Be Kareful With Your Kotex! Mold Found on Tampons

March 29, 2012  |  

When I was a little girl, and really still to this day, I had an irrational fear about small foreign objects getting stuck in my vadge. (Remember, we can’t say use the technical word on this site…) If I was sitting in the grass, I couldn’t be there for too long because I’d ultimately start worrying that an ant would some how find it’s way through my clothes, and into my love below, never to be retrieved again.

Now, with recent news of mold found on Kotex tampons, I’m starting to believe that that fear wasn’t so irrational after all. The image above is what Danielle Parr discovered when she went to insert a Kotex tampon. Can you imagine mold in your sweet spot, eventually traveling into your blood stream?!? It’s nothing short of terrifying. But you know what’s more terrifying than mold in your va-jay-jay? Kotex pretending like mold in your va-jay-jay is no big deal.

When Parr contacted Kotex to complain about the mold on a tampon this is what they had to say.

We understand how distressing it can be to find mold on a product that is used for personal hygiene and apologize for your concern. In instances where it has been found, we conducted tests on the product involved and have found the mold to be a common environmental species that carries no health risk. The vegetative mold is similar in nature to mold on vegetables or in baked goods.

Umm… wtf?!? That’s just not good enough. Really, who would knowingly eat a moldy vegetable or piece of bread more less insert said mold into your vadge? People must not understand the nature of mold. It thrives in dark, moist, warm environments. Sound familiar? I’m not telling you what to do with your body; but I can’t rock with Kotex. They were never my brand of choice anyway. But in all seriousness, if they’re having problems like this, they might not be the only ones. Be sure to thoroughly check out all of your feminine hygiene products before you end up hurting yourself.

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  • Amanda

    I found two pubic hair that were not mine in my new tampon, pearl! I was like what are these black things poking out so I pulled it put n it was someone’s pube motile made in the tampon!! I’m freaking out I never in my life should I contact the company? I’m so grossed bc they were so long n it had the root on it still.

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  • Stephany

    This is crazy… these are the ones I usually use, but after I herd this I will never use them again because I am deathly allergic to mold and now I’m totally freaked out…

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  • Nitty

    I’m not shoving nuffn up in my vadge.
    Pads pads pads..all day.

  • Nitty

    Made in china huh?

  • Mls2698

    Using tampons aren’t harmful, just don’t forget to un-plug. Had a patient who complained of smell coming from her V-spot….. she forgot to un-plug. Doc pulled it out, it had been there two weeks. I know, everyone just threw up in their mouths! Oh well…..

  • Mls2698

    Since my “goods” have never been baked… thanks.

  • LovelyGal

    what kind of statement is that???? So what if its the same mold on veggies & baked stuff would your a___ still eat it? NO. No recall or anything? absolutly gross

  • Cheryl04

    Use a Diva Cup. Seriously. You know the chemicals they use to bleach tampons with? You don’t want that inside of you. 🙁

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  • michka

    Doesn’t really matter if it’s a rare incident. Their response is just ridiculous!

  • Guariadelbosque

    Tampons are supposed to be
    stored in a cool, dry place. Many women store theirs in the bathroom
    for easy accessibility, but that’s the worst place for them considering
    that bathrooms are often steamy and warm (from showers). Prime breeding conditions for mold.  I’d be willing
    to bet this is how the mold got there.

  • Julia Schopick

    What an awful thing to have happen. Kudos to Danielle for going public
    about it. Just as upsetting as the fact that she found mold in a tampon is the
    company’s response to her. But there are other little-known risks associated
    with these synthetic disposable menstrual products. One risk — still! — is
    Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS).

    I recently interviewed a survivor of this deadly disease — Suzan Hutchinson —
    for, the website of The Keeper and Moon Cup reusable menstrual cups.
    Susan is now a spokesperson for, an organization dedicated to
    educating women about the fact that Toxic Shock is still a threat, especially
    to younger women. 

    There are other options out there that women can use. One is reusable menstrual
    cups; another is reusable cotton menstrual pads. Both are also
    environment-friendly and pocketbook-friendly, because they are not tossed away
    after a single use. And as far as I know, there have been no cases of MOLD
    associated with either one of these options.

    To listen to the interview with Suzan, please go to

    Thanks so much.
    Julia Schopick

    Marketing Director

    The Keeper, Inc.


  • WTF???  Seriously? thats nasty! i have been wearing tampons for only a few years… omg i hope i havent been putting any inside me…

  • Ms_Sunshine9898

    Oh hell no. No ma’am playtex sport all the way now. . . .

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  • Ladybug94

    They have recalled a the lot numbers that were supposedly tainted.

    • aDawn217

       From the HuffPo article:

      “The mold incident isn’t the first matter that’s pushed Kimberly-Clark into the spotlight in recent months. In November, the company recalled nearly 1,400 cartons of tampons, claiming the products could contain a bacteria capable of causing dangerous and potentially life-threatening infections.”

      But the mold is non-threatening, huh? How on EARTH could they possibly know that without testing, especially after a recall?

  • Lovelyladynell

    no more kotex for me smh!

  • Chanda

    Somebody can’t spell. Look at the title again..

    • aDawn217

       I passed that off as intentional.

  • Chanda

    Those tampons must’ve been sitting on the shelves for the long. I love the convenience of tampons but no more Kotex for me. Didn’t use them much to begin with.

    • Chanda

      *too long.

  • Guest

    I too have never been a fan of Kotex, but with this revelation, how can you possibly check for mold in your tampon before inserting it?

    • hiswomanandlovingit

      Just us OB tampons. There’s not applicator so you can see what you are using.

      • really???

        OB tampons for the win!!!!

      • aDawn217

        All my life I used OB. Then, last year, they discontinued the Ultra variety that I need due to my fibroids. Had to switch to Tampax Pearl, the only Ultra on the market now.

    • aDawn217

      That’s what I was wondering. Once you get that thing out of the plastic, you can’t get it back in. What made her decide to check it?

    • Trisha_B

      They need to consider making the applicators clear

      • Nitty

        Smart comment

  • beautiful_mami

    That is so gross .. I have never been a tampon wearer and now I’m glad that I never was

  • LaTasha

    ewwwwwwww, thats gross! I do not like tampons…

  • Anon

    I ADORE Kotex products. This is kinda disturbing but I’ll call it a very rare incident…. kinda like when that guy found a dead mouse at the bottom of his can of Monster energy drink. It’s gross, potentially harmful, but extremely uncommon.

    • vwells1

      “In instances where it has been found, we conducted tests on the product
      involved and have found the mold to be a common environmental species
      that carries no health risk…”

      Instances…plural. I’m on a crusade against Kotex but be careful.

      • vwells1


  • L-Boogie

    This is horrible.  

    • Rachael

      This is why I use pads. I’m not sticking anything in my cooter!