Do You Really Know What’s In Your Tampons? This Woman Thinks You Should.
On Dec. 12, Kotex voluntarily recalled some of its tampon products for unraveling or breaking apart inside consumers’ bodies. Kimberly-Clark, Kotex’s parent company, said in a press release it received “a small number of reports of infections, vaginal irritation, localized vaginal injury, and other symptoms” and that in some cases consumers had to seek medical attention “to remove tampon pieces left in the body.”
Currently, there is no federal or state law requiring Kotex, or any other menstrual hygiene company, to share the ingredients — including the chemicals — that make up its products. This is a problem, says Linda Rosenthal, a Democratic member of the New York state Assembly. When tampons are falling apart inside people’s bodies, she told HuffPost, doctors should be able to know how to treat these patients. But they’ll struggle to do it if they don’t know what’s causing the problem, she said.