Léona, her experience of toxic shock syndrome

Léona, son expérience du syndrôme choc toxique

Meet Léona, who contracted TSS during a trip to Australia in 2017. The cause: wearing a tampon.

From her first symptoms to the management of her disease, she explains how her views on intimate hygiene, her menstrual cycle and her periods have changed radically since this event.

Léona, what symptoms did you have when you contracted toxic shock syndrome?

"Although each case is unique, the main symptoms I experienced were migraines, malaise and stomach aches to the point of unconsciousness."

ANSE and the gynecologists we interviewed explain that the symptoms of toxic shock syndrome are often likened to those of stomach flu.

Léona, in your opinion, is the only way to contract TSS the wearing of a tampon?

"The gynecologist told me that wearing a tampon, a cup or practicing free instinctive flow amounts to the same thing. In fact, one of the causes of TSS is the fact that blood stagnates in your body, encouraging the growth of bacteria. Also, I never wore my tampons for more than three hours! And Laura Wasser, the model who had both her legs amputated due to toxic shock, also never wore her tampon for more than three hours.xtagstartzspan style="font-weight: 400;">."

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