Make sure your hands are clean when inserting a tampon and that you do not cut yourself with your fingernails when inserting the tampon.
Change your tampon every 4-6 hours, or more often if you need to.
Choose the right tampon. Use smaller/lighter absorbency tampons if your period is lighter. TSS occurs more often when super-absorbent tampons are used. Only use super-absorbent tampons if you have a very heavy flow.
Don’t leave tampons in overnight. Use pads instead.
Only use tampons to absorb menstrual blood (period). Do not use tampons to absorb vaginal discharge. Only insert the tampon once the period has started and you can see the menstrual blood. Do not insert a tampon before your period.
*If you have symptoms of TSS while wearing a tampon, remove the tampon straight away and contact a doctor. If you have a temperature, dizziness or vomiting, you should go to the hospital straight away. The symptoms can be similar to the flu, but if you are on your period and using a tampon, it might be symptoms of TSS. It could however be symptoms of another infection, either way, you should see your doctor.
- Flu-like symptoms (muscle aches, headache, redness of your eyes, mouth, and throat)
- Sudden high fever
- Dizziness, fainting, or lightheadedness
- A sunburn-like rash
Remember – it is very unlikely that you will ever get TSS, but it is important to know the symptoms, just in case.