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Doctor insights on: When Can I Start Using Tampons After Birth

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How soon after giving birth can I wear a tampon?

How soon after giving birth can I wear a tampon?

Six weeks: Not for at least six weeks after the birth. Even if you've never used sanitary pads before, you will need to use them in the first few weeks after your baby is born. This is because during this time, the inner layer of cells from your (womb) sloughs off and passes out of your vagina. This period-like discharge is called lochia. ...Read more

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Can I use a tampon when I have the birth control iud?

Can I use a tampon when I have the birth control iud?

Yes: It is safe to use a tampon when you have an iud in place. A tampon will not cause the iud to come out or cause an infection. ...Read more

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Just got my first period since giving birth, flow was so heavy went through tampon, 2 pads, underware down to my sheets. Why so heavy now?

Just got my first period since giving birth, flow was so heavy went through tampon, 2 pads, underware down to my sheets. Why so heavy now?

Not unusual: It's not unusual for you to have a very heavy period for the first one after birth. Your uterus had lots of increased blood flow to it for months. However, if the bleeding persists or all of your periods turn into this, then you need to see doc to make sure nothing else going on. ...Read more

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Is it bad that my period is a lot heavier then usual? I took birth control before my period started and when i finally got my period, its a lot heavier then usual. I end up having to change my tampon every hour or so. Is that bad?

Is it bad that my period is a lot heavier then usual? I took birth control before my period started and when i finally got my period, its a lot heavier then usual. I end up having to change my tampon every hour or so. Is that bad?

If : If you did not start your birth control for the first time the sunday after your period, then you run the risk of having abnormal periods, at least for 3 cycles. However with this comes the risk of anemia (low blood count). Therefore you need to see your doctor to make sure this is not the case. Also if the bleeding continues to be this heavy your doctor may want to change your birth control to one with a different hormonal make up. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Having uncontrolled cramps and went through a tampon in 1 hour i stopped birth control last month. This is not normal ive had periods for. I'm 17?

 Having uncontrolled cramps and went through a tampon in 1 hour i stopped birth control last month. This is not normal ive had periods for. I'm 17?

See a Doctor: If you continue to soak 1 tampon per hour, you will need to seek care immediately with a doctor in the emergency room. You may have a miscarriage. ...Read more

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What should I expect at my first ob/gyn visit? I am a virgin but have had a few utis in the past, use tampons and am not on birth control.

What should I expect at my first ob/gyn visit? I am a virgin but have had a few utis in the past, use tampons and am not on birth control.

OBGYN visit: History taking, physical exam. I would think that pelvic exam would be redundant given you're not sexually active and 20 years old. If UTI is a concern, i suggest to get rid of the practice of using tampons. ...Read more

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Genital rubbing, penis did not go in n no ejaculation.Had tampon in from stopping birth control for2 days(only took 5 pills prior)chance im preg?Scared

Genital rubbing, penis did not go in n no ejaculation.Had tampon in from stopping birth control for2 days(only took 5 pills prior)chance im preg?Scared

Unlikely but...: It's very unlikely that you're pregnant. If you're worried you can get the morning after pill (plan b) at the pharmacy. It helps up to 5 days after intercourse (or whatever kind of accident it was). They sell it at the pharmacy over the counter no prescription. Or even better, get a copper iud. Check www.Plannedparenthood.Org for a health clinic near you. ...Read more

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A week before my is period due I have spotting when wiping then 1 tampons worth of blood and now nothing. I'm on birth control. Is this normal?

A week before my is period due I have spotting when wiping then 1 tampons worth of blood  and now nothing. I'm on birth control. Is this normal?

Yes: Birth control can change your bleeding patterns, they typically make the lighter, shorter and less painful. You described pattern seems consistent with a birth control pill effect. ...Read more

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I'm on birth control. I had a very heavy period for 4 days and bled through my tampons, but it was a day late. And no pregnancy symptoms. Pregnant?

Pregnancy?: Birth control is not 100% - any time there is a question get a home pregnancy test. If you were recently on antibiotics this may make the birth control ineffective. Good Luck ...Read more

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33 yr old 2 boys and miscarriage. on birth control. had period over 1 wk ago. started again 2 days ago. bleeding thru tampons and pad with large clots?

33 yr old 2 boys and miscarriage. on birth control. had period over 1 wk ago. started again 2 days ago. bleeding thru tampons and pad with large clots?

Common problem: 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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I was on birth control for 5 years and have been off of it for a year and trying to have a baby. This month i did not get my period around the time of my period I have brown discharge when i wiped and on my tampons when i changed them i still have not had

I was on birth control for 5 years and have been off of it for a year and trying to have a baby. This month i did not get my period around the time of my period I have brown discharge when i wiped and on my tampons when i changed them i still have not had

As : As doctors, the first thing we do when we hear that a fertile woman is having a missed period or abnormal spotting, we check a pregnancy test. You can either take a home pregnancy test as long as it has been 5- 6 weeks since your last normal period, or you can go see your doctor and they can test you. A home pregnancy test is 97% accurate if taken a week or more after the missed period and a doctor's test can tell around when you should be getting your next period. Did you take your tests too soon? There are other reasons besides pregnancy that can cause a woman to miss a period such as: stress, diet, excessive exercise or a hormone imbalance such as with a thyroid disorder or polycystic ovarian syndrome. If you continue to have an irregular cycle, you should give your doctor or your ob/gyne a call. Also, if you have been trying to get pregnant for more than a year and have not been successful, you should contact your doctor to discuss. Good luck! ...Read more