This was sent to me by one of my friend's today. I use this type of tampon and I just opened one up myself and looked at it. It is quite amazing how the fibers do come out. I don't know if this is true or not but I thought I would pass it on.Jean A woman I work with started using the new Tampax Pearl 5 months ago >and that's when she started getting yeast infections. They got worse and >worse every month and being experienced with yeast infections, she used >over-the-counter treatments. They didn't help. She finally went to her >doctor, who did a PAP Smear, which didn't reveal anything. As it got worse, >she finally went to her OB-Gyn, who also did a PAP Smear. It didn't test >positive, but bacteria showed up. She was then given a prescription to >treat a yeast infection and went home. She went back as it got worse and >also when, one day while using the bathroom, a clump of something came out. >She had no idea what it was initially and threw it away. She quickly >thought better of it and wrapped it up and brought it with her in a Ziploc >baggie to yet another visit to the doctor. She had figured out what it was >herself and the doctor confirmed it. It was the Tampax Pearl fibers. They >had been collecting for the past 5 months! ! She even took an unopened >tampon and showed me how the fibers come off so easily. You wouldn't notice >because the applicator covers it. And how many people open up a tampon and >inspect them? Well, it hasn't ended yet. When she went in last, the doctor >went to get some cultures, but found that her cervix was bleeding and it >prevented her from getting all the cultures that she needed. The fibers >from the tampon are cutting her and making her bleed. But the blood is >having a hard time getting out and so there was a lot of old blood in the >way when the doctor tried to take the cultures. Right now, she is not being >treated for anything, not until they can figure out how to treat her. Poor >woman is uncomfortable and in pain! Most likely, they'll have to do a D&C >(did I use the right letters?) to clean it all out. Another girl that I >work with also has been using them for a few months and has been having >problems, but couldn't figure it out. She won't be using them anymore. I >have used a few, just to try them, but will be throwing out any that I have >left. I am also going to go home and inspect my regular tampons to see if >fibers come off of those also. By the way, my friend's doctor is writing a >letter to the company and my friend is looking into filing a lawsuit. This >is affecting her in every aspect of her life. She is also very afraid now >of TSS. She told me and every woman she knows in order to get the word out, >so no one else has to go through this. I said I'd spread the word. I know a >yeast infection is an awful thing to experience, but this is so much worse!