4:15 pm - 03/27/2012

Moldy Tampons, anyone?!

I saw this article on the Cloth Pads community and I knew I had to share it with you lovely vagpagineers! I'm disgusted and mortified, and soooo thankful I don't use tampons anymore!

misspaigeb 27th-Mar-2012 10:18 pm (UTC)
Woah that is pretty weird/unsettling. I like Kotex tampons the best too. :-/
ex_swaggerd 27th-Mar-2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
I CAN'T EVEN. Seriously, that's nasty. Now I can't help but wonder how many women have used moldy tampons unknowingly. =/
anowyn 27th-Mar-2012 10:45 pm (UTC)
OMG that is so disgusting. We had mold like that under out kitchen sink; it ended up mostly being water staining mixed with some old plant fertilizer sticks. While it's true that it isn't as harmful as, say, bread mold or black bathroom mold... who would REALLY put that up their yahoo? I MEAN REALLY. D: Yuck.
malidocious 27th-Mar-2012 10:56 pm (UTC)
I... I'm speechless..... :(
quinnthevixen 27th-Mar-2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
Yet another reason I'm so thrilled to be using a diva cup now!
kansassatin 27th-Mar-2012 11:26 pm (UTC)
veenecks 27th-Mar-2012 11:09 pm (UTC)
thats just super gross. I'm glad I don't use that brand of tampons.
dizziedumb 27th-Mar-2012 11:26 pm (UTC)
i love how their reaction is basically, "yes we've totally heard of this before... but don't worry, you eat worse things all the time."

like your GI tract doesn't kill those trace bits of mold on the fruit that you eat... it's made for that! the vagina, while acidic in nature, is a mucous membrane! not someplace you want to shove a dirty petri tampon for several hours! another reason to use sponges or, at least, inserter-free tampons.
dial_zero 1st-Apr-2012 03:12 am (UTC)
LOL @ petri tampon!
nightmer 27th-Mar-2012 11:34 pm (UTC)
Why are sealed tampons moist and mold-friendly enough to grow that sort of thing? D: Even if the mold itself is safe that can't be a good sign . . . and that is not a good response to consumers. I think I may toss out the last few Kotex that I have.
slutty_pants 27th-Mar-2012 11:44 pm (UTC)
Oh jeez. I recently posted about some itching that I've been experiencing while on my period. When I stopped using tampons, the itching went away almost immediately. Although I don't use Kotex tampons, it still makes me wonder if maybe I was having an allergic reaction to something in the tampons. I wonder if other brands are plagued by mold like this, too. How disturbing. Thanks for posting this.
brookiki 28th-Mar-2012 05:24 am (UTC)
It really wouldn't surprise me. I figure that they're all doing the bare minimum required by law to be "safe" and based on the response from Kotex, the bare minimum is pretty minimal.
gf_girlie 27th-Mar-2012 11:56 pm (UTC)
Yay cups!
lilsongbird 28th-Mar-2012 12:23 am (UTC)
I'm more then a little bothered by kotex's response. Also... That is not food mold based on the pics. Food mold is grey or white or green... That is black. Black, orange, yellow and pink molds are the more dangerous types. I'd personally pass that onto the FDA. :/
sabishii_kirito 28th-Mar-2012 12:37 am (UTC)
D: Oh god. Considering how often I get clots, especially when I still used tampons, I wouldn't have even noticed if there was mold on them when I took them out.

So glad I switched to menstrual cups and cloth pads. All of the sanitation is done by myself, so there isn't anyone else to blame.
charissa 28th-Mar-2012 12:39 am (UTC)
I recently switched to cloth pads, but I still use tampons. I'm going to try a cup again, I keep thinking about all the messed up tampons I could of already went through! WAHH
inchoate 28th-Mar-2012 12:39 am (UTC)
Menstrual cups FTW!

But seriously - I can't imagine this could possibly be a good thing. How unsettling.
heatherpantss 28th-Mar-2012 01:44 am (UTC)
Another good reason to use OB tampons.
knittinggoddess 28th-Mar-2012 05:14 am (UTC)
Just what I was thinking, if for no other reason than you can clearly see every outside inch of the tampon through the clear wrapper.
sxechiru 28th-Mar-2012 08:35 pm (UTC)
I'm considering using OB now because of this, especially because I don't want to stop using tampons :/ but I'm worried about how you insert them?
heatherpantss 28th-Mar-2012 10:05 pm (UTC)
Oh it's much easier than those with applicators, in my opinion. The box will explain what to do. You basically just enlarge the top, insert a finger and put it up there. It may seem unpleasant for some, but you get used to it and you just have to wash your hands afterward.
_ocelott_ 28th-Mar-2012 02:01 am (UTC)
Just thinking about this is making my insides all itchy.
rikkitsune 28th-Mar-2012 03:10 am (UTC)

Makes me glad I don't use tampons with applicators. All my tampons are unwrapped, examined and THEN inserted.

But it's just another little nudge in the direction of menstrual cups...
etxeberria 28th-Mar-2012 03:12 am (UTC)
I will forever check my tampons before using them.
begintohope 28th-Mar-2012 06:41 am (UTC)
After reading this, I had to go stare lovingly at my menstrual cups for a few minutes.
swiggett 28th-Mar-2012 02:26 pm (UTC)
Makes me so happy I use a cup. And that I have applicator-less natural tampons for the days when my body decides it doesn't want a cup. I get to plainly see the surface of whatever is going inside me.
mandy 28th-Mar-2012 02:42 pm (UTC)
Wow. Never even heard that such a thing could happen! I don't use tampons myself (pads-only kinda gal here) but...yeesh. :(
sxechiru 28th-Mar-2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
I really don't wanna stop using tampons because they're so discreet and mess-free for me. Then again, I'm not sure if I even need them anymore because of my BC. I may switch to OB tampons instead.
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