It seems as though every day there is a recall issued about some food or household product. It’s quite uncommon to hear about a feminine product that falls into a serious recall.
During the second week of December, Kimberly-Clark issued a major recall of one of their leading products: U by Kotex Sleek Tampons. According to reports, the U by Kotex Sleek regular absorbency tampons were unraveling and breaking apart upon removal.
The batch of defective tampons was sold between October 17, 2016, and October 23, 2018. If you or someone you know happened to have purchased any U by Kotex Sleek tampons during this specified time, look on the bottom of the box for a nine-digit code. Once located, enter it into the Kotex recall database to see if your purchase was involved in the recall. Click HERE for quick access to the database.
This has been such a severe issue for some that they have had to seek out medical attention to remove pieces of the tampon from their bodies. Sources state: “There have been a ‘small number’ of reports of infections (yeast infections, bladder infections, bacterial vaginosis), irritation (itching and swelling), and ‘localized vaginal injury’ (pain and bleeding).
The statement continued: “In rare cases, a retained foreign body, such as a piece of tampon, can lead to toxic shock syndrome.”
They released a statement to the FDA: “Any consumer with the impacted U by Kotex Sleek Tampons, Regular Absorbency, in their possession should stop using the product immediately.”
If you do not find the answers you need on the Kotex database, you are urged to quickly contact Kimberly-Clark's Consumer Service team on the database link or by calling them at 1-888-255-3499.