A Doctor Answers Whether You Should Change Your Tampon After Using The Washroom

A lot of women often have this same question, but are just too embarrassed to ask: should you change your tampon each and every time you go to the bathroom? The answer might actually surprise you.

According to Dr. Nita Landry, you should only change your tampon after you “pee” because you feel the need to, not because you have to. In other words, it doesn’t pose any great risk to your health, should a little urine end up on your tampon string.

In an episode of The Doctors, Dr. Landry explains, “Your urethra is close, so when you pee you may get a little bit of pee on your tampon string because it’s right there. However, it’s no big deal. It’s just a string. You’re not soaking up a bunch of urine with your tampon.”

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She adds that it’s totally normal for a tampon string to get a little wet after you use the washroom. Dr. Landry says that if you feel a little discomfort then by all means go ahead and change your tampon. But at the same time, she warns that if the tampon is too dry and you are changing your tampon too often throughout the day, this can irritate the area, too.

Also, Dr. Landry wants women to keep tampon etiquette rules in mind. For one, always change your tampon within four to six hours. Take the tampon out only when you think it's ready to be changed. If there's blood on the toilet paper when you wipe, it's a good time to change your tampon. Eight hours is the absolute maximum that you should leave a tampon in.  Also, always use the lowest absorbency necessary.

If your tampon feels uncomfortable, this means that it might have been inserted incorrectly. If it hurts when you pulled it out is because tampons are designed to expand in your body. When you pull out a dry tampon that's only been in for a short time, it can be uncomfortable.

As far as “number two” goes, yes, there’s a possibility that women with super-strong pelvic muscles can make their tampon get out of place. But a displaced tampon doesn’t mean that you are pushing too hard, either. It happens quite often and is totally normal, too.

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