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Can you get tss if you wear a tampon in too long when you don't have your period?

Can you get tss if you wear a tampon in too long when you don't have your period?

Very unlikely: Since super-absorbant tampons have been redesigned, the risk of tss has continued to decline. The risk is less than 1 in 100, 000 women who are menstruating and using supe-rabsorbant tampons. The lack of blood as time of use of such a tampon would be predicted to lower risk even further. ...Read more

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The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body and ...Read more


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I wore a tampon for less than 2 hours while not on my period, could I get tss from that?

I wore a tampon for less than 2 hours while not on my period, could I get tss from that?

Unlikely: It would be highly unlkiely for you to get tss from a 2 hour ise of a tampon, irregardless if you were or were not having your period. ...Read more

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I started my period but am going to the beach, I'm using a tampon for the first time. I'm worried about tss and I'm scared it will get stuck.

I started my period but am going to the beach, I'm using a tampon for the first time. I'm worried about tss and I'm scared it will get stuck.

Normal: It's normal to have these fears when using a tampon for the first time. So long as you change the tampon when you get back from the beach, you'll be fine. The vagina actually isn't that big, it has elastic tissue that allow it to stretch, but you won't lose tampon. Don't be shy, just get your fingers up there if you can't find and push down like you're going to have a bowel movement at same time. ...Read more

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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?

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?

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. ...Read more

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Can you get toxic shock syndrome by wearing a tampon when you are not on your period?

Can you get toxic shock syndrome by wearing a tampon when you are not on your period?

Yes: Yes-epecially if you use super tampons and leave them in for long periods of time. I'm not sure why you want to wear a tampon if you don't have a period. If its for a discharge, consider a mini-pad or panty liner. ...Read more

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Can you get toxic shock syndrome from the plastic from a tampon being left in your vagina? I have had a fever and chills, then extreme periods of sweating along with a lump behing my ear and one that is getting pretty big on my neck below it. These lumps

Can you get toxic shock syndrome from the plastic from a tampon being left in your vagina? I have had a fever and chills, then extreme periods of sweating along with a lump behing my ear and one that is getting pretty big on my neck below it.  These lumps

Toxic : Toxic shock syndrome was felt to be secondary to extremely-absorbable tampons, which became associated with staph and strep infections. Toxic shock syndrome has symptoms of high fever, rash, and often vomiting or diarrhea. If a patient had high fever, vomiting, and rash, then they should consult with their physician. The reasons for swelling behind the ears and in the neck may be a different cause of infection. ...Read more

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Panicking!! Very end of my period and accidentally left a tampon in for 9 1/2 hours!bFeeling fine right now, but how long until I know if I have TSS?

Panicking!! Very end of my period and accidentally left a tampon in for 9 1/2 hours!bFeeling fine right now, but how long until I know if I have TSS?

Unlikely: Toxic shock syndrome is caused by a bacterium. The symptoms include chills, pain, and fever. It is not impossible, but unlikely that a period of a few hours of leaving a tampon in place will cause toxic shock. If you experience any fever or chills or if you continue to be worried, speak with your primary medical provider. ...Read more

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Period. Flow light, tampon in 4hrs.started w sore arms/legs suddenweakness/faint feeling arms shaking/twitching.wentawayafter sugars/fluids. Tss?help

Period. Flow light, tampon in 4hrs.started w sore arms/legs suddenweakness/faint feeling arms shaking/twitching.wentawayafter sugars/fluids. Tss?help

If those symptoms: Went away after sugar, fluid, then you may have diabetes. Low blood sugars will cause the above symptoms. Infection and panic disorder will do the same thing. Please see a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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I have to go swimming but i have my period what can I do? I can't use a padit will get soaked and I can't use a tampon too nor a cup

I have to go swimming but i have my period what can I do? I can't use a padit will get soaked and I can't use a tampon too nor a cup

Doctor may help...: The doctor can teach tampon-use. Women and girls all over the world use tampons... which means there is no medical reason to not try tampons in the modern world. If the swimming is not tomorrow, one can ask the doctor about starting typical birth control pills, not to prevent pregnancy, but to prevent periods. Some pills have bleeding scheduled for just one "period" every 3 months. ...Read more

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How does one get tss from using a tampon?

Bacteria: When a tampon is left too long, bacteria, usually staph or strep can grow in the vagina. They'll make their way into the fallopian tubes and grow rapidly in the pelvis. Change tampons frequently and keep track of what's in there. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to get tss from using a tampon once?

Yes: Toxic Shock Syndrome from Tampon use is rare. It is most commonly caused by Staph or Strep bacteria and the risk is increased when tampons are not changed frequently. Even thought the risk of getting tss from one use of a tampon, the risk isn't zero. If you had really bad luck you could get it. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Can I get tss from wearing a super absorbency tampon for 7 and a half hours?

Can I get tss from wearing a super absorbency tampon for 7 and a half hours?

Yes: The risk is always there. Be mindful of the symptoms, fever, dizziness, potentially diffuse rash, muscle aches, headaches. ...Read more

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Is there really no issue for me to use tampons if I have a condition associated with tss?

NO: Toxic shock syndrome (tss) can be very dangerous, so if you have any issues related to a history of tss or a concomitant medical issue related to tss, it would be best to avoid tampons. ...Read more

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If you wear a leaking tampon, can you still get tss?

If you wear a leaking tampon, can you still get tss?

Yes: The longer a tampon stays in, even if it's leaking, the higher the risk for tss. ...Read more

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If I wear a tampon during discharge, can I get tss?

If I wear a tampon during discharge, can I get tss?

Unlikely: Tampons have been redesigned. Risk of tts is very low and virtually unheard-of if the tampon is changed every 4-6 hours. ...Read more

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Should a female diabetic use tampons? Is there a higher risk of them getting TSS?

Ok to use: If used properly you are fine to use tampons if diabetic. You are not at increased risk for TSS ...Read more

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Will I get tss? I left in a regular absorbancy tampon, when I needed a light one, for 6 hours. When I tried taking it out, it was dry and had to take a bath to wetten it.

If : If you have not gotten toxic shock syndrome (tss) already and you removed the tampon, then you'll be ok. Tss is caused by staphylococcal bacteria that can grow on an inserted tampon that has been left in too long. Usually, once the tampon (or other foreign body) is removed, then the source of infection is gone. Below, I've attached a website with more in-depth information on tss if you are interested. ...Read more

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How much time do you have to leave a tampon in before you get tss?

8 hours: It is recommended that you do not keep any tampon in for more than 8 hours. If it's going to longer before you are able to change it! You should use a pad instead. ...Read more

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I accidentally have 2 tampons in me. I have managed to get the first one out, now how to I get the other one out? Will I get tss?

I accidentally have 2 tampons in me. I have managed to get the first one out, now how to I get the other one out? Will I get tss?

Reach inside : There really is no place it can go. It cannot be "lost" inside. Gently reach inside with your fingers. It won't be difficult or painful. If you cannot remove it yourself, see your physician right away. There is a risk of tss with a retained tampon. ...Read more

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Why do women still use tampons if it can cause tss /death, micro-abrasions, scarring and even fertility issues?

Why do women still use tampons if it can cause tss /death, micro-abrasions, scarring and even fertility issues?

Convenience: When used properly they are very effective and provide a convenient and tidy way of managing menstrual bleeding. Tss as well as the other problems you mention are rare if proper care is taken. ...Read more

Dr. Bonnie Bock
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Toxic Shock Syndrome (Definition)

A rare but serious disease due to a bacterial infection. It is often linked to the use of tampons and various female contraceptives such as the diaphragm. Symptoms often include fever, feeling faint, diarrhea, muscle ...Read more


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