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figgie
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So I got a little overzealous (sp?) while masturbating and tore something down there. I was bleeding for a little while but then I think I got my period in the same day. I think it is my period because it is a brown color like how my period usually is rather than the bright blood than I experienced when I first tore. My question is, I really hate using pads so is it ok if I use a tampon for my period even if i have a vaginal tear? Like am I going to get TSS or something from some weird vaginal bacteria getting into my bloodstream? And while I'm here, is it ok that my period is a brown color? Its usually like this when I'm on BC like I am now and I'm not sure if this is a bad thing or not. Thanks for the help!!
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TSS is really about bacteria that can form due to tampons being left in for too long.

So, if it feels fine for you to use a tampon -- in other words, it isn't uncomfortable with any vaginal injury you may have -- then it should be fine for you to do.

Menstrual flow can be red, pink, brown or any hue in that range. Having it be brown or brownish doesn't suggest a problem.

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Thanks a million! So glad I can use tampons again, using pads has been killing me [Smile]
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