Tampons : Taboo ?

unused tampon

The History o’the Tampon

The Egyptians used softened papyrus as a makeshift tampons and the Greeks used lint wrapped around wood.  Other materials used in the past were wool, paper, plant fibers, sponges, grass, and cotton.

Early tampons available to women in the 1920s did not have an applicator.  Some had to be removed by actually reaching in and handling the cotton or gauze tampon, while others had strings for easy removal.  In 1929, Dr. Earl Haas invented a stringed tampon with an applicator.  He filed for the patent in 1931, and later trademarked the name “Tampax.”  The rights and product were then purchased by Gertrude Tendrich, who founded the Tampax company.  And in 1936, the first Tampax ad was launched and a package of 10 tampons cost a whopping 35 cents!  There are a lot more tampons on the market to choose from, some with applicators (cardboard or plastic), some without, some organic, some with odor control, some without.

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A different type of Government Aid

Women in Government logo with statue of liberty in the background and text that reads "Empowering all women state legislators to effect sound policy."

Randomly searching online for today’s Endo topic and stumbled upon one of the most uplifting things:

A flyer for women in government to help organize an Endometriosis Awareness walk and spread the news!  I wonder how many of our female politicians, lobbyists, interns, etc. have done this?  And I further wonder if we can write my female state legislators to see if they’ve organized, or will organize, a walk. And if my local city and county governments would mirror these efforts.  How exciting!  There’s also a list of “Endometriosis Awareness Activities” they encourage the legislators to pursue.

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