I Accidentally Had Two Tampons In. What Should I Do?

(Photo: Sporrer/Rupp/Getty Images/Cultura RF) By Susan Rinkunas I took out my tampon only to discover I had a second one in the whole time. Am I going to get TSS now? First, take a deep breath. Yes, it's disturbing to realize you've been harboring a forgotten guest, but it's not as unhealthy as you might think. Depending on how often you change them, it's possible that your tampon has only been in there for a couple of hours. And even if you know for sure that you've exceeded the eight hours recommended on the box, accidentally wearing one for longer than that doesn't automatically mean you're going to get toxic shock syndrome, or TSS. Related: Researchers Are Testing a Vaccine for Toxic Shock Syndrome That's because people need certain strains of staph or strep bacteria either in or on their bodies in order to be at risk of developing this very rare bacterial infection, says Nichole Tyson, MD, OB/GYN and pediatric-adolescent gynecologist at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California. Dr. Tyson says there are lots of women who've had a tampon in for weeks without realizing it -- until they see their gyno about discharge or because something doesn't feel right, and then she finds the culprit. "We've got a lot of testimony of thousands and thousands of cases of retained tampons, as we call them, without any toxic shock," she says. "We want you to not use a tampon for super long because it could put you at higher risk for toxic shock, but just because it's in...
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