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I went camping from last Saturday to Monday. My withdrawal bleed came on Saturday night (was prepared for this). I was using the campground bathroom on Sunday afternoon to change my tampon. I unwrapped the tampon and the applicator fell on the bathroom stall floor and I quickly picked it up (wasn't on the ground for even two seconds). I had no other supplies with me at that moment and I was by myself in the bathroom. I decided to put in the tampon using the applicator that had fallen. My period flow was heavy and I had to walk 5-10 minutes away to get back to my campsite, and that is why I decided to use the tampon. As soon as I got back, I took the tampon out (I felt weird about the situatuon after the fact) and decided to just use a pad.
My question is, am I in danger of getting an infection or disease since the tampon applicator (plastic applicator) fell on the bathroom floor? It sounds stupid, but just wondering about the possibility? Thanks!

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Robin Lee
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HI Ebaron1819,

It certainly is possible that the applicator picked up some dirt or bacteria which was then transferred to your vagina. The vagina is a pretty smart thing though, and has a pretty sophisticated self-cleansing system.

I would suggest that you observe yourself and that if you have any pain, irritation, or unusual discharge that lasts more than a day or two, that you get a health care professional to check things out.

If you don't experience anything unusual or uncomfortable, then you're more than likely fine. [Smile]


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Thank you, Robin. I haven't felt anything...just had my regular period from Sunday to Tuesday. Then it seemed like no period on Wednesday, but today, it seemed like I had the tail end of my period today with some brief cramping (brown blood that usually signifies the end of my period).
You don't think I could pick up anything like an STD or any serious virus, do you?

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Hi Ebaron, it'd be really, incredibly, HIGHLY unlikely for you get an STI from a bathroom floor -- they are, after all, sexually transmitted infections, so I'd say that probably isn't something you should worry about with this [Smile]
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