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Why is my tampon not absorbing my blood?

(29 Posts)
mckenzie Tue 19-Jul-11 12:45:29

I came on last night. This morning I inserted a fresh tampon. Ive just been to the toilet and blood has leaked into my pants but the tampon itself is still white, hardly a scrap of blood on it. This has happened for the last couple of periods. Any ideas why? I'm using Tampax regular.
TIA.

AtYourCervix Tue 19-Jul-11 12:46:50

do you have 2 vaginas? (possible but v rare)

allegrageller Tue 19-Jul-11 12:47:33

i do'nt know at all but it sonds like you may need a bigger size tampon or (if you can deal with the idea) a mooncup which just catches blood and doesn't need to absorb it.

Marrow Tue 19-Jul-11 12:49:29

Have you left part of the plastic wrapper on? In the days I used tampons (converted mooncup user now!) I did this more than once blush

mamalovebird Tue 19-Jul-11 12:49:37

I get this for the first few days when my period is really heavy. Maybe it just doesn't have time to err, absorb. Maybe you need to up your tampon to a super or super plus. I have to use super plus for the first few days then downgrade to a regular towards the end of the week.

mckenzie Tue 19-Jul-11 12:51:41

Thanks for the replies. I'll try the larger for now but perhaps this will be the push I need towards the mooncup!

nbee84 Tue 19-Jul-11 12:54:32

It maybe that you have a slight prolapse - so your cervix sits lower in your vagina than your tampon when you insert it fully.

I would say you've either left a bit of the wrapper on or you need a larger size. I have to use super plus these days (Thanks DD2).

AuntieMonica Tue 19-Jul-11 13:27:59

i was going to name change for this, but put my brave hat on......

my cervix is off to the side slightly, if i insert a tampon 'straight' i get the same sort of problem. it's always been like this for me, even before having children (if i can remember that far back wink)
maybe have a rummage around and find out where exactly yours is, it may help.

the Gynae 'expert' who fitted my coil had a bit of a job too blush

ShatnersBassoon Tue 19-Jul-11 13:30:36

This happens to me when the flow is very heavy. It's like the blood gushes past the tampon without giving enough contact time for absorption. I too have to use the biggest tampons known to man, plus a sanitary towel when I know it's going to be Carrie At The Prom day blush

mckenzie Tue 19-Jul-11 14:40:17

Thanks for the extra replies. The flow is not heavy at all, it just seems to bf missing so the 'off centre' seems more likely. Im on holiday now but will do some research later. Thank you.

snicker Tue 19-Jul-11 14:43:52

This happens to me as I have a mild prolapse. I couldn't get away with a mooncup either due to prolapse. I use sea pearls/jam sponge or sometime lillets (as oppose to tampax).

mckenzie Thu 21-Jul-11 12:19:48

Thanks snicker, i think these little Tampax seem to be worse. I shall try the good old fashion Tampax if I can find them in the supermarket here as at the moment I'm just counting my lucky stars I'm very light and making do with constant trips to the toilet!

griphook Fri 22-Jul-11 22:55:08

get this aswell, often the tampon is completly clean, and yethave leaked. cervix tilts back so coul be that, Tampax do seem to be slightly better

fusspot66 Fri 22-Jul-11 23:08:07

You may want to check the instructions on the leaflet in Lillets, but I think you can fluff out/fan out the base of the tampon with the string before you use it on heavy days otherwise it doesn't have time to expand and cope with the flow. I haven't used them for a few years as I have a Mirena, which I love, so no periods.

WomanwiththeYellowHat Fri 22-Jul-11 23:10:50

I have always found this with Tampax - I use Lilets as they expand widthways and they are much better. I have always assumed I have an odd shaped vagina grin. And 2 c sections here so can't even blame my enormous children!

mckenzie Sat 23-Jul-11 10:47:18

Thanks for the extra replies. Thankfully my periods are really light so im making do while I'm on holiday but next month I shall try lillets instead.

kat2504 Mon 25-Jul-11 09:57:30

Lilets or other brand of non-applicator tampons are definitely better. I have been using them for years and very rarely have any leakage, unlike when I used applicator tampons. Hope you get on better with them!

2m0nkeys Thu 06-Jul-17 14:22:15

I thought it was just me!

FleeBee Thu 06-Jul-17 14:27:27

I had this tampons & mooncup id leak but the mooncup would only have collected a small amount & definitely not be full. I ended up wearing pads as well.
In the end I just used pads & I change them frequently as the tampons / mooncup seemed so ineffective. I can never understand how everyone raved about them & I was having problems!

steppemum Thu 06-Jul-17 14:28:42

I find this with applicator tampons, they don't seem to expand sideways so much and the flow goes past.

non applicator seem to work better.

Also go up a size

demirose87 Thu 06-Jul-17 14:34:51

I've never used tampons, haven't tried since I couldn't get one in at 13. And my sister put me off leaving one in for a week by accidentconfused

wrinkleseverywhere Thu 06-Jul-17 14:37:58

This is fascinating. I have always had this issue. Tried different sizes but that didn't help and they were uncomfortable. I will try Liletts. MN is brilliant!

steppemum Thu 06-Jul-17 14:39:14

I used to swear by lilets. Nowadays I find that supermarket versions are as good

3boys3dogshelp Thu 06-Jul-17 14:42:27

Lillets! I had this problem with tampax too.

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