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Question: Tampon left in >2 weeks

 sksmuramba - Wed Nov 11, 2009 8:32 am

Am embarassed to say that I just discovered a tampon even though my period ended 2.5-3 weeks ago. It was not high/super absorbency. I have a history of right lower quadrant pain from the middle of the month through the start of my period. It goes away when on the Pill. Not currently on the Pill. Have been having bad RLQ pain this month, and now have discovered the tampon. Not having fevers. Can a tampon cause PID?
 Debbie Miller, RN - Fri Nov 27, 2009 5:18 pm

User avatar Hello
A retained tampon can result in infection but you would most likely experience a foul odor and fever if you did get one. Just having the tampon there does not mean it will become infected. The fact you are not symptomatic suggests no infection has occurred. Don't worry.

Best wishes.

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