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What is TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome)?

Toxic shock syndrome is a rare, life-threatening complication of bacterial infection. It has been historically associated with the use of tampons and occasionally with the use of contraceptive sponges

In the early 1980s, it was determined that TSS was due to the higher absorbency tampons introduced in the late 1970s. The recommendations on tampon packages were suggesting that they were suitable for overnight use. It’s important to change your tampon every four to six hours to avoid upsetting your vagina’s natural balance and risking TSS. Menstrual pads are highly recommended for night time use.

To decrease your chances of contracting TSS, be sure to follow package instructions for insertion and use, choose the right absorbency level, choose cotton or cloth – not rayon, and change your tampon at least every 4 to 6 hours. Try alternating between menstrual pads and tampons whenever possible, and don’t use them overnight.

Although TSS is rare today, improper tampon use can still occur, not only dangerous but potentially fatal in extreme cases.

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