Moldy Tampon Takes Period Ick Factor to Whole New Level

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moldy tamponTampon of Terror!Okay, when I find a teensy spot of mold on a loaf of bread, I bring it back to the grocery store and demand a refund. If I opened up a brand-new tampon and found it covered in staggeringly horrific mold splotches, I'd ... I'd ... well, I'd be permanently scarred, I can tell you that much.

Or maybe I'd do what Danielle, the woman who actually had this unfortunate experience, did: She took a picture of the Tampon of Terror and posted it on her blog, then sent a complaint email to Kotex. Because this was a big deal! Especially when you consider what could've happened ...

As Danielle pointed out in her post:

And to think, if I hadn't accidentally popped half the tampon out of the applicator while I was getting it out of the packaging, I would have NEVER KNOWN. I am freaked right out! Makes you wonder how many times things like this happen to tampons and we don't have a clue.

Gah! It does make me wonder, and I don't want to wonder! And the response Kotex sent back to Danielle doesn't help matters much:

We understand how distressing it can be to find mold on a product that is used for personal hygiene and apologize for your concern. In instances where it has been found, we conducted tests on the product involved and have found the mold to be a common environmental species that carries no health risk. The vegetative mold is similar in nature to mold on vegetables or in baked goods.

Um ... no health risk?! Simply being exposed to mold environmentally or eating moldy food can cause yeast infections -- what do they think actually sticking a moldy object inside one's lady parts is going to do?!?!?!

Oh, but it gets better. This is my favorite part of the Kotex response:

With the hope that you will continue to use SECURITY tampons with confidence, we are sending you some coupons through the mail for your use on future purchases.

Maybe they should've sent her some coupons for Monistat instead.

Gross. I'm guessing this doesn't happen all that often, but the fact that it happened at all is disconcerting, to say the least. Maybe not enough to give up tampons entirely, but definitely enough to give up Kotex.

Does this story make you think twice about tampons?


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Lynette Lynette

there are people who are horribly allergic to mold.  Imagine if someone w/ an allergy put one of those in!  ACK

SamNS... SamNStefanMommy

I am allergic to mold. "Safe" mold or not, that would make me deathly ill.

Bekki... BekkieBoodle

ummmm.... I will never use Kotex. 

Water... Water_geM

i have an allergy to mold..and their response would disturb me...

i dont go around stiking moldy produce in my vag.they need to try better than it wont kill you response.

BriLee BriLee

Before switching to the Diva Cup I used OB which doesn't have an applicator. Glad I don't/didn't use those. Gah!! Icky! I have returned cheese and such that has mold on it. I understand that happens with food but not with tampons. There are so many chemicals in them that I'm not surprised. Glad I switched!

ashjo85 ashjo85

Oh hell, Kotex is my brand! Thank god I'm pregnant at the moment. . .

the4m... the4mutts

I'm slightly ashamed to admit this online... U by kotex did it to me. I got a moldy tampon. Within 2 hrs of inserting it, I became itchy, and red, in that area. I removed it, and started to wrap it in TP to throw in the trash, when I noticed that there wasn't much of anything on it... except black mold.

I opened the other ones in the pack, and there was 2 more molded.

I went to the dr, who gave me some Rx Cream, and it took a week to clear up.

I called custmer service and they said it was my fault for storing them under my bathroom sink. Except, ya know, that I DIDN'T. I had just bough the pack the day before, and had the receipt to prove it

vamom08 vamom08

I use always pads never had a moldy pad I hope she gets a refund and im glad she didnt use it without looking at it.

Evaly... EvalynCarnate

lol Never thought I'd be happy about my medical condition that requires me to wear pads.....PAD POWER! lol

nonmember avatar Brooke

Eek!! @evelyn- me too! I've been so frustrated about not being able to use tampons anymore...until I read this! I cannot believe their excuses! Disgusting! I'm glad she made us all aware of it!

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