Tampons caught on quickly with women because they offered more freedom and ease in use of protection during their menstrual cycle. Then the market introduced a super-absorbent tampon. Seemed like a good idea because women would not have to change tampons as often. However, the super-absorbent tampons were removed from the market because they were found to cause infections with Staph or Strep bacteria, a potentially deadly condition.
However, other improper uses of tampons can still cause urinary tract infections. Here are 5 ways you can help prevent this.
- Change tampons often – even though they are convenient and effective, tampons must be changed often to prevent infection.
- Change after each bathroom use – always change tampons after urinating or having a bowel movement. Why? Bacteria can attach itself to the string and cause infection.
- Wash your hands before using a tampon – yes, that’s right, beforeinserting a tampon, as well as after. Don’t take the chance of bacteria from your hands causing infection.
- Never use scented tampons – the fresh scent may appeal to women, but perfumes can cause irritation for many women.
- Don’t forget to take it out – it might be easy to forget you have a tampon, especially after your menstrual cycle is over. This definitely can cause bacteria buildup and infection.
For more details about TSS, visit www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/toxic-shock-syndrome/basics/definition/con-20021326