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Tuesday, Kimberly-Clark, manufacturer of Kotex, voluntarily issued a recall on U by Kotex® Sleek® Tampons, Regular Absorbency products sold in the U.S. and Canada.

In their press release, Kimberly-Clark stated that select Kotex tampons are defective. Consumers had contacted the manufacturer with complaints of the damaged products. After many responses and investigating the problem, they issued a statement.

“Kimberly-Clark 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.”

All tampons are not defective; there is a list of select product codes to help consumers determine if their purchase is part of the recall. The products were distributed between October 17, 2016 and October 23, 2018. Kimberly-Clark suggest that users who have recalled tampons to immediately stop use and call their customer service number for more information.

If you have purchased Kotex during that time and are experiencing any unusual symptoms, immediately seek medical attention.

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