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A 25-year-old female asked:

Are pads a risk for toxic shock syndrome? i only use pads (i know, :/ lame huh) on my period, but do they also pose a risk for tss or only tampons?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Some thoughts...: Officially yes for tampons, but one can change tampons frequently, at least every four to six hours. Don't leave a tampon in overnight, and use only one tampon at a time. Also, tampons in the U.S. no longer use the materials or designs that were associated with toxic shock syndrome years ago. The instructions on a box of tampons will have safety suggestions. Pads are not a cause of toxic shock.

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