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    What if I forget to take my tampon out?

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    If you don’t remove your tampon (say, towards the end of your period), it might become squeezed at the top of your vagina. This might make it difficult to feel or take it out.

    If a it becomes lodged within you, do not panic. A tampon will not get lost within you and will remain in your vagina once you’ve put it.

    How to Self-Remove a Stuck Tampon

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    Try gently grabbing the tampon’s thread or the tampon itself with your fingertips.

    Before attempting to remove it, wash your hands.

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    Do not attempt to remove it yourself if you-

    • detect a foul odour or vaginal discharge suffer from pelvic or tummy pain
    • get discomfort when peeing
    • possess a high-temperature
    • ache, swell, or have redness around your vagina – Redness may be more visible on dark and black skin.

    What if I forget to take my tampon out?

    When to Seek Medical Attention

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    Consult your doctor or the local sexual health centre as soon as possible if:

    • You can’t get it out
    • you suspect that fragments of it are still in your vagina.

    Healthcare workers should be able to remove it for you, but if this is not feasible, they will refer you to a hospital. If you have an infection, you may also require treatment.

    Tampon makers recommend avoiding leaving a tampon in for longer than 8 hours.

    Its use has occasionally been associated with toxic shock syndrome, a rare but potentially fatal bacterial illness.

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