TSS is a rare, but serious, illness. TSS a complication of bacterial infections, which has been associated with individuals who have used intra- vaginal contraceptive devices (such as tampons and menstrual cups), but TSS is not solely linked to intra- vaginal contraceptive devices. To contract TSS, a person needs to have a specific strain of staph bacteria (staphylococcus aureus) in their vaginal flora. If the individual has that, the staph can multiply and produce a harmful toxin.
To reduce your risk of developing TSS make sure you clean and use your OrganiCup according to our instructions. The symptoms of TSS are sudden fever, dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea, fainting, a rash that looks like a sunburn, or in advanced stages, scaly skin. TSS can appear during the menstrual period or some days later. If you experience any of the symptoms, remove your cup and seek medical advice immediately.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, remove your OrganiCup and seek medical advice immediately.
- Acute High fever
- Vomiting, diarrhea
- A skin rash that looks like sunburn
- Muscular aches
- A sore throat
- Red eyes
A study conducted in Lyon, France claimed that menstrual cups may pose an even greater risk of TSS than tampons. We are aware of this study and we are of course interested in their findings. However, the study hasn’t been concluded yet. Furthermore, it was conducted using sterile plastic bags – not actual human vaginas – and we think it is safe to assume that the human body is more complex than a bag.
Menstrual cups have been a trusted period care product for decades. In fact, globally only 2 cases of TSS relating to menstrual cups have been reported and this was due to very prolonged use (longer than the recommended 12 hour maximum).
We recommend the following steps to reduce your risk of developing TSS:
- Sterilise your OrganiCup before using it for the first time. Remove your OrganiCup every 8-12 hours during your period and wash it thoroughly before reinserting
- Do not use the OrganiCup or any internal vaginal devices if you have previously been diagnosed with TSS
- Wash your hands with soap every time you handle the OrganiCup
If you have more questions concerning TSS, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.