Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)

If you thought this highly dangerous illness went away after the near-epidemic from almost 40 years ago, you’re not alone.  Unfortunately, the risk of TSS is still with us.  It’s rare but still very serious.  Here’s what the Mayo Clinic has to say (emphasis added):

“If you use tampons, read the labels and use the lowest absorbency tampon you can. Change tampons frequently, at least every four to eight hours. Alternate using tampons and sanitary napkins, and use minipads when your flow is light.”

Check these three resources for more info: here, here, here, here, or here.  Here are links to a short summary in English and Spanish.

"Pad Man" Movie

The need for an affordable, reliable supply of feminine hygiene products is a global one, as portrayed in the recent move “Pad Man”.  The movie is now available on Netflix, and you can see the very entertaining movie trailer here.

Period Party

This article describes a May 2018 “Period Party” to mark Menstrual Hygiene Day

Happy Period

Read about #happyperiod, one of a number of groups around the country promoting a more enlightened view about menstruation.

Arizona Prisons Yield to Pressure to Provide Tampons

The need for these products extends within the walls of prisons, as noted in this article.

Proctor & Gamble’s “End Period Poverty” Campaign

This ad ran in late summer of 2018 in national newspapers, highlighting P&G’s Always brand’s commitment to helping address this problem.  Click here for details.

Sustainable Alternatives - and Tips from OB/GYNs

There are many alternatives to disposable tampons and pads, including period underwear described here and here, including use for teens. There are several kinds of reusable products described here. Also, here are tips for proper use of all kinds of menstrual products (sustainable and disposable).

Suggestions from OB/GYNs

Here are tips for using sustainable and disposable products safely and properly.

Sign the Petition to End Period Poverty

Join in the effort to mobilize awareness and action across the US - view and sign this petition sponsored by Thinx.

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