Who Invented The Tampon?


Long before the hygienic tampon, since 1800 and the "rag bags" (the ancestors of sanitary napkins) until 1920-1930, most women used sanitary napkins in cotton or cloth during their period.

But in 1929, Dr. Cleveland Haas will change everything. Several companies are already marketing tampons but this American doctor collects the confidences of a patient who introduces a piece of sponge into her vagina to absorb her period.

He retains the idea and develops a compressed cotton pad 5 cm wide and 13 cm long. And novelty, he is the first to install an applicator. The pad is now composed of a wider tube to hold it and a smaller one that one must push to position it. But that's not all. He also thinks of adding a cord to easily recover the object!

In 1931 he filed a patent and in 1934 to put on the market its innovative buffer, he created the company Tampax.

The use of the sanitary tampon became widespread after the Second World War, despite the cautious invitations issued by certain religious groups who disapproved of its use on the grounds that the tampon could stimulate women erotically.

It was not until 1951 to see the product arrive in France.