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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mtnc3... mtnc32898

Okay this is definitely freaky and gross. I have occasionally used tampons in the past but not often as theyre just plain uncomfortable for me. I just wanted to state though to all of you saying you wont use kotex again and what not...i wouldnt either because of their response and lack of consideration for their customers but if this can and does happen with KOTEX © tampons, then I dont see why it cant and wouldnt happen with any other brand as well. So aside from their sorry excuse of a response to this young woman...I wouldnt go assuming that you're safe just because you switched brands.

CPN322 CPN322

I've always been very paranoid about toxic shock as I never really feel very well so I've always worried I might not know. It's really obvious something is terribly wrong when that happens to you, right??

Snark... Snarkymom

Wonder if its the plastic applicator contributing to it?  I use old school tampons with the cardboard applicator.  I'm out of fashion, but I trust those a little more.

the4m... the4mutts

Leah- I know, right? There are different risks, and its scary! I wish I could switch to a diva cup type thing *I HATE PADS WITH A PASSION* but I can't find them anywhere, except online.... and I'm not really an online shopper, since I don't have a credit card

jaxmadre jaxmadre

Whaaaa? The brand I use doesn't have an applicator. No probs. I like it.

nonmember avatar Jenniy

I just emailed my brand asking for a clear applicator so everyone (the company and the woman) that the product we are using is clean. I gave them a link to this story. hopefully they will! I really love using tampons (less ick factor to me) but after reading this i may have to stop and figure out somthing else.

suziejax suziejax

it makes me think twice about using them... wow thats aweful!

jagam... jagamama0710

on Mar 30, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Do you have a Whole Foods near you? Mine carries diva cups. 

magic... magicalmommy12

Ugh I am so glad I never use kotex! I always use OB because of the fact that they don't have the applicator and I have an irrational fear that one day the applicator will splinter in there or some shit and I'll have to go to the hospital because I have pieces of plastic stuck inside of me. You can say whatever you want about my fear but this just gives me one more reason to keep using the OB tampons.

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