SEE other lubricated tampons: Dale (1930s-1940s, U.S.A.) and Pursettes (1950s-1970s, U.S.A.)
SEE ALSO the directory of all tampons on this site.
Is this the first Tampax tampon? Go to Early Commercial Tampons
Other early commercial tampons - Main Tampax patent - Ad from 1936 - World War II Tampax sign
More ads for teens (see also introductory page for teenage advertising): Are you in the know? (Kotex napkins and Quest napkin powder, 1948, U.S.A.), Are you in the know? (Kotex napkins and belts, 1949, U.S.A.)Are you in the know? (Kotex napkins, 1953, U.S.A.), Are you in the know? (Kotex napkins and belts, 1964, U.S.A.), Freedom (1990, Germany), Kotex (1992, U.S.A.), Pursettes (1974, U.S.A.), Pursettes (1974, U.S.A.), Saba (1975, Denmark)
See early tampons and a list of tampon on this site - at least the ones I've cataloged.
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.

Gynotex wet and dry menstrual tampons (2005, The Netherlands)
Introduction and box

Women have inserted commercial "wet" - lubricated - tampons since at least the 1930s in America (see Dale and Pursettes) and have used sponges (more here) probably for thousands of years. Gynotex comes from Europe and is probably not available in the U.S.A. I don't know how expensive it is.

The instruction leaflet (here) says this wet tampon sponge (with no string or applicator) contains CHG (chlorhexidine gluconate), a chemical sometimes used as a germicidal mouthwash, among other things; it kills bacteria in the mouth and presumably in the vagina. Women douched for decades with Lysol, Zonite and similar stuff, and some women swore by them (a 79-year-old woman wrote a testimonial to MUM), but read an essay discouraging the practice and the chemicals used.

Mark Dujardin of the company sent this when I asked him about the substances used in the tampon: "Gynotex-dry is made of toxic free polyether foam. Gynotex-wet is made of PVA (polyvinyl alcohol) sponge, which is mainly used for chirurgical [surgical] tampons. The lubricant is on water basis, antiseptically for keeping the quality for 3 years."


No, it's not really THIS big! The wet sponge, white, (above) measures 2" in diameter and is 13/16" thick. The dry sponge (not pictured) is about 1 13/16" wide and 1" thick and pink.


The wet sponge. The weight of the sponge on my scanner caused the dent -the straight edge - on the right side


Each tampon comes wrapped in foil, above; the dry tampon has blue lettering, the wet one red.

NEXT: Instructions, box
Cardboard American sponge can with sponge.
Orange-design can with sponge. Black can and sponge.
Beautiful (Australian?) sponge can with sponge lacking a net.
Anna Health Sponge (U.S.A., 1940s?)
The contemporary Sea Pearls (from the U.S.A.) menstrual sponge
The contemporary Gynotex (from the Netherlands) menstrual sponge
Main sponge page

SEE lubricated tampons: Dale (1930s-1940s, U.S.A.) and Pursettes (1950s-1970s, U.S.A.)

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