Friday, June 17, 2011

Feminine Hygiene Giveaway and TSS Awareness


In 1980 tampons were in the headlines when reported cases of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) numbered 813 with 38 deaths.  In 2010, 30 years later, no one is counting how many women suffer from tampon related Toxic Shock Syndrome in a year.  We do, however, know it still claims lives because families who have lost loved ones are sharing their stories.

Toxic Shock Syndrome is something I never imagined would happen to me or anyone I know. I heard about it in school and on the news, but it never really hit home until my mother’s friend developed TSS.  After that, I realized it could happen to anyone – even me.  Then, more recently, I was reminded of the topic when I learned about a new non-profit: You ARE Loved.  This organization was founded by Lisa Elifritz who lost her 20 year old daughter Amy to TSS last summer.  They are working to raise awareness in order to save lives.  Please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the symptoms listed below as this knowledge could save your life or the life of a loved one.

Amy Rae Elifritz
1989-2010
Although the companies that manufacture tampons would like you to think that there is no longer a risk associated with using their products, the truth is that the risk remains.  If you are a tampon user, then you have probably noticed a leaflet with information about TSS is found in every box.  This is required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Unfortunately, while the FDA acknowledges the danger and requires the warning they no longer track cases.  The statistics they offer are based on their last active surveillance, which was done in 1987.  Dr. Patrick Schlievert, professor at the University of Minnesota and an expert on TSS, estimates that 1 in 700 women will get tampon related TSS in their lifetime. 


Today there are a wide variety of feminine hygiene options.  Since the average woman uses 10,000 during her lifetime, it is worth investing some time to reconsider what is best for you.  When listing options they can easily be divided in one of two ways.  First, products are either internal or external.  Internal products include tampons, sponges, and cups.  External products include pads and pantyliners.  Second, products are either disposable or reusable.  Disposable products are worn once then discarded.  Reusable products can be cleaned and worn again and again.

Finally, if you find tampons work best for you, know that all tampons are not created equally.  Dr. Philip Teierno, professor at the New York University School of Medicine and an expert on TSS, finds that rayon is the primary remaining risk factor in traditional tampons.  For tampons made without rayon, consider organic options.


Giveaway courtesy of YouARELoved!
One lucky Shopaholic is going to win all kinds of goodies for your daughter or yourself in a beautiful giftbasket.  This lovely gift basket includes $25 worth of menstrual products including: 14 Instead Softcups, 20 Maxim regular absorbency organic tampons, 6 Natracare organic tampons, 3 Natracare pads, 1 designer tampon tube, 1 YouARELoved bracelet & 1 You ARE Loved informational brochure!  That is going to be really useful!!  Here's how:

Mandatory Entry: Think of one question you have about puberty or about menstruation (TSS, feminine hygiene products, or anything you would like to know) then post it below.  Be sure to check out my first post on Puberty and how to talk to your children about the changes the may be facing or will face in the future.

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Learn more about TSS & enter to win a @You ARE Loved giftbasket with @Shopaholic Mommy! Ends 7/3! http://bit.ly/jnshkA
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Learn more about TSS & enter to #win a @youarelovedTSS gift basket w/@ashtonzmommi at SMMH! Ends 7/3! http://bit.ly/jnshkA
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I will choose one winner on July 3rd at 8pm EST using random.org.  That person will have 48 hours to respond to my email to claim their prize.  If I do not hear from them within 48 hours I will hold a redraw and choose another winner.  This giveaway is open to US residents 18+ Good Luck!

I did not receive any kind of compensation for this post.  The opinions in this post are 100% mine and unbiased.  For more on my disclosure policy please visit the PR section of my site.

53 comments:

  1. My biggest question is... can you become immune to TSS after years of using tampons and not having a problem?

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  24. Thank you so much for the Blog, I think you did a wonderful job! Amy would be proud.

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  25. Carolyn, you asked a very good question about developing antibodies to TSS. When a baby is born it has it's mothers antibodies but these disappear within the first 6 months of life. After this the baby must develop it's own antibodies through exposure to staphylococcus Aureus bacteria's, which are in our natural flora and in the air. This is why young women, tweens and teens are so prone to getting TSS. They don't have the antibodies yet. By the time women are 30 years old it's expected that 95 percent will have necessary antibodies to this illness. 5% will never get them.

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  26. Jill Collins, according to this website, http://jcm.asm.org/cgi/content/full/43/9/4628 findings indicate that black women may be more susceptible to TSS than white women.

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  27. I was sad about reading about the girl I stopped wearing tampons because everytime I wore them I was sick and got extremely nauseated...doc said it had nothing to d with using tampns but once I stopped- those odd symptoms stopped. My question is about the new all natural tampons- are they actually safer to use- I have seen those and the other one is how safe are rewashable - green pads and tampons?mrs.mommyyatgmail

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  28. Mrs. Mommyy thankfully there are more options today than ever before when it comes to feminine hygiene. For much much safer internal disposable products try 100% cotton tampons or disposable cups. For example, Instead Softcups, on their website, claims "In more than 10 years and 100 million Softcups sold, the Softcup has never had a reported incidence of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)." (see http://www.softcup.com/content/what-softcup)

    Also, there are now many reusable cups for sale too, which can also be a great internal option. The good news with pads is you are not at risk regardless of what type you may prefer.

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  29. At what age can kids start using tampons safely?? I appreciate all the info you gave. Thanks.

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  33. Kelly, Physically, a girl is able to use a tampon when she starts menstruating regardless of how old she is at that time. Girls (tween, teen and into their 20s) are at an increased risk of tampon related TSS (see reply #25 for a more thorough explanation). By using 100% cotton tampons or other alternatives to traditional tampons the risk is reduced to nearly 0.

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  34. I wonder if body size has anything to do with when you start your period or your chances of getting TSS.
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  35. Jessica, body size is a factor in terms of when a girl starts menstruating. On average, heavier girls start younger. Also, girls who are quite athletic and have very low percentages of body fat are late to start. Body size is not a factor however for TSS.

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  49. Sweetmaple, one of the best ways to teach this to teenagers is by having a conversation and providing them our brochure - http://you-are-loved.org/92/tss-informational-brochure/

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