What if I forget about my tampon?
At first, using a tampon might seem like a big deal to a girl. But once you get
more comfortable with it, you might even forget you have one in.
But it can be a problem if you forget for too long. Tampons
should be changed every 4–6 hours. If not, bacteria
can grow and cause an infection. You also might notice an odor. Leaving a tampon in
too long also increases your risk of a serious illness called toxic shock syndrome.
If you do forget about your tampon, remove it as soon as possible. One common mistake
is to insert a new tampon without removing the old tampon. If that happens, remove
Toxic shock syndrome is rare, but be sure to tell a parent if you are feeling sick
and you recently left a tampon inserted for too long.
Date reviewed: January 2017