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Tampons stuck in the vagina - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Women's Health
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Doctor :   Hi
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How can I help you?
User :   Hi Doctor. I have kind of an embarassing question but I wanted to ask before I jumped the gun and went to the ER or walk-in clinic. I was wondering if it's possible for a tampon to get stuck inside your vagina?
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User :   I believe the string may have come out of one of mine, and I'm not really sure what I should do.
User :   does this happen often?
Doctor :   There is a chance of tampon stuck in the vagina

Doctor :  
It can happen often
Doctor :   If this happens then it should be removed asap
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otherwise it forms nidus for infection
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it causes discharge foul smelling
User :   yes, that it what I read. I have checked and wasn't able to feel anything. if the tampon was stuck (it is possible i just took it out and forgot) should I be able to feel it by inserting a finger?
Doctor :  
If it is lost inside you cannot feel it by finger
Doctor :  
Forgotten tampons can only be found through per vaginal examination by the doctor
User :   so it is not possible to remove it yourself?
Doctor :  
It is not easy though
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and you may land up inserting infection

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