The Atlantic: "The Tampon: A History"

For many women, menstrual cups have advantages over disposable products -  including over tampons. There's less waste, less 'stuff' to deal with, no risk of toxic shock syndrome. (See some advantages here). Having said that, the tampon has had a lot to offer women over the years. It's just that - really - you might think about moving on. Here, The Atlantic reviews the medical and commercial history of the tampon, including those strange regional variations like the prevalence of the no-touch applicator in the USA. Full story: 

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/06/history-of-the-tampon/394334/