Tampon Left In Vagina - For Women Only; It's Gross!
The craziest thing happened to me and I have to share just to make you all aware! During my last cycle my husband and I had intercourse. Apparently I didn't take the tampon out beforehand, but never realized (not sure how this happened!) Anyway, after we were done I washed up and put a fresh tampon in. The days following, after my period ended, I noticed some unusual spotting and actually thought it was the semen making it's way out (why I thought that I have no idea). So a few days go by and I start feeling uncomfortable as if I have a yeast infection, so I went ahead and treated it with Monistat 1 (I can usually read my body quite well). Fast forward to a week later and I'm noticing unusual spotting/discharge....nothing I have ever experienced before. Also feeling like I have the start of a UTI. Another week goes by and I try one more Monistat 1 before calling a doctor. Still no improvement (i would usually feel fine in one day after treatment). The spotting continued (mostly colorless, sometimes pinkish) and I started to notice an odor. Brace yourself.....I started to smell like a decaying animal. I was driving myself crazy! My husband and I have been intimate, but fortunately the smell just started the last couple days so he never noticed. I'd be working around the house doing something and get a whiff and was like WTF is going on with me???? I literally thought I had some crazy infection, but couldn't quite put my fingers on the symptoms, as there weren't really any. Fast forward to this morning. Couldn't take it anymore, and truly did feel like I had a minor UTI, so I made an appointment with my gynocologist....THANK GOD!!!! The minute she examined me she saw I had a tampon wedged up in my vagina! I was shocked yet so relieved. Here I am 47 years old and never did anything like this before. I am so grateful I decided to listen to my body and made an appointment this morning, otherwise this could have turned into a very serious illness!!! The doctor used betadine to disinfect and put me on an antibiotic to be on the safe side. I cannot tell you how freaky this experience was! You can imagine all the googling I was doing....if fact, a stuck tampon was one of things I read about but never in a million years imagined I had done this. It all goes back to that very romantic night with my husband, a couple drinks later, and in the heat of the moment I forgot to take my tampon out. Bottom line is be careful with tampons and listen to your body if something doesn't seem right!