Suzan Hutchinson addresses Toxic Shock Syndrome On Holy Hormones Honey! August 13

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Monday night’s interview with Suzan Hutchinson on Toxic Shock Syndrome is now posted.

Every mother and daughter should listen to this informative, yet disturbing show on the damage toxic tampons are doing to our reproductive and endocrine health.

Did you know that toxic tampons are also linked to endometriosis, PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, TSS and the 1.7 million hysterectomies performed annually?  and did you know that the fibers and chemicals in tampons may also be causing health problems in our partners?  Listen to this interview.  It will make you think twice about what you insert into your vagina!


Join Leslie Carol Botha  on Monday August 13 on Holy Hormones Honey! when she interviews tampon-related Toxic Shock Syndrome survivor Suzan Hutchinson.  This important interview will be audio streamed on KRFC FM – from 6 to 7 pm MDT.

Suzan Hutchinson is a TSS survivor and is the Director of Connectivity for You ARE Loved, a non profit with two missions: to raise awareness about tampon related Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) and provides factual menstrual information.

Toxic Shock Syndrome Basic Facts

Toxic Shock Syndrome develops when the common bacteria, Staphylococcus Aureus, produce a toxin which is absorbed into the bloodstream. The toxin rapidly overwhelms the immune system and attacks the major organs, leading to kidney failure, collapse of the lungs and in severe cases, cardiac arrest. Alarmingly, half of all known cases of Toxic Shock are women using TAMPONS.

  • TSS is real, it’s common, and it kills
  • 1 in 700 women will get tampon related TSS
  • TSS can strike any woman or girl without warning and can act so rapidly that more fatalities among tampon users are inevitable.
  • TSS now occurs and affects primarily young, otherwise healthy women.

Blog Post on by Suzan
July 28, 20122

I am a victim of tampon related TSS.

I started my first period at 15. My only option was thick, bulky, ill fitting pads. They leaked—often through my clothes and onto the chair I sat on. I came to hate my period.

At the age of 17 I discovered the freedom tampons could bring to my red days.

So, when Rely tampons offered to last longer, absorb more and leak less I tried them.

Within three days I was too ill to get out of bed without help. Tampon related Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) was ravaging my body—and my doctor said it was the flu.

It was my GYN who diagnosed my as having TSS when I saw him a couple of months later—after I recounted my illness to him and how I slowly began to improve after removing the Rely tampon.

I was told to NEVER use tampons again.

Never is a long time when you have heavy periods and an active life. My only solution was to wear a pad and leak or return to tampons.

Tampons once again ruled my periods—for a while.

A new line of pads came on the market and I put tampons aside. Then one day while browsing the “feminine aisle” I cam across a box of Instead Softcup. I had heard of reusable menstrual cups but here was something different—a disposable and discrete product. I bought a box. I tried them. And, afterward I bought more and handed some out to my friends.

Each time I inserted a tampon I thought of TSS and the horrible risk I was taking. With Instead Softcup I have no such worries.

I am a survivor of tampon related TSS.

Hardly a day goes by that I don’t find myself wondering if my health problems originated with TSS. And, if continued us of tampons following TSS further impacted my life in a negative way.

I am a volunteer for You ARE Loved, a nonprofit organization founded by Lisa Elifritz after the death of her daughter, Amy, due to tampon related Toxic Shock Syndrome. We strive to raise awareness of TSS and provide factual information about menstruation.

For more information on TSS and You ARE Loved please visit our website, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Spread the word—You ARE Loved!

Suzan Hutchinson
You ARE Loved
Director of Connectivity


Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.