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Tampon uncomfortable after birth

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PebbleTTC Tue 16-Feb-16 01:26:14

Hi I had my baby almost 7 months ago and got my first period this week. Iv always used tampons but now it just feels very uncomfortable, almost like I can feel them or it doesn't fit right. Has anyone else had this problem?

insertwittyusernamehereplease Tue 16-Feb-16 04:20:32


I found them uncomfortable after my first, but persevered for nearly 5 years. After the birth of my second 6 months ago, I bought a diva cup. Way more comfortable, I don't know it's there most of the time. I think the bulk and dryness of tampons bothered me. I'll never go back to them now.

BettyBi0 Tue 16-Feb-16 05:09:13

I had probs using tampons when my periods finally returned after DC1. C-section birth so I couldn't work out why. Then I went for a smear test and it was so crazy painful the nurse couldn't take a sample. She explained that some women get vaginal atrophy from the hormone changes (? Low estrogen?) of extended breastfeeding. BTW this was almost 1 year post birth which I wouldn't class as 'extended' anything. Anyhoo... Yeah, vaginal atrophy here... Joy!

Quodlibet Tue 16-Feb-16 05:14:50

I can't use applicator tampons anymore - they go all long and I can feel them at the entrance end of my vagina. Non-applicator are more comfortable as they expand width-wise - but I'd also recommend a menstrual cup.

jobrum Tue 16-Feb-16 05:17:51

One year after here and still struggle with tampons. I do have little bits of scar tissue inside which I think is probably to blame. Am also still bfing. Just looked up vaginal atrophy, that has cheered me up then!

PebbleTTC Tue 16-Feb-16 06:24:38

Thanks for the replies! I'm glad it's not just me!

cedricsneer Tue 16-Feb-16 08:52:16

Yup, me too. Sex and tampons very painful for 2 years after dc3 (bf for 2 years). All fine now that all hormones have subsided.

unimaginativename13 Tue 16-Feb-16 11:43:47

Mine just fall out hmm

PebbleTTC Tue 16-Feb-16 12:03:27

Can't believe Iv not heard about this from friends or seen online! Do people not talk about it or are we just in the minority?

whatevva Tue 16-Feb-16 12:07:57

Mine used to fall out. It got better after a couple of years of pelvic floors, but I used to have to take them out after about 3 hours because they were not comfortable. I have had a posterior repair that included a perineal rebuild and they stay in now. grin

hollinhurst84 Tue 16-Feb-16 17:40:39

Stupid question but have you tried a different brand? Tampax are horrendously uncomfy for me but I use liilets applicator ones and they're fine. Tampax seem to expand lengthways

PebbleTTC Tue 16-Feb-16 17:46:27

No I didn't think to try a different brand! I was going to pop down to boots when small fella goes to sleep and buy mooncup but maybe I should try the liilets

Wolfiefan Tue 16-Feb-16 17:49:30

I can't use Tampax. Ever since I had my first nearly 13 years ago. I can feel them.
So now I have to try and find non bloody stinking pads. Grrrrrr.

hollinhurst84 Tue 16-Feb-16 17:53:09

I can and do use a mooncup too but find the liilets applicator ones really comfy

slebmum1 Tue 16-Feb-16 18:25:15

I can rise them anymore either. Lilets non applicator are ok if I have to buy can't use tampax. I have no idea why - had an emcs!

FatimaLovesBread Tue 16-Feb-16 18:31:01

I also can't use tampax anymore as I can feel them like they're going to fall out. I find Lillet with applicators much better

Lightbulbon Tue 16-Feb-16 18:31:42

Try a moon cup

Quodlibet Tue 16-Feb-16 20:33:29

^^ that's at least 5 of us complaining of Tampax expanding lengthways and ending up uncomfortable. So maybe it's the product that's at fault, not our fannies!

TheFairyCaravan Tue 16-Feb-16 20:37:10

I'm another that can't use Tampax since I had my children. They end up lengthways on me, too. Lil lets are fine, though.

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