See more Kotex items: First ad for the pad (1921; scroll to bottom of page)
ALL tampons on MUM
CONTRIBUTE to Humor, Words and expressions about menstruation and Would you stop menstruating if you could?
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Art of menstruation |
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Menarche booklets for girls and parents |
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Norwegian menstruation exhibit |
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Religión y menstruación |
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Menstrual products safety |
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Tampon directory |
Early tampons |
Teen ads directory |
Tour of the former museum (video) |
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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 |
Read 10 years (1996-2006) of articles and Letters to Your MUM on this site.
Leer la versión en español de los siguientes temas: Anticoncepción y religión, Breve reseña - Olor - Religión y menstruación - Seguridad de productos para la menstruación.

Museum of Menstruation and Women's Health

Fibs menstrual tampon, started 1930s, Kotex, U.S.A.

Fibs was the first major Kotex tampon (see two possible predecessors), appearing in the late 1930s, and like Wix and fax, had no applicator; Tampax (which appeared before 1936) owned the patent for applicators.

Note the Kotex crosses, which promote a medical comfort, and are typical of Kotex boxes until the 1950s. In a sense Kotex pads started out as bandages, so perhaps the crosses are not entirely fluff. Read this early history of Kotex.

Fibs was also the name of one of the original cat staff members of the museum. She died in 2009.

See the actual tampon and an ad for it.

See the actual tampon and an ad for it. See the roughly contemporary Cashay and Dale tampons, and
very early Tampax and fax.
ALL tampons on MUM

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