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Tampax Pearl Tampons
Causing Serious Vaginal Problems-Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor The story is that an
unnamed woman who had been using Tampax Pearl tampons for five
months had a series of problems including yeast infections. Visits
to doctors don't provide relief. At one point, the woman
discovers that fibers from the tampon have been accumulating in her
vagina. The email postulates that the fiber mass was both
causing the problems and preventing doctors from finding the
cause. It says the lady is thinking about filing a lawsuit and
fearing Toxic Shock Syndrome.
According to the folks at Procter and
Gamble, the maker of the Tampax Pearl tampons, this email was
started by a woman who claims she was relating the experience of a
friend of hers, but the woman has refused to reveal her friend's
identity so the story is without substantiation.
If the story is not true, then it is a fabrication and probably came
from the fears and imagination of a person who felt discomfort about
the Tampax Pearl tampons and wanted to create a story that gave
substance to her warnings.
The fears may have been based on genuine concerns about Toxic Shock
Syndrome (TSS), which can be fatal.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the number of
TSS cases in recent years has been less than a dozen each year, some
of which have been associated with the use of tampons, especially
among young women.
TSS has also occurred, however, in children, men, and
The FDA says a connection between TSS and some types of Tampons has
been suggested, especially associated with materials that are no
longer used in Tampons in the United States.
An FDA report says, "Vaginal dryness and ulcerations may occur
when women use tampons more absorbent than needed for the amount of
their menstrual flow. Ulcerations have also been reported in women
using tampons between menstrual periods to try to control excessive
vaginal discharge or abnormal bleeding. Women may avoid problems by
choosing a tampon with the minimum absorbency needed to control
menstrual flow and using tampons only during active
For more information,
HERE for the FDA page
HERE for Procter and
Gamble's page about tampon questions.
Last updated 8/1/03
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
women - take note!
Got this forwarded to me from a friend - want to let everyone know about
I know this subject is rather embarrassing, but I was glad my
this message to me, and I hope you will send it along to other
Jean A woman I work with started using the new Tampax Pearl 5
that's when she started getting yeast infections. They got worse
every month and being experienced with yeast infections, she used
over-the-counter treatments. They didn't help. She finally went
doctor, who did a PAP Smear, which didn't reveal anything. As it
she finally went to her OB-Gyn, who also did a PAP Smear. It
positive, but bacteria showed up. She was then given a
a yeast infection and went home. She went back as it got worse
when, one day while using the bathroom, a clump of something came
had no idea what it was initially and threw it away. She quickly
better of it and wrapped it up and brought it with her in a
yet another visit to the doctor. She had figured out what it was
the doctor confirmed it. It was the Tampax Pearl fibers. They had
collecting for the past 5 months! ! She even took an unopened
showed me how the fibers come off so easily. You wouldn't notice
applicator covers it. And how many people open up a tampon and
Well, it hasn't ended yet. When she went in last, the doctor went
some cultures, but found that her cervix was bleeding and it
from getting all the cultures that she needed. The fibers from
are cutting her and making her bleed. But the blood is having a
getting out and so there was a lot of old blood in the way when
tried to take the cultures. Right now, she is not being treated
anything, not until they can figure out how to treat her. Poor
uncomfortable and in pain! Most likely, they'll have to do a
the right letters?) to clean it all out. Another girl that I work
has been using them for a few months and has been having
couldn't figure it out. She won't be using them anymore. I have
just to try them, but will be throwing out any that I have left.
going to go home and inspect my regular tampons to see if fibers
those also. By the way, my friend's doctor is writing a letter to
company and my friend is looking into filing a lawsuit. This is
her in every aspect of her life. She is also very afraid now of
told me and every woman she knows in order to get the word out,
else has to go through this. I said I'd spread the word. I know a
infection is an awful thing to experience, but this is so much
Ladies, Spread the word and take care!
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