Toxic Shock Syndrome Is Rare. Here’s What Tampon Users Should Know.

The recent news about Lauren Wasser, a 30-year-old model who had her second leg amputated due to complications of toxic shock syndrome (TSS) has made a lot of women panic. What was once a condition you’d only read about on a box of tampons was suddenly very real for anyone who was following along with Wasser’s story on Instagram.

News like this is always heartbreaking and frightening to hear. But before you ditch your tampons in favor of period panties or diaper-like pads, there are a few things you should know about toxic shock syndrome.

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