[Endometriosis in tampon users]

Curationis. 1999 Mar;22(1):12-5.
[Article in Afrikaans]


Endometriosis has been recognized as one of the possible causes for infertility. If endometriosis occurs more often in a women who uses tampons comparing to those who do not, it is an important point of discussion to the modern women and nurses. Recent research (van Rijswijck & Botha, 1997) indicated that a correlation between the use of tampons during menstruation and endometriosis exists. It seems that an educational program, by primary health care workers, indicating the potential dangerous effects of tampon use will lower the incidence of endometriosis, thus the problems with infertility could lesson and optimal health care to women could be improved.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Endometriosis / epidemiology
  • Endometriosis / etiology*
  • Endometriosis / prevention & control
  • Female
  • Health Education
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Infertility / etiology
  • Menstrual Hygiene Products / adverse effects*
  • Risk Factors