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They used rags that is why some women still refer to their period as rag time or they are ragging.

There was also a product introduced in 1932, a menstrual cup and it is still available today. Its a flexible silicone cup that is inserted into the vagina and collects the menses, when its time to empty it just dump the contents down the toilet, and rinse the cup out before reinserting it. It is also more friendly to the environment since you do not have all the waste pads and tampons create.

1. Tampons are not new and have been used by women for centuries.

2. The ancient Greeks invented tampons made from lint wrapped around a small piece of wood, recorded in writing by Hippocrates in the fifth century B.C.

3. The ancient Egyptians invented the first disposable tampons made from softened papyrus.

4. Byzantine women used tampons made of soft white wool.

5. Other materials used for the first tampons have included: wool, paper, vegetable fibres, sponges, grass, and later cotton.

6. The first commercial tampons were used in the United States in the late 1920's or early 1930's.

7. The modern tampon (with applicator) was first patented by Doctor Earle Haas, who wanted to make a tampon capable of being mass produced.

8. Earle Haas filed for his first tampon patent on November 19, 1931.

9. His patent description was for a "catamenial device," derived from the Greek word for monthly.

10. The trademark and patent were purchased by Gertrude Tendrich.

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What people used during menstruation depends how far back in time you go and the culture. Western women wore rags or period underwear just before disposable tampons and pads came onto the market. Ancient civilizations often used mosses or grasses inserted vaginally. Some cultures also used menstrual huts where women would bleed freely. If you go back far enough you'd find few women menstruated at all as they'd always be pregnant or breastfeeding.

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