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1924 – Hollrigl Catamenial Appliance

Summary This (rather scary looking device) is designed to be partially inserted through the cervix into the uterus, to absorb the menstrual flow. There is reference to using a speculum to insert the device, which does not seem very practical. … Continue reading

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1918 – Norquist Catamenial Appliance

Summary A menstrual cup that holds an absorbent sponge.  The first cup device to offer a ring to grip for removal. Full Description (via Google Patents – OCR text – has errors!) https://www.google.com/patents/US1263797 L. E. NOR’QUIST. CATAMENIAL APPLIANCE. APPLICATIDN FILED … Continue reading

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1914 – Jorgenson Catamenial Device.

Summary A metal (aluminum) collection device, which appears to have a tapering at the top, to help prevent spilling.  The metal is said to provide a smooth frictional contact with the vaginal walls, and references that the rubber devices from … Continue reading

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1907 – Nelson Pessary

Summary A “sanitary contrivance to be used by ladies during menstruation”.  Not many details are given, but it appears to be a partially hollow cup (doesn’t appear to have a great deal of capacity).  The stem has a hole in … Continue reading

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1903 – Coke & Mallalieu Catamenial Sack

Summary Appears to be the first of the catamenial devices to be completely internal with no extra collection device.  The inside taper in, and the device contains a ball which floats ontop of the blood, to block off the opening … Continue reading

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1898 – Beach Catamenial sack

Summary A collection pouch (presumably worn mostly outside of the body), with a cup-like top section with slits in the base, that allows the blood to pass through and collect in the pouch. Full Description (via Google Patents – OCR … Continue reading

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1895 Dautrich Catamenial Sack

Summary A soft rubber pouch that was worn internally, that protruded out to join onto an externally worn belt. The end that joins the belt is sealed with a clamp that can be removed, allowing the device to be emptied … Continue reading

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