Does Natracare lower your risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome?

We had a question from a friend about Toxic Shock Syndrome and Natracare.

If you are interested in more of the science behind why we recommend Natracare, please read the short report below :

Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), a potentially fatal illness has been linked with tampon use. Independent research conducted by Dr. Tierno at New York University Medical School concluded that the bacterium causing TSS did not produce toxins in the presence of 100% cotton tampons.

Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is a rare but fatal disease caused by a particular type of bacteria that can produce toxins in the body. The symptoms of TSS come on fast and are often severe. Menstrual TSS has been linked to the use of super-absorbent and synthetics in tampons.

Results of a study published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, suggest that the use of 100% cotton tampons may reduce the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome compared with tampons that contain rayon.

The study was carried out on 20 tampon varieties, including Natracare 100% cotton tampons and concluded that all-cotton tampons did not produce the dangerous TSS toxin from the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, while other tampons did.

The paper states that, “The incidence of reported cases of Toxic Shock Syndrome has declined since the removal of high absorbency fibres from tampons, such as polyacrylate rayon, polyester and carboxymethyl-cellulose (CMC). However, the disease continues to occur in young menstruating womenusing the newer less absorbent tampons made of viscose rayon with and without cotton.”

The summary to the paper stated, “All-cotton tampons did not produce TSST-1. This is likely because cotton provides fewer factors to favour TSST-1 production compared with fibres previously removed from tampons (CMC, polyester, polyacrylate rayon)….“In sum, women who are without protective levels of antibody to TSST-1 and use non all-cotton tampons are at the greater risk of TSS.”

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