Toxic shock syndrome

Toxic Shock Syndrome, or TSS as it’s commonly known, is caused by a toxin (a kind of biological poison) which is produced by a type of bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus). Tampons do not carry the bacteria which cause TSS. However, tampon use has been associated with an increased risk of TSS. Although TSS can occur with tampons of any absorbency, the risk increases with tampons of a higher absorbency. Reduce the risk of TSS by using the lowest absorbency tampon to suit your flow. Always wash your hands before unwrapping and inserting a tampon, and again afterwards. Unwrap a fresh, clean tampon just before use – do not handle it more than necessary or place in on any surface. Do not insert a tampon if it hurts to do so. Only use a tampon when you have your period. Tampons should be changed regularly and never left longer than eight hours. Overnight it is best to use Libra Goodnights ® Pads rather than use a tampon. More information about TSS Visit: www.toxicshock.org.au Please read the manufacturer’s instructions about tampon use. If you have any questions ask your doctor or write to the Personal Products Advisor, SCA Hygiene Australasia Pty Limited, 30-32 Westall Road, Springvale, VIC 3171, Australia. Phone: (Toll Free) Australia 1800 806 991, New Zealand 0800 44 62 47. SCA Hygiene Australasia Pty Limited, ABN 62 004 191 324.

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