February 22, 2011 11:07 pm

    Oh my god, this made me feel good. If it was not for you guys I would probobly be clue less , my period ended last week and I went to the bathroom and there was blood and I have clas with my boyfriend so he was also worried and thought I was spotting than today he came home with me and you know things happened and he was going to finger me but he looked at me and I quote said ” babe why does you’re vagina feel so weird” and I was like I don’t know and I don’t care just do it its probably my cherry and he starts laughing and makes me feel it and I was like eeeeeeewwwww ! Omg it feels so weird and smeelllss DISGUSTING and he’s like yea babe it does smell weird but I never thought of a tampon till I read this so I went to take a shower and got a hold of that sucker. Thank god for boyfriends 🙂 lol

  370. Adeline permalink
    February 28, 2011 9:09 pm

    This website was so helpful! I had the same proble, brown, watery smelly(even thru clothes) discharge…there was indeed a tampon a stuck up there

  371. Kat permalink
    March 1, 2011 3:10 am

    So so so glad I found this blog! About a month ago I went to pick up my man from the bar he works at. He was pretty intoxicated when we left and when we parked in the driveway he started getting frisky. I knew i had a tampon in so i tried to object but ended up giving in, figuring I could run to the bathroom immediately afterwards and fish it out easily enough. Well when I went to the bathroom I couldn’t find it and exhausted decided I was going to just go to bed and worry about it in the morning. The next morning, still nothing. I didn’t want to panic and figured if it was still in there it would find its own way out within a couple of days so I forgot about it. Then about a week ago I started to notice the terrible smell and brown discharge. The smell was especially evident during and after sex which was humiliating. I finally realized that I would have to get to the bottom of it when my guy made a comment about the odor during sex and I wanted to crawl into a hole and die, haha. The only explanation I could come up with was the tampon episode a month ago. So I utilized my google and found this blog. After just a few postings I knew that this is exactly what happened, now I just had to figure out how I was going to remove the nasty thing. Listen to the post that says to crouch on the toilet and lean forward. I searched around for a few minutes and finally felt it wayyyy up there. Pulling it out was a slow, disgusting, smelly process and after it had been flushed I spent probably an hour sitting in the shower scrubbing myself. I’ve never been so relieved in my whole entire life. I just wish I had read this and taken care of the situation right away rather than letting it get carried away!

  372. same experience permalink
    March 2, 2011 3:10 am

    I apparently had sex with a tampon in, once I realized I tried to get it out in the bathtub for an hour, before I asked my boyfriend to take it out for me. He tried for a while and when he finally pulled it out I was so relieved. The craziest thing happened once he got it out, he left the room and ANOTHER tampon fell out behind the first one.

  373. Holly Putwain permalink
    March 8, 2011 1:17 am

    Thanks all you wonderful gals for posting this. Wouldn’t have known it was so common. Thanks for the advice about not to douche and to get probiotics into me (Dr, Gurley) I will make an appointment with my GP I feel a little strange and I don’t know if it was the shock and horror of finding what was making me smell or whether Im a little ill. Either way Im worth it and it could happen to anybody.

  374. March 8, 2011 12:14 pm

    Just wanted to post an update. I had posted my experience on Feb 12th this year. Ended up going to the Emergency Clinic because of the pain. I had a yeast infection and a bladder infection from “the incident.” The doctor said there was no reason at all to worry about TSS, which was my main concern. I remember how terrified I was so if you’re reading this in fear… you will most likely be just fine 🙂 The Dr. wasn’t concerned in the least. But if you experience pain as i did, go get some antibiotics and such. You’ll be just fine 🙂

  375. Emily permalink
    March 9, 2011 7:21 pm

    Hey all! So I just thought I’d leave a nice little comment. I’ve been off my period for about sixteen days, and a couple days after it was done I started noticing a foul, disgusting smell, accomponied with a gross brown discharge. After about five or so days I decided to use Google and found it was something called old blood. It said contact a doctor if it lasts more than a week. And, sure enough, it lasted more than a week. I’m only seventeen, so I don’t exactly have the money to go to the doctor myself, and I was too embarrassed to tell my mother, I didn’t want her to chalk it up to sex or STDs or pregnancy. Anywho, the other day I started wearing regular tampons to stop the brown discharge. About an hour ago, I went to the bathroom and took out my tampon. After I had dropped it in the toilet, I heard a ‘plop’! I looked down to see this brown mass in the toilet. As you can probably imagine, my reaction was WTF. I flipped a bit, and my first thought was ‘Oh my gosh, it’s an embryo, I’m miscarrying or something.’ I was disgusted so I flushed it down the toilet and rushed to my computer. After reading all of your comments of your symptoms and whatnot, I think it was a tampon. What do you think? I recall having a little bit of cramping a few days back, but nothing else other than the brown dischange and nasty smell. Oh, and I haven’t had sex since mid-December…So I HIGHLY doubt it would be a miscarraige! Hah. Thanks for taking your time to read this, whoever you are!!

    • drunkenndstupid permalink
      March 19, 2011 2:01 am

      and girl im the same age as u and my reaction wasss holy f*** this tampon looks like poooo! immmaa freakkkk freaked out and ran to my computer ur not alone. nd an embryo wouldnt fallouttt like tht im pretty sure it would look more red and fetius like but its just a guess bahahahaahahaha i enjoyed tht

  376. drunkenndstupid permalink
    March 19, 2011 1:57 am

    i had a drunkin hookup wensday with my ex got home and relized my tamppon was gonee……..dont remember taking it outttt…..i was likee wooah im hammared…started smelling a bit im like alright this is gross but who am i about to tell i smell hahaha and now its friday and all the sudden it popped out nd now my tummy hurts nd i was just freaking out thinking i waas the only person who would dosomething so stupid thank you everyone who just made me feeelll way more normal at 3am ❤

  377. Needs Help permalink
    March 20, 2011 6:21 pm

    This is the scariest moment of my life. I went swimming (this is only the second time I’ve ever used a tampon) so I put one in so I could swim. But to my surprise when I got upstairs there was no string coming out. I think I can feel it in me but theres no string and I’ve been trying to get it out for like 2 hours. I’ve used all the methods I’ve found on here, but I can’t get it and I’m so scared that I’m gonna get toxic shock syndrome and die or something. At least I know its there NOW instead of finding out in a week like some of these people, but I’m terrified and I don’t wanna go to a doctor…what if I’m just paranoid?! But I know for a fact that I never took it out…it seems to have just disappeared because there’s no string, but I do feel seomthing unusal…but then again I’ve never felt around in there before, so I can’t be sure. PLEASE HELP ME!!

  378. Jessica permalink
    March 24, 2011 2:18 pm

    I don’t have a foul smell, but am bleeding brown and now wondering if I could have left a tampon inside of me?? I have felt and felt but nothing, and this has happened before but if there is no smell does that mean there is no tampon?

  379. kim permalink
    March 27, 2011 10:08 pm

    I had one that was sucked up into my body during my nightly 2 mile walk with my dogs. I too couldn’t remember if I had removed it or not. Then about 3 months later during my period it felt the way it does when they start to work their way out, but it was a light period and didn’t use tampons when I checked I’d found one and when I pulled it out it was backwards. There was never any pain though. Just makes me wonder if they should be putting longer strings on them or something

  380. Mia permalink
    March 28, 2011 5:56 am

    okay well yesterday i fell asleep almost all day since this whole wkend me and my bf went partying and only slept like 4 hours. well my point is that when we were about to get in the shower i was going to take my tampon out and when i went to get a hold of the string i didnt find one. then i went in there trying to feel if it had been sucked in or something. i was sure i put one in when i had gone to the restroom earlier. then me and my bf had sex and i had no pain. im still worried though. i still have some bleeding but no foul smell. should i call a dr or am i just forgetting that i never put one back in. i need help.

  381. janae permalink
    April 12, 2011 8:01 am

    wow this just happened to me this past weekend same symptoms and the smell was gross..but i went to the dr and had them take it out..dont leave this unchecked…

  382. Jessica Shoemay permalink
    April 12, 2011 10:18 pm

    So I’ve had this happen to me before, but it was only left in for about 3 days and I got it out right away. About a month ago I remember having a tampon in, drinking a bit that night and then waking up in the morning only to find it not there. I assumed I had just taken it out or something of the sorts the night before. Its been a month and just the other day I started sweating, and had the worst abdominal pain of my life. I couldn’t handle the pain and I started going in and out of consciousness. Today I went to the doctor cause I thought I felt a tampon in me but couldn’t remove it. Turns out there’s nothing in me. But I don’t completely trust the doctor, he did a pretty thorough examination but who knows maybe it was over looked, as it has been such a long time. I’ve been so friggin paranoid cause if its not a tampon its definitely something not good. Guess I’ll go to another doctor for further examination and a second opinion. by the way the doctor today said he sees a TON of patients that get tampons stuck lol so its nothing to be embarrassed by

  383. Roxy permalink
    April 20, 2011 4:13 am

    I started my period 3 months ago and have never had sex. I have only used pads. I have a VERY heavy flow. I was considering using tampons when I came across this website. Now I’m not so sure… How often does this stuff happen? Should I use tampons? HELP!!

    • Jess permalink
      April 30, 2011 2:24 pm

      Hi Roxy, I commented on the site in response to your comment, but don’t know whether you would be alerted to it as I didn’t actually enter it as a reply to your comment, so please check the site again for it!


  384. Jess permalink
    April 30, 2011 2:14 pm

    Hi Roxy, don’t not use tampons just because of this site!! They make life so much easier, and you feel so much cleaner when you’re out etc. Just learn from this site and other people’s mistakes! I think every female at least once in their life panics they may have left a tampon up, and after reading this site I’ve learnt many actually do, but I’m sure that most once they make the mistake never do it again because they have learnt to be more aware of it!

    I found this site because I realised I had either a) put the tampon up too far that I couldn’t reach the string (which I know is virtually impossible!) or b) put one up that didn’t even have a string. I always check once putting one up that I can feel the string, and today I couldn’t feel it. I now know that in fact, the tampon didn’t have a string at all! But got it out easily enough as it was still just there where I left it!

    Things to learn from this site:
    – Know the feel of the inside of your vagina so that you would feel confident poking around if you were to query the loss of a tampon.
    – Don’t get so drunk when you’re on your period!
    – Using tampons becomes so easy and automatic that you have to make a conscience effort to make sure that it has a string!
    – (once you start having sex) Don’t get so into the moment that you end up having sex with a tampon up!

    I hope this helps, and doesn’t put you off! Tampons really are so good to use, I’m sure the women who have left all these stories would agree with me, and say that they have continued to use them!


    P.s. I’m so glad that I live in England and don’t have to pay to have a check-up with my doctor! I feel so sorry for those of you that put off going to your doctor because of how much it will cost you!

  385. rachel permalink
    May 1, 2011 11:17 pm

    omg the exact thing happened to me i just went to the doctors as i had a foul smelling discharge that you could even smell through my pants it was that bad and i thought i had an infection
    i’ve had sex since then but even when i felt around i couldn’t find anything so i thought i had taken it out
    went to the doctor and turns out i had a tampon up there, which was left in for the past 11 days and i didn’t even realize
    no infection though but i have flu like symptoms, no temperature though so doc reckons its not tss

  386. rachel permalink
    May 1, 2011 11:22 pm

    ps. so glad i am not alone

  387. amy permalink
    May 2, 2011 6:17 am

    im in australia .. and was so freakn glad i came upon this site!…i as so many of you had a few too many and than neither my husband or i noticed if i still had the tampon in or whether i had removed it or not,this happened 2 nights ago, i have had a good search around myself but cant feel anything i dont have any symptoms but will definitely be going to see the doc tomorrow as the thought of infection or tss scare the bejusus out of me, i would also like to say that it shocked me that so many american women are unable to seek medical attention due to it costing so much we have medicare here in australia and i think its about time your government did something the same for america…..thanx to you all for putting my mind at ease and sharing your stories us women need more forums like this !!

  388. May 6, 2011 10:10 am

    THANK YOU LISA!!!! It worked!

  389. Miss R permalink
    May 8, 2011 6:40 pm

    Just today I managed to get out a tampon that had been stuck in me for one or two months. I was rather surprised, but incredibly relieved. And the tampon was still in a single piece so I’m not worried about some fragment getting left behind and causing further problems. I’m so glad I know the cause of the horrible odor and discharge/spotting stuff. And I managed to escape an embarrassing visit to the doctor to make them take it out for me! I’m so glad to know that I’m not the only one who has lost a tampon.

  390. permalink
    May 10, 2011 11:00 pm

    I just went into the gynecologist for an annual and to ask about the foul odor, discharge, etc. She found a tampon that I didn’t know was there. The odor and discharge had been going on for a year or so and it really freaks me out that this tampon could have been there for that long. I feel so thankful that nothing else happened to me because of this. I am now on a antibacterial, but she said there was nothing else to worry about. It seems like this was the source of my problem, but could it really have been up there that on with no other side effects? Has anyone else heard of one being there for so long? Definitely the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me.

  391. Samantha permalink
    May 19, 2011 7:14 am

    I too as many stories forgot about a tampon. I think for about 2 weeks. It worked itself out but last week I had horrible stomach cramps and thought I had food poisoning. Now afterwards I have real thick syrup like blood and cramping. Is this my body finishing the wash out stage or should I be concerned? Im really trying to avoid going to the Dr.

  392. uhoh:/ permalink
    May 26, 2011 5:36 pm

    this is really embarassing. i think i might have forgotten to take my tampon out a MONTH ago! i checked when i felt a wee bit weird down there but nothing and now i am having stomach pains like i never have before and am not sure what to do. i have checked again but nothing unless its too far upp.. :S really worried dont know what to do. HELP anyone…

  393. stacy permalink
    May 27, 2011 12:47 pm

    im 18 years old and reading these stories scared me cuz i started my period yesterday and when i took the tampon out it smelled horrible so i looked up what it could be..i really doubt im pregnant..and when i wear a pad it looks kinda normal red with a hint of brown and if i use a tampon it smells really bad, ive never put my fingers up there before but i figured i better try cuz i dont want anything serious. ive never had an exam before and was nervous about looking myself. my middle finger got up there prolly as far as it would go..but i got too grossed out to keep trying. should i wait and see if my period gets regular again or make an appointment?

  394. stacy permalink
    May 27, 2011 1:50 pm

    i am 18 and have never had an exam before and never tried reaching up into myself before, but after reading these posts i kinda of got scared so i figured i should try, i started my period yesterday and it was like brown and smelled really bad, i figured it was old blood but if i used a pad it looked normal, tampons was what smelled and looked really bad. so i though maybe thats because it was near one i had maybe forgotten about. but this would have been last month if there was one! but then after reading one i soaked in the bath and then tried to reach up and see if i could feel a tampon, i got one whole finger up and got totally grossed out when i tried to move it around to see if i could feel anything. im sure i could go farther but i just quit. yuuuck. but then i showered and a bunch of stringy blood and balls of hard things were coming out. ewww but then my blood was red, so maybe that was old eggs and old blood up there? any advice..should i wait and see if my period is normal and if its not go to the doctor?

  395. tampontammy permalink
    May 31, 2011 7:29 am

    Why don’t they just make tampon strings really really long so you find them easier?

  396. Elizabeth permalink
    June 3, 2011 4:07 pm

    For all the girls asking for help…GO TO THE DOCTOR! I thought I lost a tampon a week ago. I remember putting the tampon in…and I remember putting the next one in, but don’t remember taking the 1st one out. I tried feeling around for it myself, but no luck. I began having flu like symptoms within a few days, and felt lots of pressure…no smell or discharge though. I watied until the end of my period and called PLANNED PARENTHOOD. Check online for a location near you that does womens health exams (pap smears) and call and tell them you think you lost a tampon. I called that morning and had an appointment later that afternoon. They can get you in quick, and they see it ALL THE TIME. I had to do a urine test, and then the nurse used the spectrum to look inside my vagina, and also did a pelvic exam. No tampon was found! $52 and one hour later I have PEACE OF MIND.

  397. Mercedes permalink
    June 4, 2011 1:57 am

    I never use tampons, but that’s all my sister had. When I went to the restroom to take it out, I noticed it was missing a piece, I think it stayed in, it was a small piece, but I’m worried, ans I’m having little pains down there. What Do I DO?

  398. Kelsea permalink
    June 9, 2011 1:49 pm

    I’m 14 and I think I have a tampon stuck up inside me. I’ve been doing “research” and even asked my aunt questions, because this happened to her. I’ve seen all these stories and know what to do, but I’m not even sure if I do have lost tampon, because I don’t remember not taking one out. But now I took out the tampon I had and still feel a little bit of pelvic pressure, my stomachs feels weird, and I’ve been lightheaded a bit, even though I took midol. How can I be sure that I DO have a stuck tampon? Or is it obvious?

    • Brianna permalink
      June 22, 2011 1:18 pm

      im your age and this has happened to me before too. usually, you would get some sort of brown coloured, gross smelling discharge because of the bacteria. I went to a doctr because i thought i might have an infection but i had actually put a tampon in when i already had one and so she had to take it out. But im pretty sure you would be able to smell the discharge if you had a tampon stuck or in there. Believe me, i never would’ve guessed i had one stuck.

  399. Kelsea permalink
    June 9, 2011 1:53 pm

    Oh, and I just started all this last night.

  400. June 9, 2011 7:10 pm

    The first in 10 years that this has ever happened to me! I recently came back from vacation, and while I was on vacation I was on my period. I remember I attempted to pull out my tampon last Wednesday, and I remember the string coming out and I flushed the toilet. Then I thought “did the tampon come out?”, but I figured if the string came down, then surely the tampon came out. Two days later, I had the most awful smell. Though I stopped my period, I was getting this terrible brown discharge and it smelled horrible. I thought it was coming from my urine at the time and told my Dr. about it. My dr. perscribed me with an antibiotic thinking it was a UTI, though I never had a UTI before. Yesterday (which was Wednesday) I realized that there was a possiblity that I could have still had the tampon in from last week. I had chills and flu like symptoms. I remembered the symptoms from TSS and I went straight to the ER room and they got me in immediately. Sure enough the tampon was in there. The dr. pulled the tampon out and the room reeked with that terrible smell. For days I remember that I tried covering the smell because it smelled so badly. I figured if I could smell it, then other people could too. I was in a business meeting, and I remember I tried sitting a certain way so that no one could smell that awful smell. The dr. perscribed me with two antibiotics and I’m on it for a week. I see my OBGYN next Monday to follow up on this. Anyone that has had this I plead with you to go to your dr. This is serious and it’s nothing to play with. Don’t be afraid of what the Dr. thinks because it’s their job to ensure that you’re feeling better. They are used to this happening and I promise you, they won’t make fun of you. You have nothing to be embarrased about.

  401. Christina permalink
    June 18, 2011 6:29 pm

    I also had this happen to me very recently. You think after using tampons for several years that this would never happen to you but I guess you never know. My period ended last Wednesday but I noticed a few days before my period ended that there was a really bad smell coming from me when I changed my tampons. I assumed it was just blood and sweat (ick I know) so I ignored it. After my period ended I was fine for a day or two and then I started getting a watery discharge that was yellow and brown along with a very foul odor that made me want to hide under a paper bag. I called the doctor a couple days later and made an appointment for this coming Monday because I couldn’t figure out what was wrong. Last night when I was going to that bathroom I felt something coming out of me. I won’t go into the details of how it made its way out but sure enough a nasty old tampon with old blood had been stuck inside me for over a week! I was shaking because I was so scared and disgusted. I figured that if I was going to get TSS, I would have already had the symptoms by now. I still called the nurse hotline for my insurance, anyway just to be safe. She told me that I didn’t need to go the ER because the tampon was out but to keep my appointment in case the discharge and/or odor doesn’t go away. The discharge and odor have lessened but have not gone away, yet. I think I’m still going to the doctor in case I got an infection. I feel like I never want to use a tampon, again. It just goes to show that one careless mistake can cause a lot of problems…I’m just glad I found out sooner instead of later.

  402. Margatate permalink
    June 19, 2011 1:09 pm

    Im almost sure i put in a tampon last night and now it is no where to be seen. I have had a shower and washed out the area. It doesnt feel unusual. Also my period is still comming normaly. Wel mabey a tiny bit slower as it is only the second day of my period. I am going to have a bath now but i am wondering , should i push and just keep pushing untin i see something or should i actually go in with my two fingers and search or would that just push it up further?

  403. Brianna permalink
    June 22, 2011 1:12 pm

    okay i have pain when i pee and i’ve ust had my period. the thing is, during my last period, i forgot i had a tampon and I put another one in. The doctor had to fish it out. I had a very strong and foul smelling discharge. Now, I just feel pain when I pee and im wondering if that might have something to do with a tampon getting stuck or pushed too far… Any advice?

  404. Desi permalink
    June 29, 2011 8:35 pm

    I don’t have a whole tampon, but I have a piece of the tampon, I left it in too long and it ripped off. It’s a little piece, really thin about and a inch long, I tried fishing it out and almost had it, but I think I shaved it up farther and now I can’t reach it. Should I go to the Doctor right away, I’m still on my period and My mom says maybe my period blood will lubricate it and make it come down a little so that maybe I can reach it, but I have a little pain and it’s starting to freak me out. please reply.

  405. Kell permalink
    June 30, 2011 7:10 pm

    Can someone tell me please. A couple of weeks ago I had my period and I don’t remember removing the tampon. I can not feel. So I went to the doctor for a pap smear. She couldn’t do it. So sent me for a pelvic ultra sound. The ultra sound says I have a 2.7×2.4×1.4cm complex irregular cyst on my left ovary. I asked if it could be a tampon but she says no. I have to go to the gyno in 2 weeks. But I can’t get out of my head that this could be a stuck tampon. Doc says it can’t get as far as your ovary. Anyone help me with this. I’m still stressed. I can feel a little bit of pressure on my left side which I’m presuming is my ovary cyst.

  406. July 6, 2011 5:09 pm

    I seem to have a freak out every month worrying, did I leave it it? did I take it out? I really just need to stop wearing them. I have gone to a doctor a few times to check because i just wasn’t sure. Never was one in there. One time though, there actually was. I had sex forgetting to take it out. I almost didn’t go get it checked because in the past there was never anything in there. I thought I was just crazy. Good thing I went. But yeah, I really thought I was nuts for always worrying about it. But after reading these posts I realize it happens to a lot of girls. Thanks ladies! There just scary little bastards!! But pads suck and are uncomfortable and gross. So, whatever!!

  407. July 7, 2011 1:54 pm

    I went to a friends house yesterday, and I thought he removed my tampon to have sex. When I left his house and went to the bathroom, once I got home, I felt nothing. I asked him did he remove my tampon, he said no. I tried to feel for it, and even took a mirror to see, and I didnt see a thing. My period is still here, so where is it?

  408. crazygurl permalink
    July 8, 2011 12:37 am

    Wow! I was in the same predicament! Omg, it was so scary!!!! I left a tampon in, and then I forgot about it and had sex!!!!! It got pushed up in there! Thankfully two days later I decided to try and fish it out myself!! I ended up getting it out while I was in the shower!! It was hard work!!!!! But I did it ! Just reach up in there and feel around, you’ll get it! It definitely saved me a trip to the doctor.

  409. July 11, 2011 12:39 pm

    I accidently left my tampon in for almost a month without having a clue i had. I had the same discharge as everyone says..pain during sex and huge lower abdominal pains only to find yesterday morning i had had a tampon in there. I went to the emergency last night just to tell them my situation and i was very concerned. They actually did nothing..two weeks prior i had got antibiotics prescribed thinking it wasjust an infection. so the doctor told me now that the tampon is out and ive already took antibiotics everything should be ok? Should i still be worried? a month is a long time :S

  410. Madison permalink
    July 12, 2011 3:09 am

    I think I lost my tampon but I don’t know for sure. I don’t ever remember taking it out, it’s been 2 days and I haven’t gotten any strange odors or anything. I tried reaching for it but cant feel anything. I keep having menstrual cramps but that’s because I’m still on my period. It stopped for a little bit but started to continue on regular flow but is that because my tampon absorbed all that it could? I am so scared. What should I do? and can the gyno find a lost tampon if I’m on my period?

  411. worried permalink
    July 26, 2011 9:01 am

    can one get lost up there without being pushed up by another tampon or by sex? i don’t remember removing mine but it is not there. i just can’t imagine the thing, string and all, moving up that far that i can’t see it or feel it. but i am worried!

  412. July 30, 2011 9:03 am

    Ladies! I have just found the cause if what ive thought for weeks was bv. I did all the things on here, spent a couple hundred dollars on vitamins, hours researching, the horrible odor had gone away but came back. I started douching with a vengeance(peroxide) then brown almost tan tissue like stuff started ciming out when i douched! Scary. Started reading that maybe it was the bad bacteria coming out. Then watched a video on how to check yourself for a LOST TAMPON! I thought there was no way i could check myself with my short fingers but if u can!!! It was a little tricky but felt around and thats what it was!! Once i touched it and pulled on it i was certain it had to be it. It was sideways and no string. It took a little bit to tug it out and this may be gross but what finally worked for me was to stick my nail into it and pull. Mine was not black from blood but i realized that was prob bc all the crazy douching i had been doing! Nonetheless it was the source of the problem! I never post on things like this but as horrible as that odor and discharge etc experience was, i felt i had to share! And im telling u, u really dont have to go to doc, unless maybe to make sure it hasnt caused tss. If u sit on the toilet, first slowly insert CLEAN finger as far as u can, feel around, then bear down like u are pushing out a baby or whatever and continue feeling around. You may have to use a sweeping motion or like i did and claw finger it. Its almost unmistakeable because it wont feel like part of your body. If u havent douched it will probanly be dark n smell rank im guessing. I was very skeptical bc had already had sex several times since any tampon could have gotten stuck n thought if there us one up there theres no way i’ll get it out but as we all know this stuff is so awful we’ll try nearly anything and i couldnt believe how easy it was