In older times, females were not so conscious about personal hygiene during mensuration, but now with the advent of medical science, women are aware of the fact that sanitization is compulsory to avoid any infection. Now, it is a fact that women are more prone to infection especially during mensuration. Today, sanitary pads are being used by almost all females in urban as well as rural areas to escape the problem.
Maxi pads are specially designed for women with heavy/excessive bleeding during mensuration. They are made of a highly absorbent material to avoid any staining. These pads have almost double absorbent power than the regular pads.
So, now as you know, women are aware of their hygiene and safety; hence, while using pads (maxi pads), they should also be aware of TSS – Toxic Shock Syndrome, which many females have been suffering from, and maxi pads can be the reason behind it.
Toxic Shock Syndrome
Toxic Shock Syndrome or TSS is a deadly disease caused by the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. The bacteria permeate into the bloodstream and produce toxins that can damage major organs and even lead to death if left untreated. A physical examination by the doctor and medical test of blood and urine are suggested for diagnosis of Toxic Shock Syndrome.
Why are Maxi Pads causing Toxic Shock Syndrome?
Maxi pads have high absorbent power so when they are filled with blood and the woman using it do not change it for an extended time; the bacteria start growing and enter into the bloodstream. Alternatively, the bacteria are said to infect anyone through any cut or opening in the skin. Maxi pads have fibers to make it more efficient so as to absorb heavy blood flow and it is expected that these fibers can scratch the skin while using and bacteria find a passage to enter into the blood stream.
How to prevent TSS?
- Avoid using Maxi Pads if the blood flow can be controlled by regular pads
- Change the pads regularly after every four to six hours
- Try to use little absorbent Maxi Pads or Tampoon
- If you find any cut in the genital area, clean and treat it early to avoid infection
- Wash your hands regularly especially before changing the pad.
Women are aware of the benefits of using a pad during menstruation, but many women, who use maxi pads, are still not aware of the fact that has been mentioned above. This article is for those women who use maxi pads but do not know that it may cause TSS. So, by following the tips given above, every woman using maxi pad may prevent TSS.