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Monday, August 24, 2015

5 Things Every Black Woman Should Know About Tampon Use and TSS

Black woman with TSS

TSS stands for Toxic Shock Syndrome, and it can be caused by improper use of tampons, triggering deadly Staph or Strep bacteria. But what is meant by "improper" use of tampons?

Tampon caution

Tampons caught on quickly with women because they offered more freedom and ease in use of protection during their menstrual cycle. Then the market introduced a super-absorbent tampon. Seemed like a good idea because women would not have to change tampons as often. However, the super-absorbent tampons were removed from the market because they were found to cause infections with Staph or Strep bacteria, a potentially deadly condition.

However, other improper uses of tampons can still cause urinary tract infections. Here are 5 ways you can help prevent this.
  1. Change tampons often - even though they are convenient and effective, tampons must be changed often to prevent infection.
  2. Change after each bathroom use - always change tampons after urinating or having a bowel movement. Why? Bacteria can attach itself to the string and cause infection.
  3. Wash your hands before using a tampon - yes, that's right, before inserting a tampon, as well as after. Don't take the chance of bacteria from your hands causing infection.
  4. Never use scented tampons - the fresh scent may appeal to women, but perfumes can cause irritation for many women.
  5. Don't forget to take it out - it might be easy to forget you have a tampon, especially after your menstrual cycle is over. This definitely can cause bacteria buildup and infection.

For more details about TSS, visit www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/toxic-shock-syndrome/basics/definition/con-20021326
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