Tampon 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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