WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- On Tuesday, Kimberly-Clarke announced a voluntary recall of its regular absorbency U tampon after users complained that it unraveled while inside their bodies.
- Consumers who sought medical help reported infections with vaginal irritations and vaginal injuries caused by the tampon.
- Although users are advised not to panic if unraveling occurs, it is suggested that they see a doctor immediately to avoid infections.
Due to a quality-related defect, a certain Kotex tampon product is being recalled. Reports from consumers say that their tampons unraveled when they tried to take it out leaving bits of it inside their bodies.
In a statement, the voluntary recall was announced by its manufacturer Kimberly-Clark on Tuesday, adding that some users had to seek medical attention to have the tampon pieces removed with reports of infection, vaginal irritation and injury.
Affected by the recall is the product “U by Kotex Sleek Tampons, Regular Absorbency” sold in the US and Canada. These were all manufactured between October 7, 2016, and October 16, 2018, and were distributed between October 17, 2016, and October 23, 2018. It also includes 3, 18, and 34-count packages, as well as the 34-count packs that come with 17 regular absorbency tampons.
For users who have not experienced any unraveling, be alert for symptoms of infections just in case. If you notice any symptoms that include a strong odor, irritation, and abnormal discharge seek medical help.
Meanwhile, there are a few steps to take to avoid infection if you noticed that your tampon has fallen apart when you take it out. Dr. Christine Greves, an Ob-Gyne at Orlando Health in Florida tells Health: To see if you can get the remaining pieces out yourself, place your fingers inside your vagina while in a relaxed position. If it doesn’t work, call your doctor and set up an appointment.
“Don’t panic, this isn’t something you need to rush to the E.R. for,” she says. “But at the same time, don’t wait too long. There’s a risk of infection and potentially toxic shock syndrome any time a foreign object is left in the vagina. As long as you call your doctor ASAP, you’ll be fine.”
Attention to Users: Double check that your specific box is not affected by the recall. If you are planning on buying regular absorbency U by Kotex Sleek or if you already have these at home, compare the lot number on the bottom of the box to the list of recalled lot numbers in the company’s online lot checker.