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Since about half of reported TSS cases occur in women using tampons, it's wise to choose menstrual products that are least likely to contribute to it. TSS, which is caused by bacterial toxins, is a rare but potentially fatal disease.

Ericka White Searles, MD
Country Club Hills, IL
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Obstetrics & Gynecology
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Female
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Medical School: Finch U Of Hs/Chicago Med Sch, North Chicago Il 60664
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Dorothy Ruth Anoina, MD
(708) 283-0376
17800 Kedzie Ave
Hazel Crest, IL
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Obstetrics & Gynecology
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Female
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Medical School: Finch U Of Hs/Chicago Med Sch, North Chicago Il 60664
Graduation Year: 1991
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Hospital: South Suburban Hosp, Hazel Crest, Il
Group Practice: Advocate Health Ctr

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Anjali Thukral, MD
(718) 883-3000
19150 South Kedzie Avenue South
Flossmoor, IL
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Female
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Medical School: Topiwala Nat'L Med Coll, Univ Of Bombay, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1988

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Nanette M James Patrick, MD
(708) 679-1890
17800 Kedzie Ave
Hazel Crest, IL
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Obstetrics & Gynecology
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Female
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Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1988

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Edgar R Del Castillo, MD
(708) 798-7760
17850 Kedzie Ave
Hazel Crest, IL
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Obstetrics & Gynecology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Prog Acad De Med, Lima, Peru
Graduation Year: 1970

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Valeria T Fullwood, MD
(713) 757-1000
Country Club Hills, IL
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Obstetrics & Gynecology
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Female
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Medical School: Umdnj-New Jersey Med Sch, Newark Nj 07103
Graduation Year: 1998

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Sharon Denise Smith, MD
17800 Kedzie Ave
Hazel Crest, IL
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Obstetrics & Gynecology
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Female
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Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1983

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Peter Teune, DO
(708) 798-4999
17850 Kedzie Ave Ste 3250
Hazel Crest, IL
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Family Practice, Gynecology
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Male
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Medical School: Chicago Coll Of Osteo Med, Midwestern Univ, Chicago Il 60615
Graduation Year: 1963
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Hospital: Ingalls Mem Hosp, Harvey, Il
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(708) 799-7780
17850 Kedzie Ave
Hazel Crest, IL
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17680 S Kedzie Ave
Hazel Crest, IL
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By Anna Soref

For many women, choosing a monthly supply of menstrual products is a no-brainer—toss some tampons and pads into the shopping cart, and it’s on to the toothpaste aisle. But there may be more than meets the eye to these seemingly simple products.

Most conventional menstrual products contain synthetic fibers that may be a factor in toxic shock syndrome (TSS). Many of them also contain perfumes and other potentially harmful chemicals that may pose long-term health consequences. By learning how to choose these products carefully and use them properly, you can avoid health risks without sacrificing protection.

Ingredients matter

Of all the personal hygiene products, the tampon raises the most important health issues because it sits for hours surrounded by some of the female body’s most porous membranes. “The vagina absorbs quite readily,” says Dr. Philip M. Tierno, director of clinical microbiology and diagnostic immunology at New York University Medical Center. “When you put a chemical substance in the vagina, it’s in the bloodstream a half hour later.”

No wonder it’s important to know what’s in your tampons. And that should be as easy as reading the label, right? Well, not really. No one requires tampon manufacturers to list ingredients on their packages, so you need some savvy if you want to make wise choices.

Since about half of reported TSS cases occur in women using tampons, it’s wise to choose menstrual products that are least likely to contribute to it. TSS, which is caused by bacterial toxins, is a rare but potentially fatal disease. A lot of controversy exists over what it is about tampons that increases TSS risk, but two widely agreed-upon factors are the tampon’s absorbency and amount of time it is left in place. Another less clear factor may be the material from which the tampon is made. As a rule, most conventional tampons are made of rayon or a cotton/rayon blend. Rayon is a synthetic fiber made from wood pulp, and while it is more absorbent than cotton, Tierno claims it increases a woman’s risk of TSS. “Rayon provides a perfect chemical condition for production of staph [Staphylococcus aureus, the bacterium usually responsible for TSS],” says Tierno. And he asserts that not one case of TSS has resulted from a 100 percent cotton tampon.

Dioxin presents another reason to be concerned about the rayon or conventional cotton used in tampons. A byproduct from the chlorine used to bleach those fibers, dioxin is a probable carcinogen, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Until several years ago, conventional feminine protection manufacturers were using chlorine to bleach the wood pulp used in their products. Under pressure from the FDA, manufacturers abandoned this chlorine bleach and now use hydrogen peroxide or chlorine dioxide (a different agent from chlorine). But the FDA recently reported that traces of dioxin are still present in mainstream tampon products—even 100 percent cotton ones.

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