Tampax Pearl Tampons Causing Serious Vaginal Problems–Fiction!
Summary of 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 non-menstruating women.
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 menstruation.”
For more information, CLICK HERE for the FDA page on tampons.
CLICK HERE for Procter and Gamble’s page about tampon questions.
Last updated 8/1/03