what the companies say:
from the kotex Q&A about Toxic Shock Syndrome page:
"How can I reduce my chance of getting TSS?
Probably the single best thing you can do is to use the
lowest absorbency or size tampon that meets your
menstrual flow needs. You may also be able to reduce
your chance of getting TSS during menstruation by
alternating tampon use with pad use."
from the Tampax web site:
"What is the link between TSS and tampon use?
The link is not clearly understood. However, tampon research shows that the risk of
tampon-related TSS is associated with absorbency: the higher the absorbency the higher the risk;
the lower the absorbency the lower the risk. That is why a woman should always use the lowest
absorbency tampon for her menstrual flow.
Can the risk of tampon-related TSS be reduced?
There are several things that can be done.
Women should use the lowest absorbency tampon for their menstrual flow. The risk of
tampon-related TSS may also be reduced by using pads as an alternative from time to time during
from the Johnson and Johnson website:
" . . . we are responsible . . . to the world community . . . Our Credo"
Fact: Tampons that are bleached using chlorine (most of the mainstream brands)
contain dioxin, a highly toxic chemical that is "potentially carcinogenic, . .
. toxic to the immune system and a cause of birth defects . . . dioxin is
cumulative and slow to disintegrate, [therefore] the real danger comes from
repeated contact." (p.s. pads contain dioxin too . . . so do most paper
products . . .including diapers)
Fact: Most tampons contain synthetic fibers (such as rayon) which create an
ideal environment for the bacteria that causes
Toxic Shock Syndrome
"Pulling The Plug On The Sanitary Protection Industry"
By Karen Houppert (Feb. 7th, 1995 Village Voice article)
AUGH! So what CAN I use?
silly, there are alternatives available . . . a good list of alternative
tampons and pads can be found at
. . . a list with other alternatives can be found at
the red spot
, including menstrual cups, sea sponges, and the advantages and disadvantages
of all of the above . . .
What to do?
Contact your congresspeople and TELL them to support
"The Tampon Safety and Research Act of 1997," (H.R. 2900), November 11, 1997.
, which will support public funding of research into this. (most research thus
far has been sponsored by the tampon manufacturers).
Don't know who your congressperson is? Click
or call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121.
about the proposed legislation.
and write the companies and tell them that you will not purchase their products
until they are safe!
Edward Fogarty, President
777 Westchester Ave.
White Plains, NY 10604
kotex mail form
Playtex doesn't have a web site yet:
Cal Gauss, President
Playtex Products, Inc.
P.O. Box 7016
Dover, Del. 19903
Johnson and Johnson
feedback form (Personal Product Co. is a subsidiary of J&J)
Johnson & Johnson
One J and J Plaza
New Brunswick, N.J. 08933
Colleen Goggins, President
Personal Products Co. (they make O.B. tampons)
Van Liew Ave.
Milltown, N.J. 08850