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Safe Product Usage

Understanding the feminine products available to keep you protected from your biggest period fears and need for comfort during this uncomfortable period will make for a better experience in using them. They may seem a little scary and daunting at first thought, but keep reading through this section and you might just feel a little bit more comfortable. 

Toxic Shock Syndrome

Toxic Shock Syndrome

Also known in its acronym form as TSS, is an illness that could be potentially harmful. Simply put, there is an evil bacteria called Staphylococcus Aureus that just happens to live off of our unsuspecting body parts like the vagina, groin, armpit and nose skin.

It’s critical that every consumer is aware of what can happen when you don’t use feminine care products responsibly. This bacteria lives on these areas in 1 in every 3 people (guys can get it as well as girls). The problem comes in when these bacteria become brave and start multiplying at high rates.

If you experience "flu-like symptoms" such as diarrhea, high fever, or dizziness usually caused by low blood pressure, while using tampons, contact your doctor or visit a hospital immediately. Some more immediate steps you should take are remove the tampon you are using without delay and inform your doctor that you've been using tampons so that she/ he can make a proper diagnosis. When symptoms are recognized in time, TSS can be treated successfully with antibiotics.

Now girls, when it comes to tampon related causes of TSS, don't get too crazy. Just be good to your body and observe some of the following suggestions to make sure you keep your distance from an evil bout of TSS:

Be clean. I mean we're girls, right? We're pretty and supposed to smell like flowers and candy all the time. So WRONG! We're only human and we're just as susceptible to dirt and stenches as the rest of the world. So please from time to time, specifically before and after you change your tampon or pad, wash your hands!

Change it Up. I know you might think you're a seasoned period expert and that you're a transient goddess when it comes time to tell when you should nix the pad or tampon that you're wearing, but overflow happens to the best of us. And plus, did you know it's extremely unhealthy to leave in a tampon for an extreme amount of time? TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome) causing bacteria just have a field day gathering and wreaking havoc on our nether regions when they're not checked, so when using tampons, make sure to put in a fresh one every 4 – 6 hours.

Keep the absorbency low. Use pads and tampons with as low absorbency as you can find so that there isn't any build up of potentially harmful bacteria.

Diversify. Try to keep your products different. You don't always have to stick to using strictly pads or tampons. Find a happy balance of product usage that's comfortable for you. Switch off between tampons and pads.

Use 100% Cotton Tampons. Don't take our word for it, it's been proven by Dr. Philip M. Tierno, a professor of microbiology and pathology at the NYU School of Medicine who has done serious independent research on the link betweeen tampons and TSS. His research confirms that 100% cotton tampons, like Maxim Tampons, are less risky and less likely to cause TSS than the synthetic and chemically laden others.

The topic of TSS has been in the news a lot lately, especially after Lauren Wasser, a well known model, shared her tragic story about her experience of losing a limb due to a tampon related onset of TSS. Lauren is not alone. In fact, a few years ago we reported on a similar story about Amy Elifritz and funded her mom's non-profit You A.R.E. Loved through our Gift of Love campaign in order to raise more awareness about this serious disease.


Women's health is our main priority at Maxim Hygiene Products. That's why we're active in reporting on and supporting menstrual health via different initiatives, such as our Green Feminine Hygiene Queen blog and most recently our #tampontruth campaign. Visit our blog and promotions page to learn about other Maxim initiatives that we're taking a stand for in support of your health and protecting the planet!