TSS Awareness Campaign


There's no better way that I know of to raise awareness about an issue than to talk about it. And, talk about it. And, talk about it some more. The more conversations we have, the more comfortable we become. And, the more comfortable we become, the more open we are. And, the more open we are, the more we accept the need to change what is. And, the more we accept the need to change what is, the more apt we are to take action. And, action is what we need. What IS must … [Read more...]

Jennifer’s Story


My name is Jennifer Ritter.  I am 20 years old and from New Hampshire. My story begins on March 14, 2013. At the time, I was in my spring semester of my junior year of nursing school and had just come back from a spring break trip to Virginia Beach to visit my oldest sister. When I was visiting her I ran out of tampons and bought Super Plus tampons at the drug store, the highest absorbency I had ever used but I didn’t think twice about it. I had gone out with friends the night before my … [Read more...]

Kelly’s Story


  My name is Kelly and I’m 29 years old.  My story began on December 18, 2005.  I woke up not feeling well, but just felt like I had the flu so I called in sick to work.  As day 2 came, I was feeling much worse, very dizzy, tired, throwing up, short of breath, my heart felt like it was beating out of my chest.  I was just nearing the end of my period that day, and I knew with the dizziness I was feeling it wasn't smart to drive so I called my cousin and asked her to pick up another … [Read more...]

Why I Stopped Using Tampons


A guest post by DeAnna Lam I remember seeing a popular tampon ad when I was a girl in Israel, which said: “With tampons – every day of the month is the same!” At the time I thought it was a great thing. Wow! I thought, imagine that! This was when my Mom still didn't allow me to use tampons, saying I was too young. This left me feeling small, even though I was “officially” a woman. Tampons seemed like a mysterious prize, reserved only for the elite grown girls, of whom I wasn't a part. The … [Read more...]

No More Tampons or TSS Worries


A guest post by Ashley MacInnis January 2012 was a pivotal month for me. At 24 years old, I was bidding farewell to an almost five-year-long relationship, which had stemmed to a five-month-old marriage. A single mum who had lost herself in her relationship and motherhood duties, I felt like a ghost of myself. Devastated at the loss of my relationship, I decided I needed to make some changes for me and improve some of the other relationships in my lives – namely, my relationship with myself: … [Read more...]

My Period, My Way


A guest post by Kerry Sauriol I was “lucky” and was a bit of a late bloomer when it came to getting my period.  My mother sagely exclaimed that ‘I was a woman now,’ and handed me this atrocious book about how our bodies worked.  My mom used pads, and therefore so did I.  I honestly don’t recall discussing alternative or periods with anyone at that time, especially any peers.   Those were sparse at that time as we had just emigrated from the UK.  Funnily, I don’t even remember talking about … [Read more...]