Can you use a tampon with an IUD?

If you are new to tampons or IUDs you may be wondering if you can use a tampon with an IUD? They both go into your vagina, right? Right! However, your IUD ends up in your uterus while your tampon stays in your vagina. 

Is it safe to use a tampon with an IUD? 

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) says “Yes, you can use a tampon if you have an IUD (intrauterine device). When the IUD is placed, it is guided through your vagina and cervix and then into the uterus. The IUD stays in the uterus - not in the vagina, where a tampon is used.”


If you’ve never had an IUD before you might have heard some stories from others that don’t necessarily bring peace of mind. They can fall out (called expulsion, which is very rare) or move.


While these things can happen, it's not considered the norm for all IUDs. If you ever have any questions or concerns about your IUD placement, speak with a medical professional to see if you need to get assessed.


“If you ever have any questions or concerns about your IUD placement, speak with a medical professional to see if you need to get assessed.”

“After waiting the appropriate amount of time (usually 24-48 hours), tampons are completely fine to use.”

Can I use a tampon right after I get an IUD?

Medical professionals recommend not using tampons or inserting anything into the vagina immediately following the insertion of an IUD because there is a very small chance it could displace the IUD. However, after waiting the appropriate amount of time (usually 24-48 hours), tampons are completely fine to use. Always consult your medical professional inserting your IUD on what they recommend. 

Can a tampon pull out my IUD? 

With your IUD being placed through your vagina you might wonder if anything else placed in your vagina will be able to pull it out or move it.


Dr. Alyse Kelly-Jones, the founding provider of Novant Health Women’s Sexual Health & Wellness answers the question of whether or not a tampon or sex should pull your IUD out. She says “It really requires grabbing the string with something. You have to use a special device to remove it. And it’s slippery. It’s a common concern but it’s very uncommon for the IUD to be unintentionally displaced.”


“With your IUD being placed through your vagina you might wonder if anything else placed in your vagina will be able to pull it out or move it.”

“Due to the placement of your IUD within the safety of your uterus”

Can a tampon hit your IUD? ?

Due to the placement of your IUD within the safety of your uterus, your tampon will not be able to interfere with your IUD. Your provider may cut your IUD strings shorter if you plan on using tampons to make sure they won’t get in the way of your tampon.

The Bottom Line

It is completely safe to use tampons while you have an IUD inserted. Make sure that you follow advice and directions from your medical professional about how long to wait after insertion to use a tampon. Once you’ve waited the appropriate amount of time, don’t worry about using tampons. Having an IUD for the first time can come with a lot of questions but the use of tampons with an IUD is as safe as it is without an IUD. As long as you are using your tampons correctly and you don’t have any unusual or irregular symptoms, tampon use is as effective as before an IUD. If you ever have any concerns, please reach out to your Dr. 


“If you ever have any concerns, please reach out to your Dr. ”



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