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Facts & Figures
Just like sanitary towels, tampons also have a link with the war industry. During World War 1, nurses used cotton wool to produce their own.
During World War 1, army nurses in a French hospital realised that bandages made of wood pulp could also be used as sanitary towels.
The average menstruation lasts for 5 days. However, there are also women who only have their period for 2-3 days a month. And if you’re unlucky, the bleeding can continue for 7 days or even longer.
The word menstruation derives from the word mensis, Latin for month. A lunar month is meant here, not a calendar one.