THE 411 ON TOXIC SHOCK SYNDROME

February 11, 2020 2 min read

THE 411 ON TOXIC SHOCK SYNDROME

THE 411 ON TOXIC SHOCK SYNDROME 

In the late 1970s, the world first learned about Toxic Shock Syndrome, or TSS, when women across the United States were diagnosed. Super-absorbency tampons with synthetic fibers had recently become available and they were being used for longer stretches. 

Changes in how tampons are made coupled with more awareness have reduced the occurrence of TSS, but it still affects women, mostly those aged 15-25 who use tampons. To protect yourself against the dangers of Toxic Shock Syndrome, it's important to first understand what it is.

Toxic Shock Syndrome

TSS is a rare but life-threatening condition caused by a bacterial infection that primarily affects menstruating females. Certain bacterial infections, in particularStaphylococcus aureus andStreptococcus pyogenes — better-known as staph and strep — release toxins into the bloodstream that can also spread to the organs, causing a sudden onset of flu-like symptoms that can lead to organ failure, seizures, and even death. 

While many people carry these bacteria on their skin and mucous membranes without experiencing any problems, under the right conditions they can act as a petri dish, wreaking havoc in the body. One of those perfect conditions is wearing a tampon longer than the recommended time or consistently using high-absorbency tampons.

There's no way to tell what the risk is for getting TSS, so the best thing to do is be safe by ditching conventional tampons altogether.  

A Safer Alternative

Scientific studies have shown that conventional feminine hygiene products are made with ingredients containing pesticide residue, dioxins, GMOs, and other toxins that have been linked to reproductive harm and cancer. Further, tampons made of synthetic fibers leave microfibers behind when they are removed, increasing the risk for TSS.

Using products made of 100% natural cotton such as those made by Veeda is much, much safer. The cotton in the products Veeda uses is free from GMOs and pesticides, and is 100% biodegradable and hypoallergenic. Users even report shorter and less-uncomfortable periods. 

Although Toxic Shock Syndrome isn't common, the potential risks of using conventional tampons and other feminine hygiene products simply aren't worth it. Make the switch and check out the offerings at Veeda today.


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Veeda Love

Remedies to Vaginal Odor
Remedies to Vaginal Odor

July 01, 2022 4 min read

If your vagina has an odor that isn’t accompanied by any symptoms that could indicate infection etc. there are some ways to combat the odor on your own.

Read More
Phases of your menstrual cycle and what they mean
Phases of your menstrual cycle and what they mean

June 19, 2022 4 min read

There is a stigma around periods that overall, they suck - cramps hurt, women get very emotional, and our mood can change like a flick of a light switch! However, PMS doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing if you work with your period rather than against it. Yes, cramps still suck, and it can be difficult controlling your up and down emotions, but once you are able to distinctly recognise your personal menstrual cycle, you can use it to your advantage!
Read More
Allergens and Irritants in Natural Products? Surely Not!
Allergens and Irritants in Natural Products? Surely Not!

June 15, 2022 3 min read

People make the switch to natural products for many reasons, from concerns over specific ingredients, to wanting to use products that are better for the environment. But for some people, in particular those with sensitive skin or chronic skin conditions such as eczema, using natural products can lead to inflammation and irritations.
Read More