Amenorrhea, irregular periods, or complete lack of periods, can be caused by many things, including stress, eating disorders, too much exercise, weight gain, weight loss, and birth defects.
Sexually Transmitted Disease
Sexually Transmitted Diseases or STD's are infections that you can get from having sex with someone who has the infection. The causes of STDs are bacteria, parasites and viruses. Most STDs affect both men and women, but in many cases the health problems they cause can be more severe for women.
Toxic Shock Syndrome
Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is a rare but serious and sometimes fatal disease associated with tampon use. About half the cases of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) are associated with tampon use; the remainder occur in men, children and women who are not menstruating.
Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is treatable, but early recognition and treatment are important.
The warning signs of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) include: sudden high fever (usually 102ºF/38.8ºC or higher), vomiting, diarrhea, sunburn-like rash, dizziness, muscle aches and fainting/near fainting when standing up. Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) can rapidly progress from flu-like symptoms to a serious illness that can be fatal. If you have any of these signs, immediately remove your tampon and contact a doctor.
Tell your doctor if you think you may have Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), especially if you have been using tampons.
- The incidence of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) in the U.S. is estimated to be 1-17 cases per 100,000 menstruating women and girls per year. The risk of developing TSS is higher for teens and women under 30.
- Use a tampon with the minimum absorbency required to control your menstrual flow in order to reduce the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). Studies indicate higher absorbency tampons increase the risk of getting Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS).
- You can reduce risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) by alternating tampon use with feminine pads. You can avoid the risk of tampon-associated Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) by not using tampons.
- Consult your doctor before using tampons again if you have had Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) warning signs in the past.
- If an allergic reaction or irritation occurs from using tampons, discontinue use and consult your doctor.
- Consult your doctor if you have any questions about Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) or tampon use.
Vulvodynia, also known as "chronic vulvar pain," is characterized by burning, irritation, and pain around the opening of the vagina. This can be caused by any number of reasons, including nerve injury. Please consult a doctor if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.