Toxic Shock Syndrome
Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is a rare but potentially serious illness that can be related to periods and tampon use. TSS is a toxaemia (toxins circulating in the blood) caused by the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus. The bacteria are found in the nose, on the skin and occasionally in the vagina of many people without causing any harm. Most people produce antibodies to the toxin (which is why TSS is rare) so there’s no harmful effect. However someone who does not produce antibodies to the toxin may get TSS.