Today on the show I’m talking to Sharra Vostral, associate professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University and author of Toxic Shock: A Social History. Sharra explains what Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is, how it’s related to tampons, the TSS crisis of the early ’80s and answers the #1 question I get asked about TSS.

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What we discussed: 

What is Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)
How tampons are related to TSS
The TSS crisis of the 80’s
What we can do to protect ourselves from TSS
Can you get TSS from menstrual cups?

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Resources mentioned in this episode: 

Heavy Flow: Breaking the Curse of Menstruation
Toxic Shock: A Social History

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Produced by: TK Matunda
Music credit: Julia and Bradley of Home Studios
Graphic Design: Rachel Laird