It’s the stuff that has haunted your nightmares since you got your first period; the idea of a tampon getting ‘lost’ inside you.
While it can’t actually get lost (it’s not like it can sneak into some other part of your anatomy), being unable to see or locate it does happen. And it most certainly happened to Alexia LaFata.
After leaving in her tampon overnight and fooling around with a guy, LaFata tried to remove it the following morning. There was one problem; she couldn’t find it.
At first she remained calm, telling herself she was silly for assuming it could’ve gone somewhere.
“I furrowed my brows, confused. I got up and perched one foot on the rim of the toilet and the other on the floor. Inhaling sharply, I stuck two fingers in, scrunching my face and looking up at the ceiling deep in concentration. Again, I didn’t feel a string,” she wrote for Elite Daily. (Watch: What really happens when a tampon gets lost. Post continues after video.)
After calling in her pre-med student roommate Chantal in a panic, LaFata realised there were two options: it was lost and stuck somewhere inside her which meant she was now at risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome. Or it had fallen out and was hiding among the guy’s sheets. She couldn’t decide which was worse.
Eventually seeing no other option, the pair headed to the emergency room.
LaFata then received a phone call from her mum who was meant to be coming to visit for the day. After telling her what happened through "gritted teeth", Mrs LaFata was on her way to the hospital, too.
When she was finally able to see the doctor, she recounted the incident to him and her mother.