I must admit that I have never been a Tampon user. I will also admit I haven’t paid attention to TSS or toxic shock syndrome, except when reports of women’s death’s by TSS showed up on the news.
It was something heard of and horrified by, but nothing to ‘do’ anything about.
Sites like You Are Loved give us human and lovely faces behind the stories of death due to TSS. TSS is real, it’s common, and it kills. 1 in 700 women will get tampon related TSS. TSS can strike any woman or girl without warning and can act so rapidly that more fatalities among tampon users are inevitable. It occurs when the bacteria that we know at Staphylococcus Aureus gets into a woman’s bloodstream.
You can read here for more information on facts and signs and symptoms.
I am not a young woman, but a middle aged one. However, as a mother and a woman I have grown more and more concerned with the safety of products such as disposable diapers and disposable sanitary napkins and tampons. I have become more and more leery of what sort of chemicals are being absorbed by my body and my children’s.
This is why I have started to read labels more, use more cloth diapers for my daughter and then was lucky enough to hold of a sample pack of reusable pads from Luna Pads. This has been crucial to my health, as I was experiencing more and more odd symptoms and pain after finishing up my cycle.
We HAVE to listen to our bodies. We can’t rely on large brands being being watchdogs on their own products. We have to ask questions and we have to feel totally secure with what we are putting in or on our bodies. We all need to speak up and make sure brands listen to our needs.
Read their site and spread the word. Knowledge is power.