mass of absorbent material, primarily used as a feminine hygiene product

A tampon is a mass made of absorbent material, usually cotton, that are put into a body cavity to absorb body fluid. The most common type is put in a woman's vagina to absorb menstrual fluid.

Menstrual tampon with applicator

Tampons were first used as medical devices in the 18th century. They date back thousands of years.[1]


  1. "Who Invented Tampons". Straight Dope. 6 June 2006. Retrieved December 24, 2013.