Tampon applicators made of plastic , and are
similar in design to a syringe.
The applicator consists of two tubes;
absorbency Quantity (Gram)
Junior 6 and under
Regular 6 to 9
Super 9 to 12
Super Plus 12 to 15
Ultra 15 to 18
Modern tampons are mainly composed (over
90% of the tampon);
Mixture of Cotton and Rayon
Tampons are constructed of compressed
cellulosic absorbent materials.
There are two main technologies to
The coiled tampon type starts with a
rectangular fibre pad around which a
withdrawal cord is looped. The fibre pad is then
asymmetrically folded and rolled and then
compressed to a cylindrical shape.
A number of longitudinal or helical grooves are
formed by the compressing operation. This type
of tampon expands radially. Most digital
tampons are coiled tampons.
The second type (typically used for applicator
tampons) starts from a rectangular fibre pad. A
withdrawal cord is sewn across the length of the
tampon fibre pad which is then compressed to a
Alternatively the withdrawal cord can be
attached after the compression by pierce and
loop attachment of the cord at the bottom
section of the tampon. The tampon expands
widthways and lengthwise.
Both tampon types are usually covered with a
nonwoven or perforated film.
Materials used in most modern tampons are so
highly absorbent that they pose the risk of
absorbing the vagina's natural discharge and
upsetting its natural moisture balance, which is
what enables toxic shock syndrome to occur.
To Avoid TSS;
Follow package directions for insertion
Choose the lowest absorbency needed for one's
Consider using cotton or cloth tampons rather than
To Avoid TSS;
Change the tampon at least every 4 to 6 hours
Alternate between tampons and pads
Avoid tampon usage overnight or when sleeping
Edana, Tampons for menstrual hygiene, Modern products with
Davis, D., Kim, T.L., Toxic Shock Syndrome: Case Report Of a
Postpartum Female And a Literature Review, The Journal of
Emergency Medicine, Vol 16, No. 4, pp. 607-614, 1998
Edana, Tampon Absorbencies, February, 2002
United States Patent 7124483, Process for producing stabilized
United States Patent 6953456, Tampon having an oval form
after expansion and process for producing the same, 2000