Safety Information / TSS

TSS is a rare but serious disease that may cause death. There are scientific studies that have concluded that tampons contribute to the cause of TSS.

The reported risks are higher to women under 30 years of age and teenage girls. The incidence of TSS is estimated to be between 1 and 17 cases per 100,000 menstruating women and girls per year.

You can avoid any possible risk of getting tampon-associated TSS by not using tampons.

If you choose to use tampons, you can reduce your risk of contracting TSS by selecting the minimum absorbency needed to control your menstrual flow. You can also reduce your risk by alternating tampon use with sanitary napkin use.

Warning signs of TSS are: Sudden fever (usually 102 degrees or more) and vomiting, diarrhea, fainting or nearly fainting when standing up, dizziness or a rash that looks like sunburn. Other signs include aching of muscles and joints, redness of the eyes, sore throat and weakness.

If any of these signs of TSS appear, you should remove the tampon at once, discontinue use and see your doctor immediately.

Check with your doctor before using tampons again if you have had warning signs of TSS in the past.

Dittie Pearlized Plastic Applicator Tampons are available in two ranges of absorbencies: Regular Absorbency (6–9 grams) and Super Absorbency (9–12 grams).

Each range represents the grams of fluid that can be absorbed by all manufacturers' tampons based on a standardized laboratory test. Use this information to compare the absorbencies of these tampons to other brands.

Select the minimum absorbency tampons needed to control your menstrual flow in order to reduce the risk of contracting TSS.

If you have any further questions about tampon use, please check with your doctor.