Should You Change Your Tampon After Every Restroom Trip?

Playing Do You Follow Best Tampon Etiquette?

The Doctors answer an important viewer question about whether it is necessary to change your tampon after each visit to the restroom.

OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry says you do not have to change it every time after urinating and explains in most instances a woman does not have to worry about getting a little urine on the string of the tampon.

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"It's not a big deal. It's just a string. You're not soaking up a bunch of urine with your tampon," Dr. Nita says.

But, there are guidelines when it comes to using a tampon, and Dr. Nita suggests the following:

  • Change it every 4 to 6 hours
  • Never leave in the same tampon longer than 8 hours
  • Use the lowest absorbency as possible

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She says following these 3 steps will help to decrease the probability of developing toxic shock syndrome, which is a rare but serious condition associated with bacterial toxins that can enter the bloodstream. This can occur as a result of blood sitting in the vagina for too long.

For women who are experiencing diarrhea, she does say that changing your tampon after using the bathroom might be a good idea.