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Although exceedingly rare, toxic shock syndrome is a serious, life-threatening, condition that has a higher occurrence during menstruation, particularly among teens and young adults. It isn't always associated with menstruation, but it can also occur in men, women and children, especially if there is any type of skin injury or wound. But, TSS became really well known in the 1970s after a surge in cases was tied to a super absorbent tampon called Rely which was quickly removed from the market. But TSS, being more well-recognized, was found to occur with other brands of tampons, and to date, has even been reported with the use of pads and a menstrual cup. 

TSS is not caused by tampons or other menstrual devices; it’s caused by a...