Kotex Tampons Recalled After Reports They Unraveled in People's Bodies

Posted on December 12, 2018

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Stores across the United States and Canada are pulling some Kotex Tampons off their shelves after the manufacturer issued a recall due to a "quality-related defect" that saw the tampon unravel and leave pieces inside consumers' bodies.

The recall was issued by Kimberly-Clark, after several customers reported the tampons unraveled or come apart during removal. Others reported needing medical attention to remove tampon pieces that remained in their body while some people reported infection, irritation and injury, the company said.

The recall affects all U by Kotex Sleek Tampons, Regular Absorbency, which were manufactured between Oct. 7 2016 and Oct. 16, 2018. You can identify whether you have any of the recalled products by locating the lot number on the bottom of the package and matching it on their website.

No other U by Kotex-branded products have been affected by the recall, Kimberly-Clark said. Anyone who still owns any of the affected product should immediately stop using the tampons, the company said.

Customers don't need to return the product to the store and instead should contact the company's customer service team regarding the recall for further instructions at 1-888-255-3499 between 7:30 a.m. - 7:00 .m. Central Time, Monday through Friday.

Any consumers who experienced vaginal injury (such as pain, bleeding or discomfort), or vaginal irritation (itching or swelling), urogenital infections (bladder and/or vaginal bacterial and/or yeast infections), or other symptoms such as hot flashes, abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting following use of the impacted product are being urged to seek immediate medical attention.