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Can J Infect Dis Med Microbiol. 2015 Jul-Aug;26(4):218-20.

A confirmed case of toxic shock syndrome associated with the use of a menstrual cup.

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1
Department of Medicine;
2
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada.

Abstract

in English, French

Menstrual cups have been reported to be an acceptable substitute for tampons. These flexible cups have also been reported to provide a sustainable solution to menstrual management, with modest cost savings and no significant health risk. The present article documents the first case of toxic shock syndrome associated with the use of a menstrual cup in a woman 37 years of age, using a menstrual cup for the first time. Toxic shock syndrome and the literature on menstrual cups is reviewed and a possible mechanism for the development of toxic shock syndrome in the patient is described.

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Feminine hygiene products; Menstrual cups; Staphylococcus aureus; Toxic shock syndrome; Vaginal cups

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