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Bacterial Vaginosis - this is when 'bad' bacteria take over from 'good' bacteria within the vagina, which is common during menstruation as menstrual flow differs to the acidic pH of the vagina at other times of the menstrual cycle.

Tampons significantly increase risk of this infection as they provide bacteria with the perfect environment to multiply, they keep menstrual flow in contact with the vagina where it can have a greater effect on pH, chemicals in many brands of tampons can effect pH, and tampons prevent vaginal cleaning.

Toxic shock syndrome is also associated with bacterial growth with tampon use, this is caused when certain bacteria overgrow and start producing TSST-1 toxins that overwhelm the immune system when they enter the body of a person without immunity. TSS is not a bacterial infection but an illness caused by bacterial toxins.
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Bacterial Vaginosis and Toxic Shock Syndrome are both related to tampon use.

The vagina is self-cleaning - discharge flushes out dead cells and bacteria, also discharge is acidic in pH to kill harmful bacteria within the vagina. Tampons prevent vaginal cleaning by plugging-up the vagina and by keeping flow in contact with the vagina it changes pH, between this and the porous environment of the tampon it's the perfect environment for bacteria to multiply.

Bacterial Vaginosis is when certain bacteria multiply to cause a vaginal infection with symptoms that include excessive bad smelling discharge. Toxic Shock Syndrome involves more harmful strains of bacteria that multiply and create toxins which can enter the bloodstream and if a person lacks immunity it overwhelms the immune system causing major organ failure.

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