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TSS: The Real Deal

That disease is TSS, or Toxic Shock Syndrome. TSS is a very rare bacterial disease, and it can be fatal. But you don’t need to...
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Dont wear panty liners in your swimsuit cuz they might not work as well with all the water that is being absorbed anyway. I would use a light absorbancy tampon.

by *gabs*! on 12/28/2010 9:23:33 PM


Okay so why cant you wear a pad in the pool? is it ike bad for you or something? Sorry I know i sound kinda dumb but im new to puberty.

by paramoregurl on 12/28/2010 2:14:49 PM


hey mod, so i just read someone's comment about swimming and tampons, so is it ok to wear pantyliners in the pool if your period isn't heavy? cuz mine is usually heavy the first 2-3 days but after that it becomes light. so can i use pantyliners in the pool then?

Hey girl,

I wouldn't use pantyliners in the pool - they are still made to absorb liquid, so they won't really do much to absorb your period when they're full of pool water! If your period is light, just use a light tampon and you'll be good.
Lauren C.

by ankitsa124 on 8/22/2010 3:15:22 PM


I love giving advice on anything !!!!! so please leave comments on my page !!!!!!!

by jordyn1237 on 7/24/2010 10:09:31 PM


MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD MOD Ok so im starting middle school in like a month and a half and we're going to have to take swimming lessons....the only prob is that i dont wear tampons.I dont want to either.So what am i supposed to do when i got my little "friends" monthly vist and have to swim in school?????? help!!!!!!


Hey! Wear panty liners in your swimsuit. They're not noticable so you don't have to worry about that. Also just so you know when you're in water your flow usually slows or stops. It's better to be safe than sorry though. 

Helen S.

by Dogyocatyo on 7/20/2010 1:39:57 PM


Hey mod please answer my question but I just wanted to say that I looked it up on the Internet and someone asked it on yahoo answers and a Woman/girl said it was just old blood and since it was the end of my period it was just your bodys way if cleaning it self. So I guess I'm cool.

by selena_wiz_lover on 6/11/2010 11:56:09 AM


 I wish I could offer you the right advice, but I think the best thing to do in this situation is talk to a family member and go see a doctor. That way, you can make sure everything's alright. Hope this helps!

emilie b.

by PeakPumas on 6/5/2010 11:54:12 AM


MOD MOD MOD!!!!!!!

by PeakPumas on 6/5/2010 11:44:45 AM


today i went swimming with a tampon for the first time, becuz ive never worn 1 b4. and after like idk 3 or 4 hours i went home. it hurt REALLY bad when i tried 2 take it out. is there a pain free way 2 take it out?

by sophielew2 on 5/29/2010 5:32:35 PM


hey girlies!
I know the GL moderators do a great job of answering questions, but they are busy gals! if you have any questions about tough stuff, school work or anything else, come to my profile and I would be happy to see all your fun profiles and stories!

by Olivia T. on 5/27/2010 12:47:00 AM


ok i know you told us what tss is..but what causes it it from leaving it in to long or what?


Hey girl, check out this link, it has the answers to all your questions:

Helen S.

by koolios on 5/21/2010 2:48:46 PM


Hey girl, the next time you run out of period supplies, why don't you mention buying tampons to your mom instead of pads. This way, it won't be out of the blue. Don't worry too much about it, babe. After all, you mom's a woman too! Jiae K.

by jonaslover1418 on 5/5/2010 4:19:55 PM


I dont know if i should wear a tampon for swimming? I only wore one once the other day and i have swimming tonight. It hurt when i took it out because there wasnt enough blood i guess and it was even a lite. My period is even lighter now and it would still go through my bathingsuit. i dont want to wear a pad/pantiliner (i did that once and it absorbed like all this water and wouldnt stick)I dont want the blood to get all in the pool but idk if i should wear the tampon. Do you think i should? Also, if you wear a tampon in the water, could someof the water go up and get the tampon wet? (so that it would be easier when takingit out)
ps. I competitive swim, its not like a leasurely swim. lol and sorry this is so long!!

Hey babe, if you have your period still you should definitely wear a tampon for swimming.  If it would still go through a bathing suit, yes you should wear a tampon.  If you're really uncomfortable with it, maybe you could ask to sit out for today until you're more comfortable wearing a tampon on a light flow.  Try wearing a Slim-fit tampon or a tampon designed for lighter days, if you're set on going to practice Smile Def don't settle for a panty liner or the water they don't work! 
Megan R.

by rachiiann on 4/19/2010 4:58:40 PM


MOD!! how high r ur chances of getting TSS?


Hey chica, I'm not sure of an actual percentage of risk, but TSS is very rare.

Check out this page for some more info, and links to more info on it.


Becca G.

by hcteh on 4/16/2010 9:43:48 PM


how high r ur chances of getting TSS?

by hcteh on 4/16/2010 9:39:13 PM


MODMODMOD!!! So like some of my friends use tampons instead of pads. I've never tried a tampon and I don't think I ever want to. They sound to uncomfortable and hard to use. Is it bad if I only use pads? Please help!! -Anonymous


Hey girl, its not bad at all. You can use whatever you want, its entirely a personal decesion. Don't be afraid to give tampons a try though. They really aren't that bad when you get a hang of them, and are really handy for situations like swimming and sports.


- Gabrielle

gabrielle m.

by faith_elizabeth33 on 4/12/2010 9:50:00 AM


MOD MOD MOD! What happens if I pee and I'm wearing a tampon?


You will take the tampon out then use the bathroom. Smile

Lynae P.

by Damselinadress on 4/4/2010 3:40:23 PM


MOD MOD MOD MOD! I have 3 things. 1) what's happens to a tampon if I poop? What happens to the string? 2) Im thinking of getting tampons buy where in my vigina am I gonna put it on? 3)My dad says nail polish make my nails turn dark and I searched on the Internet and they say it dosent and I told my dad and he still dosent bielive me! What should I do?


Hey girly, if you have to use the bathroom, take the old tampn out and insert a new one. When you put it on, you'll feel where it's supposed to go. Nail polish doesn't make your nails dark at all. Try buying nail polish. That kind of polish actually strengthens nails. Smile

Lynae P.

by Damselinadress on 4/4/2010 3:32:46 PM


mod!! ok i dont get y leaving a tamp in for to long can affect u like how does it give u tts???


Hey girl! It's called TSS and you can talk to your doc more about the specifics. It's usually not too much of a risk, but definetely something to be cautious of.


Taeler L.

by sarahroxs31 on 3/21/2010 10:23:07 PM


Can you help me?? I wanna use a tampon but i dont know where to umm like put it in??Can you help??

Hey Girl, check out this article: 
Kayla C.

by Stelllar on 3/19/2010 6:15:55 PM


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MOD's busy and not answering your question? Head on over to my page and ill be glad to help you out Smile periods, boys, friends, anything! let your friends know too. thanks guurlies and see you over at my pagee<3

by heyimjoanna on 3/12/2010 2:30:48 PM


MOD MOD MOD Hi, Well what happens if u have TTs? Not that i have that but i just want to know.


Hey girl,
If you have TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome), it can make you feel really sick - fever, vomiting, and rash are common symptoms.

Marie H.

by sweetliksugr23 on 3/10/2010 7:20:59 PM


I dont have it yet...just dreading it

by haleyhay3 on 3/10/2010 1:40:59 PM


I've heard that your period stops when you get waist deep in water. Do you really need to wear anything while swimming when you are on your period as long as you are waist deep?

Hey Girl! As long as your period isn't super heavy, you should be fine swimming without anything in. xo Lizzie 
lizzie n.

by haleyhay3 on 3/10/2010 1:31:49 PM


ok so I'm going to go for swimming lessons and my Mom has NEVER used a tampon in her life.I guess that okay,I mean it's her choice but what if I get my period during swimming? I will have to wear a tampon!I will have to use 1 one day! HELP

Hey girl,

Just because your mom hasn't worn a tampon doesn't mean you can't! Tampons are really the only thing you can wear when swimming or in the water, so it's best to learn how to use them. Even though she doesn't use them, she may be able to teach you, or ask an aunt, friend, or another woman you are close to that can tell you how to use them. 
Allee S.

by lipsmackergal5 on 3/9/2010 12:39:56 PM


MOD no i mean when you take it out. do you just throw it away?



Taeler L.

by treehugger13 on 3/7/2010 9:09:08 PM


Mod what do you do with the tampon?

hey girl! You use it for your period, there is more info under period on the GL site. 
Eryn G.

by treehugger13 on 3/7/2010 8:53:06 PM


MOD what do you do with it then?

hey girl! I am not sure what you are asking. 
Eryn G.

by treehugger13 on 3/7/2010 8:46:14 PM


are you supposed to flush a tampon down the toilet?

hey girl! You can, but its not always the best idea. 
Eryn G.

by treehugger13 on 3/7/2010 7:56:25 PM


My first period was January 10, 2010, and it lasted one day. But I havn't had my second period yet. Is that normal for starters?

Hey girl,

When periods first start, they can be very irregular. Wait another month and see if you get your next period. If it ends up being a long time, ask your mom and maybe she will think it's right to go to the doctor. There shouldn't be anything seriously wrong though, every body is different and it takes a while to get your period into a regular cycle. 
Allee S.

by elita on 2/25/2010 1:19:54 AM


my mom says that tampons make u cramp up even more. i want to use tampons, but she's really reluctant. is what she says true, and how do i convince her to let me use tampons? ps im turning 13 in a month

Hey girl, that is not true. Tampons make no difference. Explain to her the reasons why you want to use tampons -- maybe it's to swim, etc. -- and they're perfectly safe. For more info and research you can show your mom, check out our Pads vs. Tampons section here: 

Alyssa B.

by HeartsGetBroken on 2/17/2010 11:43:16 PM


mod mod mod
is it posible to get tss fromm a pad? If u leave it there for a realllllllly long time?

Hey girl! I don't think so, but you should change the pad whenever you need to. 
Eryn G.

by twee teen on 2/14/2010 5:30:59 PM


IF UYOU HAVE POSTED A STORY ABOUT TSS READ THIS NOW!!!!:please stoptelling us about the storys about how someone you know got TSS it scares us...ALOT

by lady leigh on 2/10/2010 11:48:35 PM


people can u plz stop telling the people ho want 2 were tampons but r scared about how your cuz or ur moms friend got TSS it scarz us ... ALOT!!!!!

by lady leigh on 2/6/2010 1:09:00 AM


srry, this is kinda random, but my mom had a bunch of toxic shock in a spot on her leg when she was younger...the docs had to remove it...weird

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by natalieisyourmod on 2/3/2010 7:01:14 PM


i hate my period. cuz when we go to church when i kneel yuck i can feel. and i dont wear tampons. my friends dont have theirs except for 2 so its hard to change it too at school. most of the time i end of just blotting it. and i always wear a skort or skirt during that time. dont want to be embarressed.

by selena_wiz_lover on 2/2/2010 9:29:32 PM


MOD!!!!!! please help me!!! okay 2 questions, my mom doesn't like me usingtampons cuz she's like, "you want to stick something up there?!?" but is it better than using pads? Also, is it okay to swim during your period?? or should you just not swim?


Hey babe, The only difference between pads and tampons is that some girls find one more comfortable than the other, pretty much. And it's totally fine to swim, but if you're going to go in the water a pad won't stop you from leaking, You need to wear a tampon if you're going to be swimming.

xoxo Allie
Allie S.

by harajukugirl1000 on 2/1/2010 8:49:28 PM


I h8 when im havin my period @ school and i was wondering if u had any ideas on how i could bring pads and tampons to the bathroom without anyone noticing...any ideas?


Hey doll, keep them in a pencil case in your backpack or go during class so nobody sees you. xo JANA

jana k.

by Jazmyn D on 1/28/2010 11:46:59 PM


hey ladies my cuz didn't kno she had TSS and tried a tampon and had a siezure and her older sis had to pull the tamp out of her! So b careful...

by Jazmyn D on 1/28/2010 11:44:55 PM


Hey!! I have this fear that one day when i try to pull a tampon out the string is gonna break! Is this going to happen? How would you get it out if that happened? ThanksSmile


hey babes, that isnt going to happen but I guess if it does, you either have to reach up there and grab it ( a tampon isnt going to escape into your body so dont worry) or you will have to go to a doctor and have them get it out. xo JANA

jana k.

by Fieldhockeystar on 1/28/2010 11:17:42 PM


Mod Mod Mod
i don't like using pads but tampons scare me. my mom said that im too young and said that i should change my p. more offten and just dosen't want me to get TSS. plz reaply!!!!!

Hey girl, TSS is super rare so you're not likely to get it, but it's important to change your pad regularly to protect yourself against protection. Aim for every four hours.

Alyssa B.

by Tiger Lily on 1/27/2010 8:04:34 PM


hey-- i dont know what to do. i dont wear tampons but i am finding blood everywhere on all my clothes and everything! its all dry and wont come out. it is very heavy and SO uncomfortable. i am freaking out i just dont know what to do.

Hey girl, check out this
page and see if it helps:


We have everything you need
to know about all things period!
, Your Blog
Patrol Babes


Megan R.

by irishkaren on 1/26/2010 6:21:56 PM


MOD~ would it be ok to wear a tampon from like 7-11:30 then change it from 11:30-3:30? thats how long my school day is. thanks!


Hey girl! Sounds okay. But, it depends on your individual body. See how it goes, you'll know when you need to change it!


Taeler L.

by ilovegiraffes45 on 1/24/2010 9:54:26 PM


I left mine in for like 8 or 9 hours at school for a week. My temperature got hotter, I got cramps and I felt sick.....MOD?????? Help

by livvybee365 on 1/23/2010 2:20:38 PM


srry Alyssa B. I read the question one more time and had a different view....... mi bad

S'alright. Sorry for the confusion, girlie.

Alyssa B.

by coolchick110 on 1/22/2010 10:59:07 PM


Mod Mod Mod
I am not afraid of tampons, I am afraid of TSS. I know that it is really rare, and I realize that I won't get it if I change the T every 4 hours, but I sometimes get this feeling that the rare bad thing is going to happen to me. I always feel like something bad is going to happen to me, or I am going to be in line for something and they run out right when I get up. How can I get over this fear? I know that it is stupid, but I can't help it!

Hey girl, I know exactly how you feel, but remember this: life isn't worth being worried about every minute: you'll never be able to enjoy it if you're dreading the next moment. Take a deep breath and know that more than likely, you won't get TSS. You can always use pads if you feel more comfortable with it, but don't worry about TSS, girl, really. Take care of yourself and just enjoy the ride. Highlight the good things that happen to you over the bad and stay optimistic. Bad things happen to everyone, but good ones do too.

Alyssa B.

by coolchick110 on 1/22/2010 10:58:09 PM


MOD MOD MOD MOD Alyssa B. answered one of ladybuglover28 's questions which asked which hole to put the tampon in. Alyssa B. answered, either hole will work. Blood only comes out of one hole right?? Plz answer cuz I am like totally confused!!!!!!!

Hey girl, I think you're misinterpreting because I def didn't mean it like that; I may be referring to another part of the question. The thing with tampons is they just take a little practice putting in (and there is only one hole). Read the instructions -- or ask your mom for your help. You'll get the hang of it in time. Sorry for the mix-up. 

Alyssa B.

by coolchick110 on 1/22/2010 10:45:56 PM


i have swimming lessons next week and i have my period. i missed the lesson today cuz i got it, but i dont wanna miss a whole week of lessons. also i am scared to use a tampon.. like does it hurt?? i just dont know what to do..


hey girl,


definitely don't hurt! try pearl (plastic) my fav brand, and ask your mom to help you!

Sammy d.

by jwanner on 1/22/2010 5:17:36 PM


mod i was just wondering what AIDS is ?


hey babes, AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Difficiency Syndrome. It affects the bodies immune system to the point where you can no longer fend up disease. xo JANA

jana k.

by fashionsense on 1/19/2010 9:42:42 PM


MOD I asked this a about 30 mins ago but it never showed up. Can you get TSS from wearing pads to long or is it just tampons?? Also will you definatly know if you've gotten TSS or not? Thanks and I'm sorry if you had to answer this twice.


Hey girl!  I did answer this q already, but it took a while to get to it.  Sorry for the delay.  You can't get TSS from wearing pads.  If you do get it from TSS you will know it because you will start to feel the symptoms.  Check on your box of tampons or even online for details. best, Kristen

Kristen Y.

by queenashley37 on 10/4/2009 5:29:12 PM


MOD just wondering can you get TSS from wearing pads too long or just from tampons?


Hey girl!  You can't get TSS from wearing pads.  Since tampons are actually inside you, you're at risk.  Pads are outside, so you don't have to worry. Best, Kristen

Kristen Y.

by queenashley37 on 10/4/2009 4:59:58 PM


mod mod mod mod
when putting a tampon in, which hole do u put it in? 

Hey girl, check out your tampon's instructions if you're unsure, but I think either place will work. The point of a tampon is to catch what's leaking. For more help, check out our Periods, Period section at

Alyssa B.

by ladybuglover28 on 9/24/2009 7:01:30 PM


MOD!! Whats the longest you can leave a tampon in??? Can i leave it in the whole school day???!?!?!?!?

Hey, tampons should be changed every 4 hours or so. I'd change it at least once at school, but really it depends how heavy it is that day. 
katelin s.

by cngibby333 on 8/24/2009 11:03:50 PM


Hello, I was wondering how can I convince my Mom to let me wear tampons instead of pads. Because she has never worn a tampon before and she only lets me use it when I go swimming because she is scared I will get TSS. I understand her concerns but I prefer tampons over pads. So how can we both be happy ?
Thanks for the help!

Hi babe, 

Toxic Shock Syndrome is extremely rare and is caused by leaving a tampon in for too long. Talk to your mom about her concerns and express to her why you want to switch from pads to tampons and just how cautious you will be using them. It will ease her stress and yours. 

xoxo Keltie
Keltie E.

by cutieness105 on 8/15/2009 1:00:51 PM


MOD it says that a symptom is Diarheea[i cnt spell Tong] but i have irregular digestive system most of the times... alot of food regualrly gives me gas asnd diarheea... so should i be worried if i get it while using a tampon or should i watch for the other symptoms??? thx! <3 b3kah


Doesn't sound like you should worry, since diarheea is something your bod normal goes through. There may be other symptoms too. Things like headaches or cravings. But don't worry, you know your bod better than anyone else so you'll know when something is not right.

Lynae P.

by nicegurl on 8/7/2009 10:51:14 PM


okay the idea of using a tampon is totally discusting to me i would rather use a pad-that is when i actually start-is it true that you have to use a tapon when swimming?

by Twilight_fann_08 on 7/23/2009 9:30:50 PM


Umm I can't find the hole.......Where is it? Foot

Hey girl!  When you stand up straight, the hole is directly under you.  If you're trying to put in a tampon, it will be farther back then your front and closer than your butt. Best, Kristen
Kristen Y.

by veronica barakat on 7/23/2009 3:05:45 PM


if you swim what happens if you wear a pad? does it like get all soggy or sumthing? i am afraid of getting my period in the pool but i havent had mine yet and ive read that you shouldnt wear tampons b4 u get your period....please help!

Hey girl!  If you go swimming with a pad, it will soak up the pool water too.  If you're worried about getting your period, you could probably try wearing a really thin panti liner.   Have some tampons in your bag so that you can use them if you need to.  Best, Kristen
Kristen Y.

by kittybug101101 on 7/23/2009 2:33:41 PM


My friend once put in a tampon and forgot it was there. She realized about a month later when she got her next period that it was in there! And she was fine. So chances are, even if you leave a tampon in for a long time, you won't get TSS.

by supersingershannon on 7/22/2009 9:09:34 PM


TSS is really really rare, and unless you get these symptoms, you really shouldn't worry about it.

by supersingershannon on 7/22/2009 9:07:30 PM


OK, now i know this will sound weird but I've trid to put a tampon in, but it always stings to insert it. Ive tried 3 different times and i cant get it past the opening. Is there a problem with me?

by serenabeana on 7/22/2009 8:37:03 PM


I've started using tampons but only for one period. I can put them in very easily and i like them a lot better than pads. But whenever I take it out it still hurts. Once Blood leaked out and got on my underwear, but it still hurt when I took it off that time. I use tampax pearl regular and I know lites won't work. WHY DOES IT STILL HURT WHEN I TAKE THE TAMPON OUT???


Hey girl, although you might be used to inserting, that doesn't necessarily mean that your body is used to it. You still have to give it some time. Think of it as breaking into new shoes. It needs some getting used to.
<3 Jeannie
Jeannie L.

by dance4evagrrl on 7/22/2009 6:37:18 PM


***MOD***** Why do people say its bad to have a tampon in for more than 4 hours, but 8 hours when you sleep? i hate wearing pads to bed because i always have to wear two.! is it safe to wear tampons to bed?


when you sleep your body is laying flat which causes you to bleed less.  That is why you can use one tampon for the full 8 hours with no leakage!  However, during the day when you standing upright, the bleeding can be heavier and therefore it is necessary to change your tampon more frequently!  So yes, it is safe to wear tampons to bed!  Give it a try!

Brooke E.

by xxtwizzy2xx on 7/22/2009 12:01:11 PM


ok this is kinda really weird but imortant to know at the same time, because im considering using tampons but im super scared!! Ok here it goes: How do you pee when you have a tampon in?
gross i know but whatever!

Hey babe, they are different holes so you can pee while you have a tampon in but some find that uncomfortable and take the tampon out anyway. 
katelin s.

by kelsabrams on 7/22/2009 12:43:47 AM


MOD!!! i know other ppl hav said this but tampons scare the heck outta me!!! like putting cardboard and wat not into my body down there! EW! but pads really bother me cuz my flows pretty heavy and i forgot 2 bring pads with me to a 3 hour long meeting followed by 2 hours of shopping! i almost died it felt all icky and stuff, plus is it weird that i feel more comfie in thicker pads? thin ones just dont do it for me they feel weird and i dnt like changing them as often .Laughing) i ttly understand if u cant get back to me but thanks a lot if u do !!!
LOVE Cassie!!! Laughing

Hey babe, sorry I had to edit some things out. Tampons can be intimidating but trust me, they're not as bad as you think! Just test it out and if you don't like it, stick with the pads and try again later. Thicker pads are fine, you should stick with what ya like.
katelin s.

by GODALLASSTARS!!! on 7/21/2009 11:31:05 PM


can u sleep w/ a regular tampon in ?

by tennisplaya on 7/21/2009 4:47:34 PM


ok i put a tampon in and than 2hrs l8r i go to the bathroom and my period leaked through my tampon it did tht 2ce y iz tht iz at the highest absourbency but it leaked y is tht

by tennisplaya on 7/21/2009 4:46:44 PM


MOD!MOD!MOD! okay i hears that you can sleep in a that true??im affraid to try it cause im not sure if you can without getting me pleasseee!


Hey girl,

You can totally sleep with a tampon in. You'll be fine. But it you feel uncomfortable about it, then set an alarm to get up and change it during the night.


Melany T.

by reesescup96 on 7/21/2009 1:07:26 PM


i dont need tampons yet but if i go swimming i cant were a pad and tss sounds scary!!!

by singasolo on 7/14/2009 2:33:44 AM


Thank you so much for this artical!! I had no idea what it was so I asked you yesterday and look a whole little artical on it!! It really helped thanks!!

by girlygirl2143 on 7/13/2009 12:44:01 AM


Ok I need help! Anyone who could help me I would greatly appreciate it. I got my period a LONG time ago but, I've never been in a situation where I needed to use a tampon and now my cousins invited me to a water park tommorow and I will have ot wear a tampon or not go. So, I have some questions:
1. Has anynoe had any bad experiences with tampax pearl?
2. Do tampons hurt?
3. Do I have any precaustions that I have to take b4 putting in a tampon?
4. How do I p with a tampon in?

by uh-mazing on 6/16/2009 4:04:07 PM


mod*** i didnt get my period yet but i was wondering do you have to wear a tampon when you go swimming or can you use a pad?


tampons are best babe..

Sherryn D.

by keelysquirrel on 5/26/2009 9:22:21 PM


The first time I put a tampon in I was crying and screaming because it hurt so bad.
Thankfully I learned that I put it in wayyyy wrong.
And for anyone wondering how to put on in that doesn't want to ask, if you buy Tampax Pearl, they always have a step-by-step how-to. That's how I learned!

And don't worry, putting a tampon in doesn't mean you're going to get TSS!

by JescaLovey on 5/9/2009 7:55:46 PM


Mod, I really want to use a tampon but I'm afraid I will forget it and leave it in to long. Do you have any ideas of how I could remeber to take it out so I don't get TSS?


Talk to your parents or gynocologist about that babe.<3 Sherryn D.

Sherryn D.

by Pro_Gymnast_32 on 5/9/2009 11:34:56 AM



by pandahugz on 4/28/2009 6:39:11 PM


Yeah, they are TOTALLY right, TSS is really rare. You'd have to have a super absorbent tampon in, and forget it was there, and leave it there for days to get TSS. So no worry's if it was over night or more then 8 hours.

by neon-glitter on 4/20/2009 2:58:40 AM


im really scred to sleep in a tampon... what if i sleep for over 8 hrs by mistake. but i really dont want to wear pads when i have friends over, im afraid you can see them through my pj's actually im pretty sure you can and what if it makes a sound when you move. thats just really weird... what should i do???

Hey Girl, you'll be fine with it in, if your nervous change it in the middle of the night or first thing when you wake up. *Cara T* 
Cara T.

by flip-flop14 on 4/11/2009 4:41:42 PM



by flip-flop14 on 4/11/2009 4:38:47 PM


And this is why I stick with pads and dont swim in the summer when I have my cycle, you see I'm a huge swimmer and I swim for WAY longer than 4 hours in a row...yeah, peace

by gussing-girl on 4/11/2009 3:36:03 PM


I love wearing tampoms (much better than pads) but i've been using pads lately because i can't take tampons out!! I need help i have a swimming party today and i'm on my period please please please mod

YOu can go to the party and wear a tampon or not go and wear a pad. try wearing a different brand, some brands dun work well.<3 Sherryn D.
Sherryn D.

by swedlhal on 4/4/2009 12:37:14 PM


This always freaks me out a bit because one of my mom's friend's daughter got it. She didn't die but she was very sick for a while. But she had used a super-extra heavy tampon w\ only discharge... and left it in super long by accident

by krenee919 on 4/3/2009 8:01:10 PM


MOd, so I tried a tampon, and then I kinda got scared and took it out, but it was sorta hard to get out, and it also kinda hurt, is that normal? Also, I'm afraid I'll forget I have a tampon in and get Tss, or that I did take it out, but then I like freak myself out and keep questioning myself if I really did, and I really don't like when I do that, but I don't know what to do about it. So I was wondering if you had any opinions about that. Thanks

Hey girl,

No worries, there. As long as you put the tampon in correctly it totally won't hurt and you'll be fine. The only way to get TSS is to leave a tampon in for a LONG time. For more info on everything about periods, look at our periods period hub Smile



caitlin r.

by Pro_Gymnast_32 on 3/30/2009 3:29:27 PM


Next year i start high school and u HAVE 2 take swim class or u wont pass high school which means i have 2 wear a tampon but both my mom and grandma have titled uteruses i think i might 2 but that meant that whenever they used tampons they got stuck wat do i do

Hey Babes,

Talk to you rents and express your concerns.  You should probably see a doc just to get the facts as well.

Xo Lori
lori S.

by froggie823 on 3/26/2009 8:22:27 PM


hey... im 13 and i usd a tamp only once... it really hurt. was it placed wrongly?

by eco-lu on 3/9/2009 4:41:47 PM


OMG thank you
in sixth grade we got "the period talk"
from my P.E. teachers and they told me about this and completely scared me out of using tampons

by WhitleyJonas on 3/5/2009 10:23:57 PM


Hey mod? when i pull my tampon out, why does it always hurt a little? is there a special way to pull it out or something? please tell me!

Hey Girlie,

There's no special way, but sometimes it can hurt a little when you remove it.  Check to make sure you're using the correct absorbency, if you're still uncomfortable, then maybe you should ask a parent to set up a doc appointment.


lori S.

by floridagrl4eva13 on 2/6/2009 9:15:51 PM


i dont know how people use tampons!!!!!!! they are soooo uncomftable! i use them when i have my period and i have to go to dance but thats it..

by ginnykinz on 2/5/2009 10:37:14 AM


mod thanks jana!!whats the worst that can happen if you leave in a tamp in too long?


Hey babe,

     You can be at risk for TSS, Toxic Shock Syndrome or get an infection if that happends.<3 Sherryn D.

Sherryn D.

by tap_dancer on 1/16/2009 7:25:52 PM


im 11 and got my "gift" in may 2008, 2 months before i turned 10. my periods have been normal up to december, but this month, its about a week and 1/2 earlier...
Is this normal? Cause its weird to have it for 5 months normally then change suddenly.


Hi girl, It takes a while to get into the schedule of things. I am sure you are fine. xo JANA

jana k.

by tap_dancer on 1/16/2009 7:19:59 PM


ok this mite sound weird but ive tried tampn a few times i have no prob getting them in but after 5 minutes i freak out and take it out but i usually have trouble takking it out, it hurts but it does come out. is that normal??


it hurts when you take it out so soon because it's too dry. Leave it in longer. Smile L

laura f.

by lilmizcrazi on 1/9/2009 11:12:29 PM


if i have a tampon in and it burns a little then is that ok. this is my first time wearing one and i just wanted to know if you think it is normal that it is burning a little and its a little uncomfortable.





Hey babes, Are you sure it burns and isn't just uncomfortable? Try using the smallest size and wait till you are naturally lubricated to insert. xo Annemarie

Annemarie D.

by glgal41 on 1/8/2009 7:32:59 PM


ok this mite sound weird but ive tried tampn a few times i have no prob getting them in but after 5 minutes i freak out and take it out but i usually have trouble takking it out, it hurts but it does come out. is that normal??

by lilmizcrazi on 1/5/2009 11:03:09 PM


Im scared of using tampons, i have used dem be4 but now im jst scared dnt ask y i cant even explain it lol does anybody recomend tampons over pads? what one should i use?

by Phat Chick on 1/4/2009 9:17:15 PM


I always use tampons, but at night i use a pad to be safe!!!

by dancer_roxilynn on 1/3/2009 5:09:09 PM


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by supersweetie563 on 1/2/2009 10:49:50 AM


im 13 and still havent started. my mom is wondering why also. everyone in my family started around 13. yes im 13 but almost 14. im kinda scared. is there something wrong? or is it normal

by shattered lolli on 12/30/2008 5:44:42 PM


*To All Girls*

I was wondering... has any1 used the new Always Infinity?? It's like $8 for a pack of 34 pads so if ANY of u hav used them could u leave me a message on my profile about if they do or don't work or wat u lik bout them?

Thx 4 the help,

by Ash95 on 12/15/2008 7:12:28 PM


yeah my cousin got TSS and was in the hospital for 3 mnths.......but shes okay now and she recovered very fast

by mrs.kevinjonas on 12/8/2008 12:16:37 PM


Ok well um is it true you can't have a baby until you have your period?? I dont wanna have a baby or anything yet, I was just wondering

Hey GIrl, yeah but you can only get pregnant if you are sexually active without using protection. *Cara T* 

by strawberrysherbert on 12/6/2008 1:07:15 PM


this is so gross im sorry but is it normal to have a heavier flow when you are laughing a lot and standing up cuz i could like feel it coming out when i was laughin ( thats the gross part )



Hey girl, Your flow could shift if you change positions in bed, stand up, sit down, laugh, adjust yourself, or even breathe too hard ;). Bottom line, flow is unpredictable, which is why I always make sure to carry several different sizes of tampons and liners. xo Annemarie

by softball_lover_96 on 12/4/2008 9:47:31 PM


*MOD* i know this is weird but how do you put a tampon in and does it hurt. I NEED TO KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks



Hey girl, Check out this page. Hope it helps! xo Annemarie

by soccergirl448 on 12/4/2008 5:12:17 PM


can u shower with a tampon in?

Yeah Girl, *Cara T* 

by alyssa11 on 11/23/2008 2:43:15 PM


u dont have 2 change it every 4 hours, the box sez every 8. i change it about every 6, right in the middle

by HotCocoa13 on 11/20/2008 5:40:22 PM


how rare is it? what if you get distracted and leave them in for like 6 hours?

by Gothgirl13 on 11/16/2008 3:12:10 PM


mod i use tampons and sometimes forget to take them out. how do i know if i get tss? i dont think i have it it deadly?


yes, tss is potentially deadly. You don't have it. You would be really sick with a high fever and other symptoms. Smile L

by werphless on 11/15/2008 12:04:02 AM


In girl scouts well our troop was at the lock-in my BFF got her period. She can't use tampons until she moves out (I know strict rents) so she had to miss out on swimming. When peeps asked her why she wasn't swimming she told them she forgot her swim suit. She said she was lucky cause some people bring extra suits. Also, some people thought it was stupid of her to forget her swimsuit.


If you have your period and are at an event like that, what do you tell people when they ask why you can't swim if you don't what to tell them about your period?

by Ash95 on 11/3/2008 11:12:18 PM


Wow, This helps a lot!

by Ash95 on 11/3/2008 11:06:16 PM


i want to start using tampons but im too scared of the dieses and dont know how to put it in. and its too awkward to ask my mom! help me too!

by katieeeee on 10/26/2008 7:07:03 PM


dude i'm in high school and i still don't use tampons. they seem really awkward.

by music=life <3 on 10/25/2008 12:15:10 PM


is it ok that i leave a tampon in for a few hours after my period stops?(sometimes i dont know right away if it has or not)

by Vball96 on 10/19/2008 5:12:21 PM


Is it weird that I don't wear a tampon or not?


No babes, its  a matter of personal preference, it will make things awkward when you want to go swimming though. xo JANA

by angel365 on 10/16/2008 7:42:28 AM


this is really scary i dont wanna get this eva!!

by angel365 on 10/16/2008 7:41:39 AM


For the MOD
Hey! Why do they call it Toxic SHOCK Sydrome? Does it shock you or something? I know it's a stupid question, but i'm just curious!



Check this out, see if it helps you understand.


by stay beautiful on 8/29/2008 8:29:59 PM


GeM&C why don't u try frozen yogurt trust me it tastes really good especially vanilla hope it helps Smile

by elephants123 on 8/21/2008 11:11:17 PM


one time my friend had started hers for the first time and she liked freaked out and asked me to carry them for her, so i carried it under my dress, and it dropped! i was so embarressed!

by hilarykinz on 8/21/2008 8:28:16 PM


I have a HA-YUGE ice cream craving on the heaviest day of my period. Like once, I had 4 full servings of ice cream!!!!! With sprinkles,too! I've tried to eat an apple instead, but it just makes me want to eat ice cream more for some reason! I get too tempted and I can't resist. I'm already overweight and this is not helping my diet. Please help me!!!!!!!!

by GeM&C on 8/19/2008 11:39:14 PM



by sugar_spice on 8/16/2008 2:57:17 PM


I'm afraid to use them. Ack! I just started...

by kat107 on 8/15/2008 10:08:25 PM


im easy i use the lightest one, and i can still use one with less absorbency

by bubbly_bubbles_in_bubble_land on 8/15/2008 10:00:32 PM



also, can changing a tampon too much cause TSS?

by missyrissy on 8/14/2008 9:56:09 PM



when it says symptoms of tss include a rash, where would that rash be?

by missyrissy on 8/14/2008 9:54:00 PM


i read about this disease on my tampon box and got really scared because i wore a super-plus absorbent one to bed once when my period was really heavy =/ i'm ok though so its all gooood ..

by fall back into my life ♥ on 8/14/2008 2:23:43 PM


i got really scared one time becuz i forgot to take my tampon out before i went to bed so it was in for 18 hours. not good. but that was a while ago and i'm okay.

by hey_girl_heyy on 8/12/2008 4:10:02 PM

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