Menstrual cup and toxic shock, what is the real danger?

Toxic Shock Syndrome comes up regularly in many discussions. It is a rare infectious disease caused by bacteria: staphylococcus aureus which spreads through the body. But then what are the symptoms and risks of toxic shock syndrome? Are tampons and menstrual cups dangerous? and how to use your cup with care? 

What is Toxic Shock Syndrome?

Syndromes to recognize toxic shock syndrome

Toxic shock syndrome is a rare disease. If it remains an orphan disease, it is still important to know of its existence. 
It is caused by bacteria called Staphylococcus aureus (S-aureus) who lodges in the vagina in women (also in the nose, throat, digestive tract and skin). 

A woman carrying the S-aureus bacterium and who uses an internal periodic protection in the wrong way within which the blood stagnates (tampon, cup) is more likely to suffer from toxic shock. 

Toxic shock syndrome can be cured if detected in time. The first symptoms resemble the flu: a sudden fever, vomiting/diarrhoea, muscle pain, rashes that look like sunburn, headaches... Then in a second time more serious symptoms are triggered: tension low blood pressure and racing heart. 

It was for this reason that it went undetected for many years. Therefore, if you suffer from fever and vomiting during your cycle, do not forget to inform the doctors so that they examine you.

Link between menstrual cup and toxic shock

We already know that improper use of tampons can lead to toxic shock. What about the menstrual cup? Are menstrual cups dangerous?  

A study was conducted by theANSES in January 2020 and revealed the presence of chemicals in menstrual cups. In addition to its composition, improper use of the menstrual cup can cause toxic shock in women. Thus, misused, its menstrual cup can be dangerous and lead to toxic shock syndrome, but it still represents a small risk. 

Ladies, rest assured, Louloucup is not part of this study. The Louloucup cup is made from 100% medical silicone et Made in France. It does not contain phthalates or bisphenol A and is latex and fragrance free. A solution healthy, comfortable et ecological industrial printing process.

Nevertheless, today, menstrual toxic shock is a lot of talk, let's continue to do prevention and ensure that the menstrual cup is well used by all women.

Tips to limit the risks cup toxic shock

Use your cup with care 

The menstrual cup does not represent any danger if you respect all necessary precautions before use: 

    • Wait for the start of your period before using your cup to avoid vaginal dryness. 
    • Wash your hands properly with solid soap.  In addition to being committed to menstrual poverty, it is important to us to fight against global warming. Thus, we advise you to use a solid soap in order to reduce our CO2 impact. 
    • Do not wear your menstrual cup for more than 6 hours. She can stay 4 to 6 hours (8 hours at night) depending on your flow. 
    • Clean your menstrual cup at least once a day with clear water and a mild fragrance-free soap or an intimate gel 
    • Sterilize your cup each cycle in boiling water or in the microwave. 
    • Opt for a menstrual cup adapted to your flow so that there is as little air as possible in your vagina and thus prevents the bacteria from developing. It is for this reason that we offer two sizes by Louloucup : size M if your flow is important and size S if your flow is normal. 
    • listen to your body to find out whether or not you have any symptoms

LoulouCup takes care of your body 

The goal is not to ban the menstrual cup but to ensure that women are aware of the proper use of it and the risks it can cause. 

The cup is a healthy, ecological and economical alternative tampons and sanitary napkins. By respecting the advice mentioned above, you have very little chance of causing toxic shock syndrome. 

Each menstrual cup comes with a job guide to accompany you and if you want more information, we have a comprehensive online guide to menstrual cups.