What Is TSS? Can I Get TSS From Period Pads? - Hersday

April 13, 2018

My mom used to say menstruation is good for your health because it cleanses and flushes out toxins from your body every month.
It does sound legit but that does not mean you will not be harmed by any disease during menstruation.  

Do you know what Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is?
TSS is a bacterial infection, often associated with a tampon, though it can be contracted in many other ways. 
Our body hosts a variety of bacteria, beingStaphylococcus aureus (known as Staph) andStreptococcus pyogenes (Strep), which are harmless under most conditions. According to Dr. David Samadi in the New York Daily News, these bacteria become dangerous when they are in an environment that allows them to grow quickly, consequently producing toxins in bulk.
If these toxins get into our bloodstream through cuts or wounds, they can interfere with organ function and damage body tissue. Researchers clearly show thatStaph is amplified bytampons made of any synthetic ingredients -if you leave your tampon way too long inside the vagina.

In most cases, once you are diagnosed with TSS, you will be hospitalized and doctors will monitor you closely to see if there is any sign of other problems, such as organ dysfunction.
TSS is a very rare illness but fortunately curable if treated promptly. When untreated, it can lead to death.
Question is, can we still be affected by TSS by wearing a period pad?
Unlike tampon, it is nearly impossible to be cut or braised by a period pad. Besides, period pads will hardly touch your skin even if there is a wound in miss V area. So, it is unlikely you will get TSS by wearing a sanitary pad.
However, that does not mean you are safe from other diseases, such asUrinary Tract Infection (UTI) -caused by bacteria overcoming the body’s defenses in the urinary tract. They can affect the kidneys, bladder and the tubes that run between them.

There are no researchers saying that period pad wearing is the main causes of UTI, unless, you are wearing ascented sanitary pad for a long time -I mean if you do not change a new one frequently.Then you will be at a high risk for UTI.
What I’m trying to say here is tampons and period pads are both dangerous if you do not take good care of your hygiene. If you change your tampons or pads frequently, you will be less likely a victim of TSS, UTI and other infections.

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