Tampons can pose multiple health risks, although millions of women use tampons without significant issue. It’s essential to recognize that tampons in themselves are not safe due to the impact on vaginal health and hygiene. It is danger wearing. It’s good to be aware of the risks to be able to make an informed choice about whether to use tampons. Also you can make sure to reduce risks.
Danger Wearing: Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)
TSS occurs where certain naturally occurring bacteria multiply and start to create toxins which enter the bloodstream. From there viruses can overwhelm the immune system leading to something similar to septic shock. This can range from a mild set of symptoms that makes the victim very ill, through to major organ failure and potential death as a result.
Tampons links to TSS due to an outbreak in the 1970’s/1980’s with tampons made with super-absorbent fibers, although modern tampons are safer, they still pose a risk.
Tampons provide the perfect environment for bacteria to grow while also preventing vaginal cleaning; they also damage vaginal walls so allow bacterial toxins into the bloodstream. Rayon tampons pose a higher risk as they are more favorable to bacterial growth, lose more fibers, and cause more damage to vaginal tissues.
TSS is said to be rare, however, CDC stopped tracking TSS cases in the 1980s, and even then many cases were not reported or officially counted in the CDC’s public figures. We don’t know how many cases of TSS occur, but some argue occurrence may be as high as 1 in 700 women.
Symptoms of TSS can vary greatly depending on the person and which organs are involved, but in all cases, a person would have a sudden high fever and low blood pressure. If you use tampons and notice these symptoms, then you should seek medical attention at once.
Vaginal infections such as Bacterial Vaginosis are prevalent as a result of tampon use. And if tampons are not used correctly, it can increase the risk of a person developing a vaginal infection. Vaginal infections can occur during tampon use or later in the menstrual cycle. As a result of the vagina not being able to right itself after tampon use.
Tampons provide the perfect environment for bacteria to grow, which is oxygenated, porous, and contains nutritious menstrual material. The vagina is a self-cleaning organ with an acidic pH to kill harmful bacteria and discharge. However, to clean-out bacteria or dirt – tampons prevent self-cleaning by holding blood in contact with the vagina. Which impacts pH and by preventing discharge cleaning out the vagina.
It’s also important to point out that although tampons are sanitary. They are not sterile so they can contain bacteria or even mold, which can transfer into the vagina. Thus why it’s essential to wash hands before use. So bacteria from your hands don’t enter your vagina. Additionally, it’s essential to store tampons in a clean, dry place to prevent bacteria. However mold growing on the tampon which can increase risk of infection.