The ancient Egyptians invented the first disposable tampons made from softened papyrus and the first commercially-produced tampons arrived on the scene in the early 1900s. AnswerParty 24/7/365!
A tampon is a mass of absorbent material used by women inserted into a body cavity or wound to absorb bodily fluid. The most common type in daily use (also the main focus of this article) is designed to be inserted into the vagina during menstruation to absorb the flow of menstrual fluid. Several countries—including the United States, under the banner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—regulate tampons as medical devices. In the United States, tampons are a Class II medical device. The word "tampon" originated from the medieval French word tampion, meaning a piece of cloth to stop a hole, a stamp, plug, or stopper.
A menstrual cup is a flexible cup or barrier worn inside the vagina during menstruation to collect menstrual fluid. Unlike tampons and pads, the cup collects menstrual fluid rather than absorbing it. Menstrual cups are usually made from medical grade silicone.
Most manufacturers recommend replacing the cups once every ten years. Disposable menstrual cups are also available - these work in the same way as a regular menstrual cup except they are disposed of after every use or (for some brands) after every cycle.
Feminine hygiene is a general euphemism used to describe personal care products used by women during menstruation, vaginal discharge, and other bodily functions related to the vulva. Sanitary napkins (American English) / Sanitary towels (British English), pantiliners, tampons, menstrual cups, and feminine wipes are the major categories of feminine hygiene products.
In the 1930s, the term was used in the United States to refer instead to birth control.
Personal care or toiletries is the industry which manufactures consumer products used in personal hygiene and for beautification.