Beware of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). Tampons create a favorable environment for bacterial growth. Micro-tears in the vaginal wall from tampons allow bacteria to accumulate. One infamous risk is TSS, caused either by poisonous toxins from Staphylococcus aureus (staph) or group A streptococcus (strep) bacteria. TSS is a life-threatening condition, so symptom recognition is crucial. Should any of the following symptoms occur during your tampon use, seek medical help immediately:
Sudden high fever
Low blood pressure
Rash on palms or soles of feet
Redness of your eyes, mouth and/or throat
To minimize your risk of this potentially life-threatening condition:
Avoid super absorbent tampons — choose the lowest absorbency rate to handle your flow.
Never leave a tampon inserted overnight; use overnight pads instead.
When inserting a tampon, be extremely careful not to scratch your vaginal lining (avoid plastic applicators).
Alternate the use of tampons with sanitary napkins or mini-pads during your period.