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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Lesle... LesleyMaples

Makes me very glad I'm on Depo Provera and don't have periods! That tampon had to have gotten damp before they wrapped it.  Those wrappers should be adequate to keep it from getting wet from humidity, and you would think the bleaching would prevent bacteria growth like that.  EW ... And the cups, I could barely get a Nuva Ring positioned, I can't even imagine trying to get that in and out without a disaster.  I am too uncoordinated.

nonmember avatar whateva

I don't believe this woman for one minute. Who pops the product out of the plastic tubing before using? Oh I'm SURE it was "accidental" says the litigious litigator to what I'm sure will be a sympathetic jury cherry picked by a consultant to be filled with horrified women. Sounds like another get rich quick scheme. Another reason to remember some skepticism and not believe everything that comes out of some 'victims' soon to be money grubbing mouth... Odds she will sue? I'll bet the $650 million dollar jackpot the answer is YES!

Char_... Char_gal4

Use pads.  Or, OB tampons.  No applicator, but you can see the whole tampon in the cellophane. 

House... HouseofTwits

Boycotting Kotex isn't necessarily going to resolve the issue, since this could happen to any tampon that's "delivered" by a plastic or cardboard sheath applicator.  It's been a while since I had to buy any, but I recall that OP tampons have no applicator and they are (were?) plainly visible through the clear wrappers.  That's what I would do, or I'd check out some of the alternatives, such as the cups.  According to many reviews I've read, they're not as weird or icky as one might think! :)

Judith K Littles

ughh!!!! i'm going to definitely stick with OB. This is scarey and too disgusting. "causes no health risk?????" Seriously

Naomi Guiney

glad Im not able to use tampons anymore after my daughter thats 7 now i havent been able to use them have to use pads

nonmember avatar EllieLaBarr

Wow! So glad I switched to the Diva Cup and cloth pads/liners. Very scary to think what sort of nastiness lurks in tampons.

Shannon Herrington

Lunette cup and cloth pads all the way! Remember there are different types of cups for everybody!

_brownie _brownie

I've started using the Diva Cup.  I use to be a Playtex girl but I considered the health risk and it was less expensive to change.  

anton... antoniojose

that's why i use cloth pads. less chemicals = less interference

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