Common "Tampons" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


Tampons are used as one of the methods to absorb menstrual blood. Tampons are small plugs made of cotton that are fitted inside the vagina to absorb menstrual blood. Some tampons are made with an applicator that helps to put them inside the vagina. They have a string at the end, and so it is used to pull them out.

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Can tampon cause stinging and pain while urinating?

Query: Hi doctor, I started using tampons throughout the day instead of a pad, which I usually do not do. A few times when taking the tampon out, it was mostly dry with little blood, but now as I urinate, I am experiencing this stinging in my vagina that is so painful I have to pause when I urinate. I am ...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer Sameer Juma Ali Altawil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks a lot for consulting us. Nowadays, tampons are more in use but using it has some precautions like needing to push it deep inside. And you need to wait longer if your menses are not heavy before removal to prevent friction on the vagina. When you pass urine, sting...  Read Full »

I found that menstrual cups are eco-friendly. Are they more effective than sanitary pads?

Query: Hello doctor, I found that menstrual cups are eco-friendly as they can be reused. There are so many posts that make my mind switch to a menstrual cup. Are they more effective than sanitary pads? Kindly suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. J N Naidu

Answer: Hi. Welcome to Happy to see someone thinking of eco-friendly products. Indeed menstrual cups should be preferred, especially by those using tampons. Menstrual cups can avoid a rare, dangerous toxic shock syndrome in people using tampons. It can be reused. Menstrual cup use should be e...  Read Full »

Will morning-after pills cause a pulling sensation in the vagina?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 30 year old female. I have a minor issue. About a month and a half ago, there was an incident where the condom broke. About 36 hours later, my husband got me four of the morning-after pills, and I took them all at once. Three days later, I started experiencing nausea, soreness of t...  Read Full »

Dr. Mavani Jimesh Himatbhai

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please let me know if you were previously pregnant. Since you took the emergency contraception pill within 36 hours, and you got your period after the intercourse, you are not pregnant. The emergency contraception pills are progesterone tablets. It is a hormone norma...  Read Full »

Why does my vaginal discharge smell like rotten eggs?

Query: Hi doctor, I have noticed the past couple of days my vagina smells like rotten eggs. I have never been sexually active, but I use tampons. I do not have any other symptoms, like burning, itching, discharge, etc. What could this be?  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The possible causes are: If a tampon is left in for a long time or unhygienic methods of insertion. You can stop using tampons and use sanitary pads till fine. Use vaginal wash twice a day for a week. If you have a urinary infection. This will need confirmation of infe...  Read Full »

I have a foul smell in the vagina. Is it possible that I have left a tampon in?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 33-year-old female. My last period was one and a half weeks ago. I had sex five days ago. I noticed a smell that made me suspicious. The smell went away in a couple hours but that made me think I left a tampon in. I felt for it but couldn't find anything. Yesterday, I tried to f...  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I do not see it a reason to worry about. As you mentioned, it could be a forgotten tampon. But chances are low as it would have interfered with your sex. It would have been painful. The other possibility is there may be an infection of vagina and cervix. Cervix c...  Read Full »

My wife is worried about developing a urinary tract infection while using tampons or menstrual cups. Please advise.

Query: Hi doctor,My wife has never used a tampon or menstrual cup before, and we have heard people saying it is the best alternative to pads. Now she wants to try both a tampon and menstrual cup. She researched a lot about the right way to use tampons and menstrual cups, but she could not find a promising ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. She can use both tampons and menstrual cups, and there is no problem at all. Usually, tampons can be used for 6 - 8 hours, and cups can be used for a more extended period. You have to wash it with warm water, boil it, and keep it in water...  Read Full »

I felt a bump while placing a tampon with an applicator for periods. Should I be worried?

Query: Hi doctor, I have periods now. I thought that my period bleeding got stopped and so I decided not to wear anything. But now I still have bleeding and had bled on my panties. When I went to insert a tampon, I noticed that the applicator had a bump and got diverted itself. I pulled it out immediately...  Read Full »

Dr. Manisha Raghunath Auradkar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. The bump you felt can be a vaginal wall as you did not feel anything for the second time. I suggest you wait for a day or two to observe the bleeding. If it stops, then it seems to be regular period bleeding and there is nothing to be worried....  Read Full »

Why does my vagina feel too tight for a tampon?

Query: Hello doctor, My tampon will not go in no matter how hard I try and it hurts so bad. I cannot get my finger in either sides. I have planned to have sex soon but my vagina is too tight. What can I do? Is this normal? I really want to get a tampon in, because I am tired of pads and I feel like my vag...  Read Full »

Dr. Nadia Khan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, some girls may have a tight vagina. I would suggest it is better to get yourself examined by a doctor under good light as the actual diagnosis of tightness can only be found out then. Different causes may include vaginal septum or vaginal stenosis, etc. But if i...  Read Full »

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