Kotex tampon recalled because it may unravel, leave pieces inside body

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A popular feminine care product is being recalled because it may unravel inside of the body.

Kimberly-Clark is recalling U by Kotex Sleek Tampons, regular absorbency, for a quality-related defect, the company said in a statement. 

The move comes after several consumers reported tampons unraveling, leading some to seek medical attention to remove the pieces left in their bodies.

The company has also received “a small number of reports of infections, vaginal irritation, localized vaginal injury, and other symptoms” from its use.

The defective tampons were manufactured between Oct. 7, 2016, and Oct. 16, 2018, and distributed between Oct. 17, 2016, and Oct. 23, 2018.

A list of lot numbers of the affected products is available on the Kimberly-Clark website and the U by Kotex website. 

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to stop using them and to contact the Kimberly-Clark Consumer Service Team at 1-888-255-3499. 

Consumers who experience any vaginal infection, irritation or injury, or symptoms such as hot flashes, abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting are urged to seek medical assistance. 

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