Procter & Gamble responds after TikTok user claims she found a mysterious object inside odd-looking tampon

Procter & Gamble responds after TikTok user claims she found a mysterious object inside odd-looking tampon
Boxes of Tampax tampons.Richard Levine/Corbis via Getty Images.
  • A TikTok user called out feminine care giant Tampax after finding a strange object inside a tampon.
  • "My brain instantly said tracker," one commenter said on the issue.

A woman claimed to find a small mystery object in her Tampax brand tampon in a now viral video on TikTok.

In the video, which has now been viewed over 8 million times since it was posted on July 12, TikTok user Celia Piemontes said she purchased Tampax tampons instead of her usual organic brand due to a shortage. Upon opening the box, she quickly grew concerned with the contents inside.

@cealpee hmmmmmm i had to record this??? @Tampax US wtf is this????? #tampons #tampax #wtf #womensrights ♬ original sound - Celia

The tampons in her video each had a purple applicator except for one that was bright red and marked with the letters "SS" on the applicator. The tampon inside held a tiny shiny object that appeared to be metal.

"So I just opened it up," Piemontese says in the video. "What is that? What the f***?"

The video currently has nearly 10,000 comments and over 1 million likes. Some commenter wrote that it was likely a quality control test that went undetected, while others were more suspicious of the mysterious object.


"My brain instantly said tracker," one comment read.

The Honey Pot & Co, an organic feminine care brand, also weighed in on the situation in the comment section.

"Bestie, this is your sign to stick to organic," the company commented.

In a follow-up video, Piemontese gives a closer look at the tiny "clearly metal" object and the tampon she in which she found it.

In another video, Piemontese says that Tampax reached out to her via direct message, and offered to compensate her for the mistake. In yet another post, she later admitted she received the tampons from a friend who worked for Tampax, not from a store.


Tampax's parent company, Procter & Gamble, did not immediately respond to Insider's request to comment but told Fox News it has "looked into the matter."

"We want to reassure you this was an isolated issue," the company told Fox News in its statement. "This was a sample from our quality control process that was inadvertently gifted to a consumer by an employee. Quality control samples are not sold to consumers."