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Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on December 30th, 2015 03:17 pm (UTC)
Sure, it's possible.
It's more likely to get it from tampons.
And it's even MORE likely to get TSS from nasal packing after a nose job.

In most tampon cases, it was user error in that it was forgotten or left in for too long. Or the user already had a compromised immune system -- whether she knew it or not.

A line from a training video: "A XYZ is as dangerous as the person using it."
Similarly: "A cup/tampon is as hygienic as the person using it."
elisamba on December 30th, 2015 07:08 pm (UTC)
That's really too bad, I'm glad she pulled through. I hope this rare case does not discourage people because as the article points out, even men can get TSS. We're back to the old "correlation does not equal causality", although the end of the article does give you something to think about.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on December 30th, 2015 08:49 pm (UTC)
Doesn't it also require that the woman carry Group B strep inside her vagina? Which only like 20% of the population does?
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on December 30th, 2015 09:03 pm (UTC)
OK, read the article and almost immediately saw this:

"She used appropriate hygiene when handling and changing the cup, but retrospectively reported causing a small abrasion during one of her initial insertions."

It wasn't the cup that caused it. She friggin' scratched herself. That would cause potential TSS even WITHOUT having worn any sort of menstrual device. It was super irresponsible of these people to publish an article saying that the CUP did it, then...

Wash under your nails and keep your nails short enough that you're not gouging yourself in the vag. Not that hard. (OK, I'm a pianist, so I can't even understand the appeal of having long nails anyway...)

Don't be Peter Griffin here:

Basically, the difference between tampons and cups is that tampons can CAUSE the scratches that will let bacteria into the bloodstream by sucking out all the lubricating fluid inside the vag and then rubbing up against the wall. Because cups don't absorb that fluid, their rubbing up against the wall shouldn't cause scratches unless there is a really rough seam (in which case, you have a nasty-cheap or defective cup and why did you insert it in the first place then?)

Edited at 2015-12-31 02:55 pm (UTC)
bklynmom on December 31st, 2015 03:04 pm (UTC)
Seems a bit like blaming the victim. It's distressing to think you could still get TSS if you change to cups if that's one of the reasons you changed. But I don't think we should feel like it's her fault. I imagine she's not the only person to scratch herself putting in or taking out a cup. So, this is a reminder to take getting sick (fever and chills and possibly a rash) seriously if you have your period, even if you're wearing a cup. Great that this is the only case reported. It's rare but still possible.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on January 3rd, 2016 06:39 pm (UTC)
I don't generally think it's good practice to blame the victim but keeping your nails short and well groomed is part of "good hygiene" as required for the use of any product that has very close contact with your body. Imagine if the same thing had happened to her eye while trying to insert a contact!
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on January 5th, 2016 04:11 pm (UTC)
Basically, when it boils down to it--the causative agent for the infection was the scratch, not the cup. She could've scratched herself on any other occasion, even while not on her period (though your immune system is a bit "down" when on your period, as several recent posts have cited, so just being in that part of your cycle predisposes you to infections). There are plenty of occasions that might cause one to stick a finger in the vag when not using a cup, like if you're adjusting a NuvaRing, checking an IUD string, giving yourself a little love, etc. And in all those cases it's possible to get TSS from the scratch if you have the wrong creepy crawlies colonizing your nether regions.

I'm really glad arylisa posted this though--it's important to see how, even in scholarly publications, things can be twisted.

Edited at 2016-01-05 07:18 pm (UTC)