A Texas woman got an unpleasant surprise when she unwrapped a Kotex tampon on Tuesday morning: the tampon appeared to be covered in black, moldy spots. (Ew!) This comes a few months after certain Kotex tampons were recalled for bacterial contamination (the two incidents are not known to be linked, though).
Danielle Parr, who discovered the tainted tampon, was rightly disgusted by what she saw and immediately unwrapped the remaining tampons in the box: "After I opened this one, I went through and opened the rest, because I was grossed out," Parr said to WFAA news. Parr also posted pictures of the tampons on her blog and Facebook page.
Kimberly-Clark, the manufacturer of Kotex tampons, stated that there are no known mold issues with their product, and a representative called Parr to apologize and say that, although mold has been found on tampons before, it's a "common environmental species that carries no health risk." But Dr. Jay Staub, an OB/GYN interviewed by WFAA, stated that while a moldy tampon may not be life-threatening, "I suppose there can be a risk of infection because you're putting mold in the vagina," he said.
What would you do if you opened a tampon to find mold on it?