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Dangers of Feminine Hygiene Products that Every Woman Needs to Know

Dangers of Feminine Hygiene Products that Every Woman Needs to Know

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  • Tampons are an example of <i>biologically incompatible technology</i>, which can react with bacteria in your body and women’s menstrual cycles to create the ideal environment for bacteria to flourish, triggering potentially fatal toxic shock syndrome (TSS)
  • Synthetic tampon components, coupled with higher absorbency, appear to be particularly “amenable” to S. aureus bacteria (which release toxins that cause TSS), as are certain other conditions that occur in a woman’s body during menstruation
  • Some woman harbor S. aureus communities as a permanent fixture in their vaginal flora, and as such may be at risk of TSS every time they use a tampon
  • While any tampon can create a friendly environment in your vagina for the growth of either Staphylococcus aureus or group A streptococcus (strep) bacteria, which is also sometimes linked to TSS, there are several steps you can take to minimize your risk of this potentially life-threatening condition, including avoiding super-absorbent tampons and those made from synthetic materials

By Dr. Mercola

Many women have heard of toxic shock syndrome (TSS), a rare bacterial infection that can lead to a potentially fatal drop in blood pressure (shock) and organ damage, and most associate it with the use of tampons -- particularly super absorbent varieties that are left in too long.


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