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Norwegian menstruation exhibit |
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Religión y menstruación |
Your remedies for menstrual discomfort |
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Science |
Shame |
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Synchrony |
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Underpants & panties directory |
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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.

The Museum of Menstruation and Women's Health

vams menstrual tampon
(1948, U.S.A.)

Like an early American tampon, fax, vams seems to have been written lower case.

Why vams? The closest word to it I could think of was vamp but the seduction implied by that word seems out of place. But there is this possibility. And this: could it have been slang from this era?

Dixie Belle suggests the American South, appropriate since this is a cotton product; King Cotton traveled the world before the Civil War and made southern planters rich. I find it interesting that both words come ultimately from French and maybe therefore from New Orleans. But the maker of this tampon operated in New York.

The tampon might have avoided conflict with Tampax's patented cardboard applicator by making the inner tube much smaller. Many early American tampons avoided that legal problem by forgetting about an applicator and required the user to apply her fingers, a solution probably more agreeable in Europe than in American or Japan, which had gone to great lengths to shield fingers from the menstruating vagina.

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Procter & Gamble kindly donated the unopened box.

Below: The cardboard box measures 5 3/8 x 3 3/8 x 1 3/8" (13.8 x 8.5 x 3.5 cm).
Strange that the number of tampons is not indicated on the front, only on the ends. But at least it's
there; some early American tampons gave no number at all!
The opposite sides are identical.
Below: The long sides.
Below: The ends.

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