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Love Island’s Maura Higgins reveals health battle after leaving tampon for 3 months


A reality TV star has opened up about her terrifying health battle after forgetting to remove her tampon.

The Island of Love UK Contestant Maura Higgins has revealed she could have died after accidentally leaving a tampon on for three months.

The 31-year-old opened up about her terrifying experience on a British talk show in a bid to raise awareness for toxic shock syndrome.

The Irish woman contracted the disease after forgetting to remove a tampon, which made her increasingly ill.

Maura said she couldn’t understand what was causing her illness but was shocked after a doctor discovered the three-month-old tampon stuck to her cervix.

“I had a really bad experience,” she told ITV Sjump with Keith Lemon.

“I’m not a doctor, I don’t know much about it. [TSS]but I know you’re not supposed to leave a tampon in for more than, I think it’s nine o’clock, I think that’s the maximum.

“There was a buffer in me for three months.

“When the doctor found it, it was stuck to my cervix. I was so sick.

“I didn’t know what was going on.”

Maura Higgin
Maura Higgins said the doctor found the tampon stuck to her cervix.
Instagram/Maura Higgins

Toxic shock syndrome can be fatal and is caused by certain strains of Staphylococcus bacteria entering the body and releasing harmful toxins.

It is usually associated with the use of tampons, but can also occur if bacteria enter the body through an open wound.

Maura explained that the shame and stigma that can often surround the topic of menstrual health could be a reason many are unaware of toxic shock syndrome.

“The young girls may not have noticed,” she said.

“Like you go to a party, what if you get really drunk and forget. These things actually happen and people don’t talk about it.

Maura Higgin
Maura Higgins says she was extremely sick.
Instagram/Maura Higgins

“I even remember being in school, I used to take my tampon out of the bag, roll it up my sleeve, then go to the bathroom like that.

“Thinking back, why did I do that? It’s nothing to be ashamed of, that’s why I think it’s an important topic, right? »

According to Health Direct Australia, those using tampons should use the lowest absorbency needed and change them every four to eight hours.

Symptoms of Toxic Shock Syndrome

  • diarrhea
  • sudden high temperature (40°C or more)
  • confusion
  • dizziness
  • fatigue
  • vomiting
  • sore muscles
  • headache
  • Low blood pressure
  • red eyes, mouth and throat
  • sunburn-like red rash found on hands and feet that peels
  • seizures


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