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Tampons Cause Cramps
Why when I wear a tampon why do I get really bad cramps? And when I take it out it releaves some pressure.
Tampons: Tampons may be very acceptable socially and the adverts seem to portray a variety of benefits. They are potentially very dangerous instruments/devices. They collect blood and debris and "bugs/germs" love this and given that the tampon is kept in for some time it would not surprise me if you have vaginal irritation or vaginitis. Tampons are probably not for you. ...Read more
I had baby 4 months ago still pssing clots, heavier than norm, lower bad cramps, fill up super=sized tampon in about an hour?
I am 41. Increasing and extreme painful cramps especially on my right side. This last 2-3 days. Soaking super tampon every 2 hours. What could it be?
Several things: The increasing and extremely painful cramps and heavy bleeding could have many possible causes including infections and endometriosis/adenomyosis. If you are soaking a super tampon every 2 hours for 2-3 days, you need to be seen ASAP by your GYN, PCP, or an urgent care clinic before you become seriously anemic. ...Read more
Try to start out: With "slender" or "light" tampon with one of rounded, plastic insertion tubes to see if that works better for you. ...Read more
Think I left a tampon in. Forgot, inserted another. Can't find the string, tons of pressure and pain that isn't cramps... Help? What do I do?
Retained tampon: If you truly cannot reach in and sweep the vaginal area to clean it out please contact your family doctor to help. ...Read more
Paragard 17 months. Last cycle very light. 2 days just tip of tampon now having cramps everyday and bleeding after red only feel one string. Normal?
Probably: If you can feel a string, the iud is likely ok. The iud will not affect your cycles. ...Read more
AF showed up a week late it was more lighter with only one day of (tmi) 2 tampons that weren't "full". Af is gone but still cramps, bloated, tired. Why?
Irregular periods: 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
Don't know: But if this does not happen with pads, do not use tampons. All of our anatomy is different. ...Read more
Not Normal: I suspect that you have an anatomical barrier you are pressing on that is causing this discomfort. It could be your hymen, your cervix or the back wall of the vagina. You need to see your Doctor or a gynecologist for an examination. This is one you probably should bring your Mom with you to as they will be looking in your vagina. ...Read more
I'm overflowing a super plus tampon every 30 minutes all day, painful cramps, have hypothyroidism. Is this normal?
Menstrual bleeding: This sounds like quite a bit of bleeding. It also sounds like this is new for you - that you are not used to having to change this much? I would have some blood work checked and then discuss treatments for excessive bleeding with your gynecologist if all blood work normal. ...Read more
Swelling: When your tampon is full, the vagina (which is made of elastic tissue) is stretching and the stretch receptors in the vagina can cause cramping and an achy type of pain. While this is common, it is annoying. There's no harm that you're doing, rather it's just a sign that you need to change the tampon. Hope that helps! ...Read more
Not due to the tampo: You should probably remove the tampon. They don't usually cause cramping and back pain, but it could possibly be a sign of the rare infection (toxic shock syndrome). A high fever should prompt an urgent doctor visit. It may be that the menstrual period is the more likely cause of the cramping and back pain. ...Read more
Is it bad to have left my tampon in for 12 to 14 hours because I had a light period and no cramps?
Likely not: While tampons left in for long periods of time can increase your risk of toxic shock syndrome (fever, chills, severe infection) I have never seen a case in my career. If your period is that light, you might want to consider using a mini-pad? Likely many women have done what you describe with no problem, but you may want to consider changing your method. Hope that helps! ...Read more
I'm booked in for a colonoscopy in 4 days time and I have terrible cramps my period is due in 2 days, I cant wear tampons should I reschedule?
Yes: Yes, because you will be more comfortable with the bowel prep. ...Read more
I've been on the depo for almost a year and I started experiencing heavy bleeding. It's hard to put on a tampon and I'm getting horrible cramps. Help?
Help on the way: Help is on the way if you make an appointment with a GYN MD very soon. Depo can cause breakthrough spotty bleeding, but this type of bleeding is not characteristic of Depo use. This bleeding and cramping may be due to something other that Depo. ...Read more
Week late period, but came on this morning, extremely heavy, changing tampons every hour, severe pain/cramps. Any ideas?
Possible miscarraige: 30-50% of fertilized eggs will die durring the implantation process and appear to be a late, heavy menstral period, which it may also be. Either way, its not dangerous. ...Read more