See Society menstrual pad, and a "silent purchase" ad for Modess, 1928.
Other Modess ads: 1931,"Modess . . . . because" ads, the French Modess, and the German "Freedom" (Kimberly-Clark) for teens.
See a prototype of the first Kotex ad.
See more Kotex items: Ad 1928 (Sears and Roebuck catalog) - Marjorie May's Twelfth Birthday (booklet for girls, 1928, Australian edition; there are many links here to Kotex items) - 1920s booklet in Spanish showing disposal method - box from about 1969 - Preparing for Womanhood (1920s, booklet for girls) - "Are you in the know?" ads (Kotex) (1949)(1953)(1964)(booklet, 1956) - See more ads on the Ads for Teenagers main page
Ads for the Kotex stick tampon (U.S.A., 1970s) - a Japanese stick tampon from the 1970s.
Early commercial tampons - Rely tampon - Meds tampon (Modess)
CONTRIBUTE to Humor, Words and expressions about menstruation and Would you stop menstruating if you could?
Some MUM site links:
homepage | MUM address & What does MUM mean? | e-mail the museum | privacy on this site | who runs this museum?? |
Amazing women! | the art of menstruation | artists (non-menstrual) | asbestos | belts | bidets | founder bio | Bly, Nellie | MUM board | books: menstruation and menopause (and reviews) | cats | company booklets for girls (mostly) directory | contraception and religion | costumes | menstrual cups | cup usage | dispensers | douches, pain, sprays | essay directory | extraction | facts-of-life booklets for girls | famous women in menstrual hygiene ads | FAQ | founder/director biography | gynecological topics by Dr. Soucasaux | humor | huts | links | masturbation | media coverage of MUM | menarche booklets for girls and parents | miscellaneous | museum future | Norwegian menstruation exhibit | odor | olor | pad directory | patent medicine | poetry directory | products, current | puberty booklets for girls and parents | religion | Religión y menstruación | your remedies for menstrual discomfort | menstrual products safety | science | Seguridad de productos para la menstruación | shame | slapping, menstrual | sponges | synchrony | tampon directory | early tampons | teen ads directory | tour of the former museum (video) | underpants & panties directory | videos, films directory | Words and expressions about menstruation | Would you stop menstruating if you could? | What did women do about menstruation in the past? | washable pads
Leer la versión en español de los siguientes temas: Anticoncepción y religión, Breve reseña - Olor - Religión y menstruación - Seguridad de productos para la menstruación.

Interlabial Padette menstrual pad (obsolete)

Recently a graduate student called me and told me about the Padette (below) - now (November 1997) called the Miniform (obsolete in 2006; see its page)- a wedge of rayon with polypropylene covering that the user places between the labia (lips) of her vulva, not into the vagina (picture below).

Women use them on light menstrual days, for light urinary leakage or for other light secretions, and the company - A-Fem Medical Corporation - says it has the absorption capacity of a junior/regular tampon. The manufacturer states that the pads stay put, without adhesives, unlike the shifting usual pads, and they don't bunch up. Padettes are made from the "same materials commonly used in leading tampon products, external pads and panty pads," without being highly or super absorbent. They are expelled with each urination, and either flushed down the toilet or wrapped and thrown into the trash.

If you live in Florida, find them in Walgreens drug stores. Otherwise, order them by phone at 1-800-700-8716 (Pacific Standard Time 9-5). Ask questions at 1-800-764-6864 (EASTERN Standard Time 9-5). They used to cost $7.05 for 48 (the minimum sold, in two boxes), which included shipping and handling; this is probably not the current (November 1997) price.

Copyright Harry Finley 2006