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i'm 17 and i've been using pads for as long as i can remember. Today i tried to use tampons for the first time so i chose a slim one. When i put it in, it felt painful but not unbareble, i could only get the tampon most of the way in so i stopped and took it out. Straight after that i had to sit down because i felt like i was going to through up. Then i started shaking and went cold, suddenly the room went out of focus and there was a really loud ringing in my ears. Next thing i new i was on the bathroom floor trying to get my head up, as soon as i did it smashed back down onto the floor and i passed out again. I've felt sick for the rest of the day and still do.
I was wondering if it's anything to worry about or weather this means i cant use them.
Something like this has never happened to me before so theres no doubt in my mind it was due to trying to use them.
If you could tell me anything i'd really appritchate it.
Thanks =)

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Honestly, I'd check in with your doc, because it could be that the symptoms you experienced were totally unrelated to tampon insertion.

Might also be just that you felt nervous, then experienced pain and you shocked your system with both those things a bit.

But tampon insertion by itself isn't going to cause those symptoms.

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I know were not suppose to repost on old messages because they might not get checked, but I felt I should post this.

Now I don't know what type of tampon you're using but with Playtex they give you a little book that tells you how to insert and take out the tampon. They also have a warning in that same book about 'Toxic Shock Syndrome' or TSS. They say that some warning signs are a sudden fever, vomiting, diarrhea, fainting or near fainting when standing up, dizziness or a rash that looks like a sunburn. They also say that if these signs or other signs of TSS appear to remove the tampon and to discontinue use. You should also visit you doctor immediately.

So Miz Scarlet was right for telling you to visit your doc, but tampon insertion can cause some of those symptoms.

It may be helpfull information for anyone that does use tampons, or for those that are going to.
If you do experience any of these, visit the doc because although it is a rare disease, it can cause death. The risks are higher to women under 30 yo and teenagers.

Sorry if I shouldnt have posted back on this old board, I just though I should let you know!

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FadingStar, it says right at the top that this section is for staff and volunteer replies only. Please abide by our forum rules.

And no, tampon insertion by itself will NOT do what you said. Toxic shock syndrome is associated with leaving tampons in too long--the accumulation of blood and that being in your system for so long causes it. Tampon insertion all by its lonesome will not do that, especially not literally a few minutes after it was put in.

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