How to prevent TSS
While TSS can occur with tampon use of any absorbency, the risk increases if you use tampons of a higher absorbency.  That’s why you should always choose the lowest absorbency to suit your flow. This will not only reduce the risk of TSS, it will also making removing a tampon much less uncomfortable. So instead of thinking ‘it’s better to be safe than sorry’ and going for the most absorbent tampon, it’s actually better to go for the lowest absorbency that suits your flow.
Keep your tampon wrapped until the moment you are ready to insert it. After washing your hands, unwrap a fresh, clean tampon just before use, and don’t handle it or put it down on any surface before insertion. If you’ve had a tampon in your bag for a while and the wrapper has become torn throw that tampon away. If the wrapper is ripped, the tampon could get contaminated with bacteria and cause infection.
But there are other precautions to take to reduce your risk of TSS. Only use a tampon when you are sure that you have your period – not when you suspect it’s about to start – and never for everyday discharge. Don’t insert a tampon if it’s painful to do so, and never insert more than one tampon at a time. Always change your tampon regularly, preferably every four hours. The longest you should ever leave a tampon in is eight hours.
Ideally at night time, use a Bodyform sanitary pad when you go to bed rather than a tampon, or if you use a tampon put a fresh one in before going to sleep, making sure you remove it eight hours later at the very latest. If possible, alternate tampons with a sanitary pad during your period. And always make sure you remove your tampon at the end of your period.