There has been a lot of talk about toxic shock syndrome lately. But do we know exactly what it is? How does it manifest and how do you prevent it?
Toxic shock is menstruation-related and is caused by tampons or menstrual cups. A study carried out by a specialized team from the CHU de Lyon revealed that the products that exist on the market did not present any danger to women., but that certain precautions for use were essential to avoid developing toxic shock syndrome. But what exactly are we talking about?
What is Toxic Shock Syndrome?
Toxic shock syndrome is caused by toxins released by certain strains of common bacteria, including S. aureus bacteria, which represent one-fifth of Staphylococci aureus and which produce TSST-1 toxins. These toxins, once in the body, will attack different organs such as the liver, kidneys or lungs, and plunge the patient into a state of extreme weakness.
We speak of toxic shock linked to the rules since certain menstrual products such as the tampon or the menstrual cup cause the stagnation of blood in the vagina. An environment favorable to the multiplication of this bacterium. The bacteria will produce dangerous toxins which will enter the bloodstream. “Some women are carriers of Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterium that is not normally dangerous, but wearing a tampon for a long time can “block” it in the vagina. Then it multiplies and produces dangerous toxins, which will enter the bloodstream and reach the organs.
What are the symptoms of toxic shock syndrome?
When the toxic shock occurs, the woman may suffer from vomiting, diarrhea, high fever, fatigue, sore throat, headache, skin rash or redness in the eye. She may also lose consciousness and fall into a coma. The symptoms of toxic shock syndrome can be confused with those of the flu. The toxic shock can indeed lead in the most dramatic cases to the amputation of a limb or to death.
What to do in case of toxic shock syndrome?
If you suffer from these different symptoms and you have your period, do not hesitate to go to the emergency room and give as much information as possible to the doctors who will hide you. If you are developing toxic shock syndrome, you may be hospitalized and prescribed antibiotics to destroy the bacteria and stop the production of dangerous toxins.
How to avoid toxic shock syndrome?
Staphylococcus aureus is naturally present in 30 to 40% of us. The presence of this bacterium allows us to immunize ourselves. S. aureus bacteria, on the other hand, would be present in the vagina of only 1% of women. To avoid taking any risks, it is advisable to change your tampon or empty your menstrual cup every 4 to 6 hours. This means that these two protections cannot be used at night.
Which alternative to adopt?
Since 2018, period panties have made a big appearance on the menstrual protection market in Europe.
Period panties have many advantages over disposable products. First of all, they are more eco-friendly because they reduce period-related waste. Also, period panties are more comfortable to wear. They are soft and breathable, and contain no harsh chemicals like disposable pads. They do not stick to the skin and are unlikely to cause irritation or infection.
In addition, with Amadame menstrual panties, you can experience your period without worrying about toxic shock and choose the model adapted to your period and keep it for up to 5 years. Your menstrual panties will now be your new ally, so order your panties now.