Tampons are a mass of soft cushiony absorbent material, mainly used as a feminine hygiene product for absorbing the menstrual flow as well as vaginal discharge. Besides, tampons are also induced in several body cavities and/or wounds which help in absorbing and curbing different secretions from the body. They have been proven to cause very minimal with almost no leakage and hence, are best-suited for maximum comfort and care to the users. Traditionally, the word tampon had its origin form the medieval French word ‘tampion’, which means a piece of cloth to stop a hole, a plug, stamp or a stopper. Nowadays, tampons are contrived in such a way that they are easily inserted in to the vaginal cavity at the time of menstruation in order to soak up the flow. Nevertheless, use of tampons might be difficult or impossible for those with a condition of untreated vaginismus or imperforate hymen. Presently, tampons come in different shapes and sizes with varied absorption capabilities suited for different ages, and level of flow for every individual. Moreover, for the purpose of hygiene, most of the tampons available in the market are manufactured in such a way that they cannot be used for more than eight hours at a stretch.
Types of Tampon applicators
As we already know that there are many kinds of tampons available in the market today, however, most of them are made of cotton, rayon, or a combination of the two materials. Below mentioned are a few variants:
- Cardboard applicator – the most simplest and cost-efficient tampon applicator
- Plastic applicator – these are a little on the expensive side, but many women seem to find this variant more easy to use and comfortable to insert
- Extendable applicator – an enhanced and one of the latest versions, it comes in a much smaller package as compared to the typical tampon and applicator. The smaller tube is pulled out with the help of the applicator
An analysis based on tampons market, states that globally altering lifestyle of women along with increased healthcare awareness, has made the use of tampons more popular. In fact, many countries modulate tampons as medical devices; also, they are sometimes used for hemostatis in surgery.