Briana Hansen
July 19, 2016 11:54 am
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Menstrual cups have skyrocketed in popularity recently, and for a lot of very good reasons. Of course there’s still plenty we need to learn about them, they’re at least a viable alternative to tampons (if those are not really your thing).

The biggest warning a lot of tampon users face is, of course, toxic shock syndrome. And now it’s at least a concern for everyone.

The first case of TSS with a menstrual cup has just been confirmed.

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A 37-year-old woman Diva-cup user went to the doctor with all the symptoms (including fever, cramps, pelvic pain, and abnormal discharge). The woman had begun using the Diva cup ten days before she finally went to the emergency room because her symptoms only worsened. Her health quickly deteriorated further until the doctors were finally able to figure out what was going on and stabilize her.

Because she was a healthy, relatively young woman and there had been no confirmed cases like this before, it was surprising for everyone involved.

Doctors believe that, even though bacteria cannot live in the silicone structure the cups are made out of, that your menstrual blood can still breed an unhealthy environment if you’re not careful.

Obviously we’re not saying everyone should stop using menstrual cups immediately. And with only one confirmed case, you’re still not *statistically* likely to be affected. But with everything you already have to think about when Aunt Flo comes to visit, it’s at least smart to be educated about all the risks involved.

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No doubt menstrual cup makers everywhere will now be aware of these issues and will do everything they can to help make them better for all of us in the future.