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A 36-year-old member asked:

Can you please explain why tampons sometimes cause toxic shock?

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Uncommon: There was a particular type tampon that allowed a particular bacteria to grow rapidly in the vagina. That bacteria produced a toxin that cause "toxic shock". That tampon was removed from the market decades ago. In over 22 years of practice, I have never seen a case of toxic shock.
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