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15 Tampon Horror Stories That Will Seriously Freak You Out

Sigh… it's the time of the month. Again. Cramps, headaches, and the need to ask your best girlfriend, "Uh… do you have a tampon?"

To make you feel a little bit better about your period, here's a list of tampon horror stories. Because trust us, there are a lot of ways wearing a tampon can go wrong: from the occasional lost and forgotten tampon, to ones that were used weapons, to crazy toxic shock syndrome tales that make it seem as tampons were created to destroy us from the inside out. These horrors have happened to numerous women, even famous pop-stars and models. In an a surprising twist, some have happened to people who aren't women (like members of boy bands and unlucky little brothers). But hey, at least they haven't happened to you, right?

The first tampons (as we think of them now) were created in the 18th century. But there's evidence that Egyptian women used papyrus ebers during their monthly visits from Aunt Flow in ancient times. Though some of these horror stories probably wouldn't happen to Cleopatra (like being known as "The Girl That Ate Her Tampon") chances are periods were just as annoying then as they are now.

If you're a girl, chances are you've experienced some of these moments. This list might make you cringe in disgust, cry with empathy, or laugh in camaraderie. We've all been there. And if you haven't personally experienced all of these moments, don't worry, chances are you will. Well, we hope not, for your sake.

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    It's A "Common Thing" For Tampons To Get Lost

    A girl noticed that things weren't "smelling so fresh" down there and booked it in to see her doctor. After relaying her symptoms: bad smell, odd spotting after sex, and not feeling 100% well, she laid down on the table. The doctor took a quick look and immediately discovered the problem: the girl had a tampon stuck inside her. Horrified, the girl shouted, "What's wrong with me?" The doctor chuckled and responded that it's a common thing. 

    Are you freaked out?
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    Tampon Fell Out During Basketball Game

    During a girl's annual intramural basketball game, in which she was only one of two girls on her team, one unlucky lady noticed that her tampon fell out. Not realizing what it was, one of her teammates yelled out, "dead mouse." Thinking fast, the girl fell on it, scooped it up, and ran to the bathroom. The team was disqualified, but it was a lot better than having to admit to six boys that her tampon fell out onto the gym floor during the game. 

    Are you freaked out?
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    Date Immediately Regrets Pulling Tampon String

    During a romantic walk on a beach, two summer lovers came across a large piece of driftwood. As the boy helped the girl step across the obstruction he squinted down at the girl's shorts. "Hang on, you have a really long string…" he uttered. Before she could stop him he reached forward and pulled out her tampon. Realizing what he'd done, the horrified boy threw the tampon into the ocean and then scrubbed his hands with sand and surf.

    Are you freaked out?
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    Visible Tampon String Leads To Pool Shaming

    Just seconds after she jumped off a diving board the lifeguard blew his whistle and called the girl over to him. She was super excited because the lifeguard was really cute. Imagine just how mortified she was when he told her that her tampon string was hanging out of her suit.  

    Are you freaked out?