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Accidentally left tampon in for 4 days but never had any symptoms or unusual discharge. Why is this?

Luck mostly: Tss and other infections occur when the host / environment circumstances are right and the bacteria is present. Would consider it a "pass" and try to remain vigilant in the future, as no guarantee of future luck. ...Read more

Discharge (Definition)

Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more


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If I wear a tampon during discharge, can I get tss?

If I wear a tampon during discharge, can I get tss?

Unlikely: Tampons have been redesigned. Risk of tts is very low and virtually unheard of if the tampon is changed every 4-6 hours. ...Read more

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I started having a bad itch and discharge after leavn a tampon in long around august. O?

I started having a bad itch and discharge after leavn a tampon in long around august. O?

Vaginitis: You could possibly have developed an infection which may require treatment. Go see your gynecologist to be sure. ...Read more

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I keep finding a light green spot on my tampons, not a discharge. It's relatively the same shape and in the same place each time. Any ideas?

Likely hardware: If it is not a discharge and it has the same size, shape, color all the time, it is probably something that is in the tampon that is showing up when it gets soaked from secretions. There is nothing physical inside you that will show up the same time/same size/same shape each time. Sounds like a hardware issue. ...Read more

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I went off my cycle on a monday. I put on a tampon just in case and when I took it out, it was a brown smelly discharge on it. What is this?

I went off my cycle on a monday. I put on a tampon just in case and when I took it out, it was a brown smelly discharge on it. What is this?

Old blood: It is probably just old blood and menstrual products. Blood turns brown after it sits awhile and if the tampon was in long enough will begin to smell. If it is not a one time thing, you might see your gyn or family doc. Vaginal infections can also cause discharge and odor. ...Read more

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I've had continual vaginal discharge along with a foul odor for a couple weeks. A tampon I forgotten about just fell out. Should I be worried?

Foreign body: A forgotten tampon can cause pretty bad cases of bacterial vaginosis. They have even been linked to more severe infections like toxic shock syndrome. Recommend seeing your Gyn or PCP to get evaluated so that you can be treated for your discharge. ...Read more

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I have this discharge that looks like aliens sneezed purple stuff down there. Tampons don't absorb it the slime just give a layer over it what is it?

I have this discharge that looks like aliens sneezed purple stuff down there. Tampons don't absorb it the slime just give a layer over it what is it?

Not normal: Most likely a vaginits or endometrial infection, see your gyn for cultues and a pelvic ultrasound, you may need to call men in black for the aliens, - just kidding, please see you gyn or a gyn. ...Read more

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I just removed my tampon and I had dark green discharge on the tip, its period day 5 and I never had any discharge, pain, or itch before. Please help?

I just removed my tampon and I had dark green discharge on the tip, its period day 5 and I never had any discharge, pain, or itch before. Please help?

Here'sBloodInyourEye: Ever got into a bar brawl? Fall down the stairs? Parachute didn't open? Get punched in the eye? Yeah, think of a "black" eye. The color of a bruise is from blood that has diffused into the skin. At first red, then it can change into really cool colors as it gets old and slowly absorbed back into the body, like purple or yellow or brown or green. So my h=guess is it's some residual old blood. ...Read more

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I've been having greenish discharge for a couple of months now, it never itched or smelled that's why I haven't stressed about it. But now it's clumpy. I even used a tampon to kind of clean inside and it comes out with discharge that reminds me of boogers

I've been having greenish discharge for a couple of months now, it never itched or smelled that's why I haven't stressed about it. But now it's clumpy. I even used a tampon to kind of clean inside and it comes out with discharge that reminds me of boogers

Probable infection: There are many possible causes of abnormal vaginal discharge, but color (yellow, green, etc) and/or mucus ("boogers"?) suggest infection. Could be gonorrhea or chlamydia if at risk, and your topic tags show STDs are on your mind. Possibly trichomonas or bacterial vaginosis, but these usually cause odor. Any new or abnormal vaginal discharge should be professionally evaluated; see a doctor soon. ...Read more

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Hey I have heavy vaginal discharge and I wanted to know if it is safe to wear a small tampon for control?

Not recommended: It is best to stick to a panty liner so that you will not aggravate any infections. ...Read more

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After every period I usually have to use a tampon to clear out any pink discharge that comes once it's over and it has an unusual odor. What is it?

After every period I usually have to use a tampon to clear out any pink discharge that comes once it's over and it has an unusual odor. What is it?

See Your Doctor: More details about the discharge will be needed to pinpoint the cause such as duration, pain, appearance of discharge, & more. Odor is common with infections. Additionally a microscopic exam of discharge & other tests may be necessary to evaluate for presence of infection. Your complete medical history will also provide important information. See your doctor now for exam, diagnosis & treatment. ...Read more

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Why would I have a clear discharge like a period all the time? For the past 2 months. I have to wear a pad or tampon. What could this be? It does not

Why would I have a clear discharge like a period all the time? For the past 2 months. I have to wear a pad or tampon. What could this be? It does not

Get tested: Women having varying degrees of normal vaginal discharge and it changes as you go through your cycle. Schedule an appt and the doctor can test you for yeast, bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis, gonorrhea and chlamydia all of which can cause vaginal discharge. ...Read more

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Can an ovarian cyst cause a greenish discharge on tampon?

Can an ovarian cyst cause a greenish discharge on tampon?

No: Ovarian cysts don't cause a vaginal discharge. A green discharge on tampon is more likely due to a vaginal or cervical infection. A woman usually needs an exam to figure out if she has a vaginal or cervical infection. ...Read more

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Brown discharge for on 4th week after surgical abortion, only when wiping and using tampon?

Brown discharge for on 4th week after surgical abortion, only when wiping and using tampon?

Tampon: It is best not to use a tampon for such light bleeding/ spotting. You may find that the spotting stops when you stop using the tampons. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have a foul smell after using tampons. No itch or discharge. Goes away two weeks after period. But still bothersome.

Mild infection: You may have a mild vaginal infection, or more accurately an overgrowth of some of the less desirable bacteria, known as bacterial vaginosis. It is easily checked and treated. Also, make sure you have not inadvertently forgotten a tampon. ...Read more

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Ttc and 1 day late. Put a tampon in and tiny bit of brown discharge on it after removing it. Nothing else. Neg test where is period?

Ttc and 1 day late. Put a tampon in and tiny bit of brown discharge on it after removing it. Nothing else. Neg test where is period?

Irregularity common: Being a day or two late in one month is not uncommon, especially if you've had a stressful month or had changes to your weight. Retake your pregnancy test if your period hasn't come in a week. If your cycle is being more irregular than the past for a couple months in a row see your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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Worried I have a tampon stuck inside me. My period was 2 weeks ago but 4 days ago I got really foul smelling clumpy brown discharge! Help?

Worried I have a tampon stuck inside me. My period was 2 weeks ago but 4 days ago I got really foul smelling clumpy brown discharge! Help?

See your doctor or: Go to the emergency room. You need to have it removed if it's there and if not, be examined to see if you have an infection (and be treated if there is). ...Read more

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I had my period 3 weeks ago and have had brown discharge for a week now and it is enough 4 me to have to wear a tampon. What is wrong with me? AmIPreg?

I had my period 3 weeks ago and have had brown discharge for a week now and it is enough 4 me to have to wear a tampon. What is wrong with me? AmIPreg?

Take a test: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections ; hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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This morning I got up and I had a brown looking discharged and I'm suppose to be on my period soon but I don't know what that discharge means and it kinda burns when I put a tampon in. What does that mean?!?!

This morning I got up and I had a brown looking discharged and I'm suppose to be on my period soon but I don't know what that discharge means and it kinda burns when I put a tampon in. What does that mean?!?!

Some thoughts...: Many women have vaginal discharge, but some types of discharge are not normal. A woman may see normal changes in discharge before or after her period. Changes in discharge that may be an infection: a bad odor; vaginal itching or swelling; a green, yellow, or gray colored discharge; discharge looking foamy or like cottage cheese, etc. A doctor can check, if symptoms persist, recur or are worrisome. ...Read more

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Hello. I came on my period on monday and was finished on friday. I normally wear tampax pearl tampons however I used the cardboard applicators. When my period was on the 5th day I noticed a brown discharge which I normally don't have. On saturday the disch

Hello. I came on my period on monday and was finished on friday. I normally wear tampax pearl tampons however I used the cardboard applicators. When my period was on the 5th day I noticed a brown discharge which I normally don't have. On saturday the disch

Brown = old blood: Sounds like an irregular period. Brown usually means old blood that has been sitting at the back of the vagina. If this is not typical for you then track your cycles for the next few months to see if they normalize. Often things get back to normal the next cycle. If you feel the discharge continues to be abnormal schedule a visit for an exam ...Read more

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Had a horrible vaginal odor and watery brown discharge. Found a tampon left inside me for 3 weeks and removed it. What do I do now?

May need evaluation: As bad as it sounds, it is not uncommon. You already removed the offending agent. Here are some signs that you may need to be seen by your doctor:
Persistent vaginal discharge, burning or itching
Pelvic pain, fever or a rash
If your symptoms disappear, you may want to take some probiotics (eat greek yogurt).
DO NOT DOUCHE, this kills the good bacteria in your vagina ...Read more

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My periods are always very heavy and painful. I also get a watery discharge (soaks thru tampon, pad and clothes). What could the watery discharge be?

Discharge: Excessive leukorrhea, vaginosis, pelvic inflamatory disease, bladder infection, ovulatory secretions etc. Could be many origins. They should be ruled out to find the cause of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Keep having light green/yellowish clumpy discharge from vagina with odor, mostly on tampon. Have endo, no abnormal annual test results. What could it be?

Keep having light green/yellowish clumpy discharge from vagina with odor, mostly on tampon. Have endo, no abnormal annual test results. What could it be?

Bacterial vaginosis: Most likely you have bacterial overgrowth called bv. That would create the odor. Occasionally you can have additional infections occurring at the same time like yeast or even trichamonas. Your best bet would be to go see a gyn. ...Read more

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While I am having my period, I get this clear water discharge that soaks my tampon and my underwear, it also has a weird smell. Noticed if for a couple months, its like gushing water tampon not able to hold it, even if I change regularly. Embarasing?

While I am having my period, I get this clear water discharge that soaks my tampon and my underwear, it also has a weird smell. Noticed if for a couple months, its like gushing water tampon not able to hold it, even if I change regularly. Embarasing?

Many possibilities: Vaginal discharge will change throughout the menstrual. On the other hand, it can indicate infection. Vaginal odor can be a sign of bacterial vaginosis. Vaginal itching can be a sign of a yeast infection. Sometimes vaginal discharge can be a sign of a sexual transmitted infection. It is a good idea to get checked out. ...Read more