Is It Normal to Feel Like Your Tampon Is Falling Out?

Find out what causes this unpleasant situation (and how to deal with it).

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You already went through the awkward and frustrating experience of learning how to insert a tampon once. You thought you had mastered the art of tampon insertion, yet it feels like your tampon is always one sneeze away from just falling out. Is that normal?

Why does my tampon feel like it's falling out or slipping?

Tampons may became more slippery as it absorbs with blood. As a result, it might slip out of place or feel like it's falling out. It's not necessarily a problem, but it is a hint that it's probably time to change your tampon.

That makes sense, but what if your tampon feels like it’s about to escape and it hasn’t even been in that long? That may be normal, too: Your body, and especially your vagina, may go through drastic changes in adulthood. These changes might affect how your tampon fits and feels.

How might childbirth change your vagina?

A vaginal delivery can have a big impact on the size and shape of your vagina. It may feel like it has a different angle, or the vagina may seem larger. Many people find that their tampons seem to fit differently after childbirth.

One way childbirth may alter the vagina is known as pelvic organ prolapse, according to the American Urogynecologic Society. As the fetus develops in your uterus during pregnancy, it tends to stretch the pelvic floor. Your pelvic floor muscles are like a hammock that holds up all your pelvic organs, including the:

  • Vagina
  • Cervix
  • Uterus
  • Bladder
  • Intestines

The pressure placed on all those internal organs during pregnancy and childbirth can cause a drop, or prolapse, of the organs. First of all, this may affect your tampon fit and positioning, so it might feel like it's falling out. It can also lead to stress incontinence (a leaky bladder) or feeling like you can’t fully empty your bladder when you go.

What are tips for using tampons after childbirth?

After childbirth, it might help to:

  • Place the tampon deeper into the vagina
  • Angle the tampon differently
  • Use a different size of tampon

For mild vaginal changes after childbirth, you can strengthen up your pelvic floor again with some good, old-fashioned Kegel exercises. Learn more about the right way to do a Kegel and lifestyle tweaks for incontinence here.