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Tampons are either organic or standard, scented or unscented, chlorine-free which prevents dangerous levels of dioxin, a pollutant found in the environment and all FDA compliant.

The FDA which regulates Tampons, a medical device, has their latest update:

  • Follow all labeled directions.  Even if you've used tampons before, refresh yourself on best practices, including any information on washing your hands before and after use.

  • Use only when you have your period and only as directed.

  • Change every 4 to 8 hours.  Never wear a single tampon for more than 8 hours at a time.

  • Use lowest absorbency that you need.  Consider how heavy or light your period is and how often you need to change your tampon. If you can wear one tampon up to eight hours without changing it, the absorbency may be too high.

  • Consider which period products are best for different activities.  For example, if you need coverage for longer than 8 hours, such as when sleeping, choose a pad instead.

  • Beware of pain or other unusual symptoms. Tell your health care provider if you ever have discomfort, pain, or other unusual symptoms like unusual discharge when trying to insert or wear a tampon. (Note: You shouldn’t feel a tampon when it is inserted properly.) These symptoms may mean that you need to take a break from using tampons. Symptoms such as a sudden fever (usually 102°F or more) and vomiting, diarrhea, fainting or feeling like you are going to faint when standing up, dizziness, or a rash that looks like a sunburn may be signs of toxic shock syndrome (TSS). If you have any of these symptoms during your period, remove the tampon and seek medical attention immediately. And if you have these symptoms soon after your period, seek medical attention immediately. If you ever have an allergic reaction or irritation from using tampons, stop using tampons and talk with your health care provider.

Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)?

One safety issue associated with using tampons is toxic shock syndrome, a rare disease caused by a toxic substance that is produced by certain kinds of bacteria. The toxic substance can cause organ damage (including kidney, heart, and liver failure), shock, and even death.

Rates of reported TSS cases associated with tampons have declined significantly over the past 20 years. One reason is that, as part of the premarket review, the FDA evaluates whether a tampon enhances the growth of the bacteria that causes TSS before deciding whether the product can be marketed. The FDA also believes that more informative tampon labeling, as well as educational efforts by the FDA and manufacturers, have contributed to this major reduction in TSS cases.

While TSS is rare today, the risk is higher if you:

  • use more absorbent tampons than needed, or

  • wear a tampon for longer than recommended

Source:  FDA

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