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Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)

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Added August 01, 2013

How To Avoid Getting TSS

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TSS prevention—why absorbency matters.


Choosing the right absorbency

It's important to choose the lowest absorbency for your menstrual flow. Your flow changes from day to day, so you may need to use different absorbencies on different days of your period.


Here's how to pick the right absorbency tampon for your flow: 

  • Take the tampon out after wearing it for four hours. If it has soaked up to the full amount, you may want to try a higher absorbency. If white fiber is still showing, you should choose a lower absorbency.
  • If you sleep less than eight hours a night and use a tampon, choose the lowest absorbency needed. Insert a fresh one just before going to bed and remove it as soon as you wake up in the morning.
  • If you sleep more than eight hours, don't use a tamponuse a pad before going to bed. You should never leave a tampon in for more than eight hours.


If you want to totally avoid the risk of TSS as associated with tampon use, avoid using tampons completely and use pads instead.

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Posted June 07, 2014
This is one of the many reasons I prefer using pads! I've never used a tampon my whole life! I'm really scared of getting sick.
Posted March 25, 2012
I know people who sleep in tampons. They said to make sure u set an alarm or u will be awake before the 8 hours are up. If u prefer use pads....but im just letting yall know
Posted December 08, 2011
everywhere but here ive heard that its really bad to sleep in a tampon?
Posted December 31, 2011
Im nnot sure, but I don't think its deadly to sleep in a tampon. You may get TSS because the average person sleeps atlest 9-11 hours, and you need to change a tampon every 4-8 hours. I wear pads, so yeah..xD
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