Recognising the Symptoms of Toxic Shock Syndrome

People often first hear of toxic shock syndrome when they get taught about not leaving a tampon in for too long.

Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a rare but life-threatening condition caused by bacteria getting into the body and releasing harmful toxins. 

It can actually occur to men and children too because it isn’t only about bacteria entering a woman’s body by a tampon, but by other means too. Phoebe Bambury survived TSS simply because she recognised the symptoms. It started with a headache, then she developed muscle pains and began vomiting. Ringing 111 she told the operator that all her symptoms matched TSS, they agreed and told her to immediately get to hospital. Within ten minutes of being in A&A (accident and emergency) Phoebe was hooked up to a drip with a huge fan next to her to try and get her body temperature down.


Phoebe is certain she hadn’t left a tampon in over 8 hours, but the doctors confirmed that her TSS was caused by tampons. Women’s fear over the safety of tampons has led more and more women to use alternatives. One such product is called the Mooncup which is a soft, medical-grade silicone menstrual cup designed to be convenient, safe and eco-friendly. Did you know that there was another option other than tampons and sanitary pads?

One thought on “Recognising the Symptoms of Toxic Shock Syndrome

  1. If this is a very condition it is not needed to be widely put out the symptoms for it. There are many diseases and conditions that are also life threatening so why should we be aware of this conditions symptoms especially.


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