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Does a mentrual cup carry a risk for tss?

Does a mentrual cup carry a risk for tss?

Toxic shock syndrome: The use of tampons is associated with an increased risk for staphylococcal toxic shock syndrome. However, the incidence of menstrual cases of this disease has fallen significantly since removal of highly-absorbent tampons from the market. I don't know what a menstrual cup is. Perhaps you mean cervical cap or diaphragm. Although rare, contraceptive sponges and diaphragms may be associated with tss. ...Read more

Menstrual (Definition)

Menstrual refers to the monthly cycle in women which prepares the female for ovulation, generally once per month, which is that time of month that the egg can be fertilized by the male sperm, for the purpose of reproduction. Menstrual cycles start at the first day of menstruation. (it's always been curious to me that 'menstrual' and ...Read more


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Does using a menstrual cup carry any risk of an air embolism? This is my first time using it and I feel like my vagina is stretched and battered.

Does using a menstrual cup carry any risk of an air embolism? This is my first time using it and I feel like my vagina is stretched and battered.

No risk: The cup is in the vagina and not connected to the blood stream which is where an air embolism needs to be connected to to cause a problem. It sounds like you have an friend or acquaintance who had this problem - almost certainly not from a menstrual cup. ...Read more

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Little white pieces came out of my menstrual pad, should I be worried? Scared it might have gone inside and might cause TSS, help?

Little white pieces came out of my menstrual pad, should I be worried? Scared it might have gone inside and might cause TSS, help?

Not TTS: This is a seroius illness from a tampon left in the vagina too long and the presence of certain bacteria in the vagina. Usually accompanied by rash and symptoms of infection.. ie temperature, malaise, felling ill. Consider a yeast infection as souce of white clumps and try monistat-3. Is over the counter and will eliminate a yeast infection. ...Read more

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The first day of my last menstrual period was on 4 january, and I made sex only on 15 january, what am I carrying? A boy or a girl? Please help me

The first day of my last menstrual period was on 4 january, and I made sex only on 15 january, what am I carrying? A boy or a girl? Please help me

Sorry...: First, are you actually pregnant? If so, I can tell you with absolute certainty that it is either a boy or a girl. There is no scientific way other than that to know at this point. As the pregnancy progresses, an US can be used to visualize genitalia. Let's be happy that there is still something in life that we can't control and celebrate whatever gender the baby is :) ...Read more

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Hurt my wrist on sunday carrying heavy trays and it hurts even to hold a cup swelling in fingers and hurts to move my wrist side to side?

Hurt my wrist on sunday carrying heavy trays and it hurts even to hold a cup swelling in fingers and hurts to move my wrist side to side?

Unlikely broken: Without a fall or a blow to the wrist, it is not likely to be broken. It's most likely that you sprained or strained it (pulled a tendon, ligament, or muscle). Try resting it (not lifting heavy items) for several days, wear a velcro splint that you can buy at the pharmacy over the counter to minimize movement, and ice it 15 min/hr. If still painful, in to see a PCP for further eval. ...Read more

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Could all tss symptoms occur at once?

Could all tss symptoms occur at once?

Toxic shock: We don't see toxic shock very often anymore even with prolonged retention of a tampon, but the symptoms occur at variable rates and severity. Since TSS can cause death, it is probably best to get evaluated as soon as possible. Maybe even going to the ER. ...Read more

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How to know if I have tss or is it just a bug?

Very sick: Usually fever, very high >102, rigors (not just chills like the flu), low blood pressure, low urine output. It progresses rapidly and can be life-threatening. It can come from an infection in the vagina that gets into the pelvis or from a rapidly spreading skin or soft tissue infection, that is extremely painful-not just a bit painful. Seek attention immediately. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of tss & what should I do?

SXS: Symptoms of toxic shock syndrome can include: fever, low blood pressure, muscle pain, headache, loose stools, vomiting, rash, confusion and seizures. Get immediate medical care if you have tss symptoms. ...Read more

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Will I definitely have a fever with tss?

Will I definitely have a fever with tss?

Fever: One of the major criteria for the diagnosis of toxic shock syndrome was defined by the cdc and includes temperature elevations greater than 102f. ...Read more

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Treatment for tss please help if you know!?

Toxic shock syndrome: This is most commonly caused by toxins from Staph aureus absorbed from the vaginal barrel when wearing tampons, but since the composition of these has changed this has become very rare. It may also be due to toxins from this organism or from Streptococcus pyogenes and the treatment is eradication of the primary infection. Be more specific in your question. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if my mom had tss will I get it?

Toxic shock: TSS or 'Toxic shock syndrome' is caused by bacteria that have a certain toxin. Often it is either Streptococcus pyogenes (group A Strep) or Staphylococcus aureus. If your mom was afflicted by this, I would want to know more about the circumstances of her illness. For the most part, I would not be worried about you catching it. But it's good to talk to an ID doc or someone who would know. ...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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Can tss really be a big risk if I have a casual attatude toward tampons?

Basic hygiene: Mostly the risk was with the old super-absorbent tampons that are no longer in use. Do practice basic personal hygiene as a favor to yourself. ...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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Is a regular absorbency tampon ok for day when flow is sporadic, sometimes being light? How to avoid TSS?

Toxic shock: Changing tampons regularly will avoid TSS, so it's safe to use them so long as you change them and don't forget you have one in ...Read more

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I want to start using tampons but im scared of the tss I think that's what it is. Should I be scared? How do I avoid getting it?

I want to start using tampons but im scared of the tss I think that's what it is. Should I be scared? How do I avoid getting it?

Some thoughts...: 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, makers of tampons sold 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, so it is good to read the box. ...Read more

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Scared I have TSS, left tampon in by accident for 11hours went to remove and was barely bleeding. How long would it take for symptoms to show?

Relax: This is a realistic but overdone issue for most. It became prominent in the folklore decades ago with tampons made from certain germ friendly material which has long since been discontinued. With TSS we often saw sudden onset of fever, dizziness, fainting low blood pressure, etc. You should be fine but don't make this a habit. ...Read more

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What are the long term affects from tss?

What are the long term affects from tss?

Let me explain: If severe shock has occurred and led to kidney, liver, lung, or heart damage long term consequences may require treatment or cause permanent disability. The three major causes of death related to severe tss are as follows:
disseminated intravascular coagulation, or dic, which causes uncontrollable bleeding and irreversible shock.
With proper treatment, however, people can recover from tss. ...Read more

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What to do if I can have tss, how to know?

Very sick: Usually fever, very high >102, rigors (not just chills like the flu), low blood pressure, low urine output. It progresses rapidly and can be life-threatening. It can come from an infection in the vagina that gets into the pelvis or from a rapidly spreading skin or soft tissue infection, that is extremely painful-not just a bit painful. Seek attention immediately. ...Read more

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How to know if I have tss or are my symptoms just a coincidence?

Very sick: Usually fever, very high >102, rigors (not just chills like the flu), low blood pressure, low urine output. It progresses rapidly and can be life-threatening. It can come from an infection in the vagina that gets into the pelvis or from a rapidly spreading skin or soft tissue infection, that is extremely painful-not just a bit painful. Seek attention immediately. ...Read more

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How common is tss (toxic shock syndrome)?

Toxic shock syndrome: Still occurs but it has become quite uncommon. I have seen 2 cases in the past 10 years. ...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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What to do if left tampon in for 11 hours! Tss?

Remove it ASAP.: Get med care for: high fever, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or rash of palms/ soles. ...Read more

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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