Ew ew and ew. It's National Gross-Out Week. First there was the grim tale of the Starbuck's Beetle, now this. 

Imagine it's your time of the month. The despised Aunt Rose is in town (why can't she stay away?) and your crouched over, cramping, only to pull out a tampon and discover... that it's full of mold.

Sadly not the stuff of urban legend or April Fool's Day pranks gone amok. 

A blogger named Danielle wrote about her black discovery in a brand-new box of Kotex. Like all good dutiful bloggers, she uploaded pictures on her site and sent off a prompt WTF letter to Kotex manufacturers, Kimberly Clark. 

Scarier still, Kimberly's response was little more than a brush-off. To add insult to moldy injury, it offered her a coupon for -- you guessed it -- more Kotex tampons. They went on to explain the source of the "distressing" growth:

"[We] have found the mold to be a common environmental species that carries no health risk. The vegetative mold is similar in nature to mold on vegetables or in baked goods."

Needless to say, alarm bells (rightly) rang out to Danielle who, judging by the company's glib reply, figured her moldy tampons weren't the first in the history of Kotex. And judging by the haste with which Kimberly snuffed out any attempts to have the moldy tampons independently laboratory tested, it doesn't look like it will be the last, either.

Ever experienced this or other deeply disturbing issues with your (un)sanitary supplies? Spill it.