Snooki May Have Left a Tampon in for Days but What's the Big Deal?

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snooki tamponsSnooki's ex-boyfriend Jeff Miranda is laying some super-gross accusations against her on a popular website. She's dirty and mean, for starters. But worst of all, and deserving of three exclamation points, is the revelation that Snooki has been known to extend the use of a tampon for an extraordinarily long time.

My ex gf the snookster doesnt believe in showers and likes to wear the same cloth for days. While we were together during the filming of jersey shore season 3, she barely changed her underwear. And left the same tampon in for days!!!

Dude. DUDE!!! I do not believe you!!! At all!!! How would he even know this? Was she in the habit of inviting him to watch every time she changed her feminine hygiene products? No, of course not. He's just being a jerk and trying to come up with the most ridiculous, made-up slander his filthy, feeble little mind can come up with. But guess what? Been there, done that! I left a tampon in for days!!! and lived. Let me explain.

When I first came to New York City as a starry-eyed young graduate student, I was just a little bit distracted. I was trying new foods, reading new books, meeting new people, jogging through Central Park without getting raped, riding the subway without getting mugged -- let's just say I had a lot on my mind. So when the end of my period came along that autumn (OMG, the leaves, so beautiful, LOOK AT THEM!), I plum forgot to remove that last tampon. Seriously. I forgot that it was there.

I did not get Toxic Shock Syndrome. I did get an infection, though. And that's how I found out about Little Miss Left-Behind. It had been there for about a week or so. I'll spare you the rest of the details, but it was actually a relief for me to find out that I wasn't dying of TSS. Awesome! Maybe I should just leave one in every month! Just kidding -- I never fucking made that mistake ever, ever again.

But you should know that reports of tampon-related Toxic Shock Syndrome have been greatly exaggerated. There was an epidemic in the 1980s, and since then tampon production has gotten safer and the rates have gone way down (one or two cases out of 100,000 women, as of 1987). It isn't caused by tampons. It's just that if certain bacterial toxins happen to get on your tampon, the longer you keep it in, the longer you're exposing yourself, and the longer the bacteria has to multiply in that nice, warm, squishy environment. And you can get TSS from other things like contraception and surgery.

So it's not like we can all relax now and just leave tampons in for days!!! Still, be careful with whatever you shove up your lovebox. If you do happen to leave a tampon in for kind of a long time, don't panic. Just take it out, check to see if you have a high fever or other dramatic symptoms you would definitely notice anyway, and then if you don't, you can go on with your life. Your busy, distracting, crazy life.

Have you ever accidentally left a tampon in for too long?

 

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dirti... dirtiekittie

i've never once left a tampon in for 'days' and forgotten about it. not even the light kind! i believe that for some ladies it could happen, but it boggles my mind that anyone could ever forget such a thing. (then again, i would imagine that the characteristics of your monthly visitor have a LOT to do with this as well. and let's not get into those details, please lol)

NatAndCo NatAndCo

I don't know what else to say to this article besides..."eewww".

kelti... kelticmom

I don't believe that story for a second. First of all, I don't know about you, but when I have a tampon in and use the restroom, the act of using your pelvic muscles to go, dislodges the tampon a little and makes it uncomfortable. And I know this is tmi, but the string gets wet when you pee, which you would notice. I think this is made up nonsense to get that boy his 5 minutes of "fame" riding on her coat tails.

Trina... Trina.mhmm

I think this is beleiveable and gross. I have never ever forgotten a tampon. But I do know of some nasty girls that have and do not shower, wear the same panties ect. I think its gross. I understand a day with out a shower, a day with a tampon for light bleeders... But anything after that is just not hygenic. There are girls that are dont shower or change clothes! Uhg

nonmember avatar CrystalMP

I'm a strong believer in staying on top of things like that, I mean its your reproductive health at risk here. I rarely use those but when I do its every four hours for me regardless....

douxm... douxmusique

Yeah I've done that, I forgot one was in and I was putting new ones in.... Not easily and I could figure out why.... Until like two days later I pulled two out. It isn't something I've done more than once but it happened. And I was traumatized.

jkm89 jkm89

Kelticmom, I was thinking the same thing! How did you pee all those times and not notice it was there?! This is just mind-boggling to me, lol!!

SuzyB... SuzyBarno

I have done this. At the end of my period with a lite tampon and the string had kinda gotten tucked up in there and thus I forgot. I also have 2 small children who think bathroom visits are like birthday parties. I felt it like 3 days later and was so disgusted with myself! Will never do that again. Must grow out of my mommy mush brain!!! Lol!

nonmember avatar Takara

I have to agree with Kelticmom. Like seriously who the hell forgets or doesn't feel the damn tampon up there? That's the most retarded disgusting thing I've ever heard. I'm sure there would be a smell too if it's been in there for days! Gross

tyrel... tyrelsmom

I forgot one for several hours once, it ended up being in a little over 12 hours, but that was my worst.

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