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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.

Adrienne Philomena George
(850) 877-5767
1219 Hodges Drive
Tallahassee, FL
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Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Roberto Morales
(850) 878-5151
2001 Miccosukee Rd
Tallahassee, FL
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Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Donald Clinton Willis, MD
2433 Mahan Dr
Tallahassee, FL
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Obstetrics & Gynecology, Maternal & Fetal Medicine
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1976

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Efren L Baltazar Jr, MD
(850) 877-0144
Tallahassee, FL
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Obstetrics & Gynecology
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Medical School: Manila Central Univ, Coll Of Med, Caloocan City, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1964

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David Reed O'Bryan, MD
(850) 656-1060
1401 Centerville Rd
Tallahassee, FL
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Obstetrics & Gynecology
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Male
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Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1983

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Todd A Patterson
(850) 431-5354
1300 Miccosukee Rd
Tallahassee, FL
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Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

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Mariano Rodriguez, MD
(305) 274-7800
C-10 8525 SW 92nd Street
Tallahassee, FL
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Obstetrics & Gynecology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Miami Sch Of Med, Miami Fl 33101
Graduation Year: 1969

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Roberto Morales, MD
(850) 878-5151
2001 Miccosukee Rd
Tallahassee, FL
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Obstetrics & Gynecology
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Male
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Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1989

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Samuel Cole Smith, MD
(505) 462-7333
1707 Riggins Rd
Tallahassee, FL
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Obstetrics & Gynecology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1967

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Arthur Stitt Clements, MD
(850) 877-7241
1401 Centerville Rd Ste 202
Tallahassee, FL
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Obstetrics & Gynecology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ De Monterrey, Fac De Med, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
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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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