Teen Athlete Warns Menstruation Cup Helped Cause Serious Infection That Needed Op

Story By: Lisa-Maria Goertz, Sub-Editor: Joana Mihajlovska, Agency: Newsflash

A young Argentine athlete has warned other women to be careful using menstruation cups after claiming she ended up with a serious infection that needed an operation.

Paloma Giordano, 18, said she underwent the operation at the Sanatorium Mater Dei in the city of La Plata in the eastern Argentine province of Buenos Aires.

She said: “I want to tell you about my hospitalisation and surgery for an infection caused by using a cup. Help spread the word so my story reaches all those girls who use it, and they can be attentive to the symptoms!”

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Paloma, a member of the Argentine water ski team, described how she began to experience intense pain and swelling and was admitted to hospital where she developed a high fever.

She said: “The pain was inexplicable: I couldn’t move my body, I couldn’t move my legs… After a while, they told me that they were going to have to operate on me.

“I had an infection, peritonitis, in my left tube. It is, as the doctors explained to me, a bacterium that entered my vagina and went to my tubes.”

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Instagram follower ‘Sandrabernalsfe’ said: “For the same reason, they said it was not good to use tampons 100 percent of the time during menstruation because there is a risk of infections, which sometimes happen.”

Paloma soon clarified on Instagram for her 104,000 followers that she was not blaming the cup, but just warning others to be wary of the symptoms.

She said: “What happened to me was generated by a bacterium and not the cup. It could have happened to me with a tampon, a wipe, or an intrauterine device (IUD).

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“My intention was not to scare anyone, but to warn them to be careful in the face of certain symptoms.”

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