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Q&A About TSS

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Q What is toxic shock syndrome (TSS)?

A TSS is an acute illness caused by the toxins produced by Staphylococcus aureus. The initial signs of TSS are a sudden high fever accompanied by symptoms such as a rash or redness, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, and mucosal hyperemia. If such symptoms appear, you should visit a medical facility for immediate treatment, or it can lead to shock owing to issues such as low blood pressure.

Q Does the presence of Staphylococcus aureus always lead to TSS?

A In the majority of cases, Staphylococcus aureus does not cause any health problems when present. Staphylococcus aureus is a type of bacteria that is often found in our nasal cavity, hair, armpits, pubic hair, vagina, and on our skin. TSS is only caused by the type of Staphylococcus aureus that produce toxins. Therefore, it is a rare occurrence, but can potentially cause grave symptoms that result in death.

Q Does TSS only occur in women who use menstrual cups?

A Anyone can suffer from TSS, whether man, woman, or child. For example, it can also occur because of a cut or burn.

Q Why does TSS sometimes occur when using a menstrual cup?

A It is said that toxins are more easily produced when Staphylococcus aureus multiplies due to reasons such as unclean hands, leaving a menstrual cup in place for several hours, or forgetting to remove a menstrual cup. The possibility that TSS will occur can be reduced by using menstrual cups in accordance with the instructions included with the product.

Q Why should a woman refrain from using a menstrual cup for the first 8 weeks after childbirth and during the first period after childbirth?

A The intravaginal immune function is reduced up until 8 weeks after giving birth and during the first period after delivery, so it is thought that a woman is more susceptible to TSS than usual during this period.

Q What should I do if I experience symptoms that appear to be TSS?

A Immediately consult a medical specialist at a facility such as an obstetrics and gynecology department. In rare cases, serious symptoms may appear. Remove the menstrual cup and seek treatment. Take along the instructions included with the product. It is crucial to detect the symptoms early on and receive suitable treatment.