Julianne - posted on 11/25/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )
Tampons are associated with toxic shock:The entire mechanism of TSS is still not understood. Tampons do not cause TSS; staph-produced toxin does. Women can now compare tampon absorbencies, choosing the lowest level compatible with individual needs.
Rayon or rayon/cotton tampons may promote the production of TSS poison:A number of studies show that all-cotton tampons may promote poison production; the debate continues.
Tampons introduce bacteria into the vagina:Tampon use does not significantly alter the population of bacteria or yeast in the vagina.
Tampons promote yeast infections:There is a moderate association of deodorant tampons wih yeast in one study. Tampon use is not generally associated with yeast.
Tampons contain traces of dioxin:A chlorine-free bleaching process has eliminated dioxin from tampons.
Tampons cause vaginal ulceration:Proper choice of absorbency and appropriate use prevent this problem.
Tampons may be associated with endomitriosis:Limited information is available. Only one study suggests an association after use for more than fourteen years in women under 30.
Tampons may alter the size of the hymen:No criteria exist for whether a woman is a virgin or not. No baseline measurement of a girl’s hymen is made, and there is wide normal variation. A tampon could enlarge the opening of a girl with a small hymen, or a tampon inserted at a bad angle could change the hymen. No clinician can say for sure if “virginity is intact.” Tampons are recommended by clinicians to prepare for sexual activity and to facilitate pelvic exam.