Kimberly-Clark, the parent company of Kotex, issued a voluntary recall for certain U by Kotex tampons after receiving reports that they were unraveling and leaving pieces behind inside women's bodies. According to the press release, the company has recalled U by Kotex Sleek Tampons, Regular Absorbency, sold over the past two years. Here's the scoop.


Kimberly-Clark said in the press release that it has "received reports from consumers of the U by Kotex Sleek Tampons, Regular Absorbency, unraveling and/or coming apart upon removal, and in some cases causing users to seek medical attention to remove tampon pieces left in the body. There also have been a small number of reports of infections, vaginal irritation, localized vaginal injury, and other symptoms." Ummm. That's terrifying.

If you typically use these tampons, check your boxes! The recall includes products manufactured between October 7, 2016, and October 16, 2018, and distributed between October 17, 2016, and October 23, 2018. If you recently bought a box, type the lot number into the search engine on this site to check if it's from the affected batch.

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The brand also recommended to anyone using the product to seek immediate medical attention if they were experiencing pain, bleeding, discomfort, itching, swelling, hot flashes, abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting — which honestly all just sound like regular period symptoms to me. Obviously, you should also just stop using the product.

It's unclear exactly how many boxes the recall impacts. As CBS notes, they were distributed throughout the United States and Canada, so it's best to throw them out just in case.

A lot of women are feeling very unsettled by the news, as this is one type of tampon they actually liked.

Many women are taking the opportunity to promote the use of a menstrual cup instead, which honestly isn't sounding so bad now.

For those who've never heard of them, DivaCups and other menstrual cup brands are flexible medical-grade silicone bell-shaped cups meant to catch and collect menstrual blood, rather than absorb it. They're reusable, making them better for the environment, and many women swear by them. This tampon recall is causing a lot of ladies to consider making the switch.

Others, who still swear by tampons, are happy for other brand options, like these organic ones that also give back.

Or, of course, good ol' Tampax.

And tampon haters are feeling hella grateful for pads.

This recall is even giving menopausal women a new outlook. Who would've thought?!

Oh, and BTW, this is not the first time Kimberly-Clark has issued a recall of Kotex tampons. Back in 2011, the brand recalled Kotex Natural Balance Security Unscented Tampons, Regular Absorbency, because they were manufactured with a bacterium that can cause dangerous infections. JUST SAYING.

Be sure to spread the word to ensure no other women will be sent to the hospital for Kotex's lack of responsibility.