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Modern tampons were invented for the active woman who needed freedom of movement without the bulk of a pad. Staples carries top brands of tampons, such as Always and Tampax.

History of Tampons
The word tampon comes from the French word "tampion," which means a piece of cloth to fill a hole, or a stopper or plug. While modern tampons have only been around since the twentieth century, the concept of tampons has been around since the times of Ancient Egypt. Women in cultures spanning the globe have used wool, paper, plants and sponges to stem the flow during their periods. Many of these options were uncomfortable and precarious, needing to be secured by bandages to stay in place, and depending upon the material, they had to be changed upwards of twelve times a day.

The modern tampon arrived on store shelves in the 1930s, after Dr. Earle Haas patented them in 1933. Haas is believed to have invented the tampon with an applicator because of his concern with his wife's struggle with the bulky pads of the day. She was a dancer, and the pads wouldn't allow her to move freely. He constructed a tampon of compressed cotton and fashioned an applicator for cleanliness and convenience. It wasn't until World War II, when women became much more active, that tampon sales soared.

Different Types of Tampons
Upon the arrival of the modern tampon, a few different ways of insertion came into being. Applicators, either in cardboard or plastic, had two main forms. Cardboard applicators were fashioned with one smaller tube inside a larger, smooth tube. Plastic applicators usually employed the plunger method, where a rounded container had a smaller piece with a flat end, similar to a syringe. Both applicators had a petaled tip to allow the tampon through for insertion.

Not all tampons have applicators, however. The digital tampon, mass produced for sale in the 1940s, has no applicator and expands radially, or spreads in width, when absorbing any liquid. Tampons in applicators expand length-wise. Both types typically have strings and are made of rayon or a rayon-cotton blend. Absorbency rates are similar, and there is a consistent measurement of absorbencies through all major brands in the U.S.

Are Tampons Safe To Use?
As long as they are used according to their directions, tampons are considered to be safe. Change your tampon every four to six hours, as recommended on the pack, use the lowest absorbency level for your flow, and avoid using them overnight or while sleeping. Cotton or cotton-blend tampons are usually safer, bacteria-wise, than rayon.

Are Tampons Used for Anything Besides Periods?
Due to their absorbency, tampons have also been used in surgery to stem the flow of blood. They have been used by soldiers on the battlefield to help stop the blood flow from gunshot wounds and are said to be carried in medical kits.

Should You Flush Tampons Down the Toilet?
Tampons can block plumbing when flushed down toilets. Most public restrooms have special sanitary disposal bins. When disposed of in this way, tampons should first be wrapped in toilet paper before being placed in bins.
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Always® Ultra Thin Regular Pads w/Wings, 10/Bx
Item : 1703185
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  • Ultra Thin sanitary pad
  • 10 per box
  • Up to 8 hr LeakGuardâ„¢ Protection
2.99 $2.99
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Always® Maxi Regular Pads w/Wings, 10/Bx
Item : 280756
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  • More Coverage = More Protection
  • Regular Absorbency
  • Up to 8 hr LeakGuardâ„¢ Protection
3.49 $3.49
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