Toxic Shock Syndrome: It's Not Just About Tampons

06/22/2015 10:38 am ET | Updated Jun 22, 2015
Birgit Reitz-Hofmann

A Vice story published on Wednesday about a 27-year-old who had part of her right leg amputated three years ago after being hospitalized with toxic shock syndrome (TSS) has nearly every woman we know posting Facebook declarations that they're switching to the Diva Cup. The victim, Lauren Wasser, claims the illness was the result of using a tampon and she is suing Kotex.

It’s true that TSS, a complication of bacterial infections, has been associated with tampon use, but it doesn’t only happen in women and you don’t need to stop using tampons just because of this article. Here are questions you might have.

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