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I’m nervous about using a tampon, what if it gets lost?

No worries, a tampon cannot get lost in your body. The vagina is only about three to four inches deep, so it won’t “disappear” into your body. However, it can get lodged near the top of the vagina (near the cervix) making it hard to reach. The good news is that it won’t go anywhere and it will remain there until you find it.

When a tampon has gone astray, it’s best to try to relax, it will make it easier for you to retrieve. Once you’re relaxed, try using your (clean and trimmed) fingers to find the string or the tampon and pull it out. If you’re not able to find it, you could try asking a partner or a (close) friend. If you cannot find it yourself or can’t find someone who can help, your best bet is to see your health care provider. There’s no need to be embarrassed. Just explain the situation and tell her/him that you are concerned about not being able to locate the tampon.

Whether your tampon is “stuck” or just doing what is supposed to do, you shouldn’t leave a tampon in more than 8 hours. If a tampon is left in for too long, you run the risk of toxic shock syndrome (TSS.) Toxic shock syndrome is a rare, but life-threatening, infection often caused by Staphylococcus aureus (staph) bacteria. Using the super plus absorbency tampons may also increase the risk of developing TSS. Symptoms of the infection include a sudden high fever, vomiting, diarrhea, fainting, dizziness, or a sunburn-like rash. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately. To minimize the risk of TSS in the future, wash your hands before inserting a tampon, change your tampon every four to six hours (especially on heavy flow days), and use the lowest absorbency tampon possible with your menstrual flow.

So no worries about losing your tampon in your vagina, it is not a never-ending canal! But do remember to change your tampon every 4-6 hours, 8 hours max.

Is my penis size normal?

Just about every guy wonders how he “measures up” at one time or another. Here’s the deal… There’s a fairly wide range of normal penis sizes, just as there is for every other body part. Penises come in different sizes, shapes, and colors. These traits are hereditary, like eye color or foot size, and there’s nothing you can do to change them. Despite what you may hear or read, no special exercises, supplements, or diets will speed up the development process or change a guy’s penis size.

And just like other parts of the body, how a penis appears at different stages of a guy’s life varies quite a bit. You wouldn’t expect someone who is 11 years old to look the same as someone who’s 19. Guys develop at different times. Some may start developing as early as 9. Others may not start developing until 15 or even later. The age at which a guy starts to grow varies from person to person. It all depends on when he enters puberty and his hormones start doing their thing.

Does my penis look normal?

In addition to size, guys also wonder about other aspects of how their penises look, such as whether the skin covering the penis is normal or if it’s OK for a guy’s penis to hang to the left or right (it is!). If you’re concerned about how your penis looks, ask your doctor. Guys who are reaching puberty should have regular testicular exams, so that’s a good time to ask your doctor any questions. There are many healthcare providers near you, just follow this link…

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