A MUM says she felt ‘violated’ after discovering she had been using tampons covered in black mould and yellow stains, as she urged women to check theirs.
Allison Smith, 34, had been having trouble with a box of 36 tampons she’d bought recently, finding them increasingly difficult to insert.
Allison, from Canada, decided to open one up to see what the problem was – and was shocked at what she saw.
Her tampons were discoloured and covered in mouldy black spores, which she had been using for the past few months.
The mum-of-one opened up the remaining 18 tampons in her box, and found 11 laced with mould and stains.
Allison is now urging women to check over their tampons after making the stomach-churning discovery, vowing never to use them again.
She said: “I’d had a little trouble with this new box of tampons before, it became difficult to push them through the plastic applicator.
“I decided to push it all the way out so I could insert it manually, and then I noticed the black stuff all of it.
“At first, I thought it might have just been dye from the blue applicator, but then I looked closer and realised it was mould.
“I fully opened the tampon and realised it was all inside too. It was so gross and made me feel really nauseous.
“I took out the rest that I had, and I started opening them.
"There were only about seven that were not affected with mould in the remaining box.
“There is no way for you to know. You just pop it in and that’s that.
“I felt totally violated. There is a huge possibility that I put a mouldy tampon inside of me.
“I felt really disgusted. It makes me feel sick just thinking about it.
“I thought that something I’m putting inside my body would be safe. The scary thing is I could have used up all the mouldy ones without even knowing.
“I would imagine it would make you sick over time.”
Allison added that she bought the box around three months ago, and kept it in a sealed container in a cabinet under her sink.
Sickening photos show some of the 36 super Tampax pearl tampons covered in black marks.
Allison shared her horrifying discovery with her friends and posted snaps online to raise awareness – where they’ve been shared more than 50,000 times.
Allison added: “I phoned Tampax, and they said they were sorry and that they would take it seriously.
“They said they would send me a $20 (£11.69) gift card to buy more tampons. But I don’t want to use them anymore after what has happened.
“People have reached out and have recommend a menstrual cup
instead of tampons.
“I’d been thinking about that for a while, as it’s more environmentally friendly. So I might give that a go.
“All I know is that I’ll never use these kinds of tampons again.”
A spokesperson for Procter & Gamble, the company that owns Tampax, said: “Nothing is of greater importance than the safety of those using our tampons.
“We operate with the highest quality and safety standards and undertake every effort to assure our products are thoroughly evaluated before we put them in the marketplace.
“Our plant Quality Assurance team looks at every production step from when the materials arrive at the plant, the tampon making and the shipping as it leaves the plant.
“We essentially track the entire journey of a box of tampons until it reaches the retailer's warehouse.”
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