Kotex Tampons Recalled After 'Unraveling' During Use

A tampon manufacturer has issued a recall on a faulty line of products after customers reported they were "coming apart" and leaving pieces inside their body.

Kimberly-Clare, the makers of Kotex, recalled its U by Kotex Sleek tampons after the company received reports some users needed medical assistance to remove pieces which had unraveled.

"There also have been a small number of reports of infections, vaginal irritation, localised vaginal injury, and other symptoms," the company's recall statement said.

The affected tampons were sold only in the US and Canada, manufactured between October 7, 2016 and October 16, 2018 and distributed between October 17, 2016 and October 23, 2018.

Leaving a tampon in for longer than the recommended time can increase the chance of developing a yeast infection or, in the worst case, toxic shock syndrome. Image: Getty

Kimberly-Clark urged any customers experiencing symptoms including vagina pain, bleeding or discomfort, bladder or yeast infections, hot flushes, abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting to seek urgent medical attention.

A list of recalled lot numbers was provided in the statement, which customers can check on the bottom of their package, and retailers are pulling the faulty products from their shelves.

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The affected line of Kotex tampons is not sold in Australia and none of the brand's products which are stocked on our shelves have been found with similar issues.

However, if you have travelled and purchased tampons in the US recently, it may be worth checking the list of lot numbers here.