Although scientists still do not fully understand the link between TSS and tampons, most medical researchers suspect that tampons introduce oxygen into the vagina, which is normally an oxygen-free area of the body.
Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is an uncommon, but potentially serious, illness that occurs when poisonous substances (toxins) produced by bacteria enter the bloodstream.
Although the majority of cases of TSS occur in menstruating girls and women, the disease may occur in people of any race and age, including children.
Although the risk of TSS is very low, parents may prefer that their daughters use pads rather than tampons when menstruating.
A rare, but serious, condition called toxic shock syndrome (TSS) can be connected to tampon use.