Take a sigh of relief because, yes! You can pee with a tampon in. It won’t soak up in pee or hinder the flow of urine when it’s inside your body.
Let’s accept it! Tampons are a great alternative to sanitary pads. It also lets you enjoy sports and go about your daily activities without any fuss.
But there are obvious concerns regarding peeing with a tampon in, and about the tampon string. Let’s clear all of that today!
Can You Pee With A Tampon In? Here’s The Answer!
Yes! You should be able to pee with a tampon in without it getting soaked in urine. In fact, you should be able to carry on with all your daily activities! Be it peeing or pooping, your tampon will not come into contact with any of these discharges, thanks to the human anatomy!
To make things clearer, here’s a quick recap of a female’s external anatomy-
Your external genitalia(1) has three openings – the urethra, vagina, and anus.
- Urethra: The urethra is the first opening at the top, from where the urine flows out of the body.
- Vagina: Then there is the vagina, through which period blood is shed.
- Anus: And finally, you have the anus, which facilitates the removal of intestinal waste (casually known as poop!).
As you can see, our bodies have multiple openings for different purposes. It means that even if you have a tampon inside your vagina, there is no way it will come into contact with urine when you pee.
But what about the string? That’s next in line!
Addressing The Tampon String: Keeping It Clean
As you know, a tampon always comes with a string to facilitate its removal. It hangs outside the vagina while the tampon stays in place to do its job.
And yes, there is a fair chance of the string getting wet while you pee. But there are ways to make sure it remains dry.
- Hold the string sideways, away from the stream of urine, to ensure it doesn’t get wet.
- If the string does get wet by chance, use a tissue to soak up the wetness so it dries up quickly.
- You can choose to remove the tampon before you pee and insert a new one after you’re done.
The third method works best if you hit the bathroom every 4-5 hours. But if you’re someone who needs to pee every hour or so, changing often can be quite cumbersome. It will also be a costly affair.
So, unless you’re a cleanliness freak, you will be better off with the first and second methods.
Hold the tampon string out of the way while peeing; wipe yourself from front to back when you’re done.
Can You Also Poop With A Tampon In?
Again, our answer is a positive yes! You can poop even when you’re wearing a tampon, because your poop comes out of your anus while your tampon remains untouched inside your vagina.
However, with pooping, there is a chance of the tampon falling off the vagina while you’re on the toilet. It typically happens when you’re straining yourself too much to get things moving. Since the rectum and vagina are side by side, the pressure can dislodge the tampon and cause it to slip out.
The best way to ensure this problem doesn’t arise is to remove the tampon before you poop.
Is It Sanitary To Pee With A Tampon In?
Peeing or pooping with a tampon does not increase your chances of developing a urinary tract infection (UTI). But if you fail to hold the tampon string out of the way and it gets smeared with urine or poop, you may be at risk of developing bacterial vaginosis.
To give you an idea, bacterial vaginosis can cause
- Vaginal itching
- Bad vaginal odor
- Gray or green vaginal discharge(3)
- A burning sensation while urinating.
So, just take care of the string and wipe yourself from front to back when you’re done. You will be all set!
How To Insert A Tampon? The Right Way!
Inserting a tampon for the first time may seem intimidating. But once you get the hang of it, you will soon become a pro!
Here are the steps to follow for inserting a tampon:
Step 1: Wash your hands with soap and water so germs don’t enter your vagina.
Step 2: Hold the tampon (with or without an applicator) in your dominant hand.
Step 3: Squat a little or sit on the toilet. Find a position that is most comfortable for you for insertion.
Step 4: Insert the tip of the applicator, push the plunger to release the tampon inside your vagina, and pull the applicator out. If you’re using a tampon without an applicator, use your finger to gently push the tampon all the way up until you feel the tampon in a secure position.
Step 5: Throw away the applicator if you have used one. Rewash your hands, and you’re done!
For more detailed instructions and tips, check out our article on how to insert a tampon.
Why Does It Hurt To Pee With A Tampon In?
Experiencing pain or discomfort while urinating, especially when you have a tampon in, can be due to the following reasons:
- Poor Tampon Positioning: If your tampon is not deep into the vagina, it can press against the urethra, causing pain while you’re in a seated position for peeing.
- Infection: If you have a vaginal infection or a UTI that you’re unaware of and continue using a tampon, you may feel pain, stinging, or discomfort while you’re peeing.
- Dryness: Tampons have the tendency to absorb fluids. When there’s not enough menstrual blood, your tampon will likely absorb the moisture inside your vagina, leading to dryness and irritation. This may cause you some discomfort when urinating.
- Sensitivity: Tampons may not work well for everyone. Women with sensitive vaginas may feel more discomfort than others who have no trouble wearing them. If you are not comfortable with a tampon on or it hurts while peeing, it’s better to switch to menstrual cups or pads for the time being.
Tips for Pain-free Tampon Use
For those of you who persistently feel discomfort and pain when you pee with your tampon on, here are a few things you can do:
- Check if you have inserted your tampon properly and if it is placed deep inside your vagina.
- Try another tampon with lower absorbency or thickness so it does not soak up your natural vaginal moisture and cause irritation and dryness.
- Use a clean tampon every single time and wash your hands well before insertion to maintain high level of hygiene.
- Drink lots of water to keep your urinary tract healthy and ensure your urine output is not very concentrated. Concentrated urine can sometimes give you a burning sensation and cause discomfort.
After trying all these techniques, if the problem still persists, you shouldn’t wait any longer to discuss this issue with your gynecologist. They can check if there is any underlying issue causing the pain or if it is just because of the tampon. Whatever it is, listen to your doctor’s advice, and you’ll soon feel better!
Yes, it is absolutely fine to pee with your tampon in. You don’t need to worry about removing it at all!
Inserting a tampon in the urethra is just not possible because it has a very small opening that won’t let your tampon slide inside. If you’re pushing too hard, you’ll know it immediately.
You can pee as many times as you want while you have a tampon in because it remains in your vagina and has nothing to do with how often you pee through your urethra.
The action or force of pulling a tampon out may sometimes nudge your bladder to release a small amount of urine, especially when you’ve been holding off going to the bathroom for a long time.
It is usually the result of incorrect placement. Try to adjust the tampon and place it correctly. Or, you can use a tampon with a different absorbency to alleviate the pressure and free you of the unwanted feeling.
No, you don’t have to take out the tampon while peeing.
This happens because the tampon is not pushed high enough into the vagina. Insert the applicator or the tampon at an angle pointing toward your lower back or the rectum.
So, ladies! The mystery behind “Can you pee with a tampon?” has finally been solved! Now you know that, yes, you can, and there is no harm in peeing with a tampon inside your body. We hope this clarification has flushed away all your doubts related to tampon use and bathroom rituals.
Here’s to your newfound confidence. Cheers!