I want to use tampons but my mum says it’s not safe. I hate wearing pads. They make me feel wet and yuck. What can I do?
Dr. Kroman says...
Some years ago there were a few women who died from a condition called Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). This condition is caused by a bacterial infection called Staphylococcus aureus which is a bug that is often found on the skin and in your nose. When the bug gets into the blood, it can cause TSS. It can be from many causes, even after a scratch or bite. It can affect men, women and children and is very rare. It was thought that these particular women got their infection from the tampons they were wearing. This of course put fear into many women.
A lot of research has gone into this illness and it has been found that tampons themselves do not cause the illness. It is more the way that people use their tampons. For this reason, you should use a tampon that has the lowest absorbency to meet your needs (i.e. do not use a ‘super’ tampon when your period is light) and you should change every 3-4 hrs at least.
Have a chat to your mum to see why she feels tampons are unsafe. It might be worthwhile visiting your GP with your mum to talk about this.