Tampax is committed to empowering women around the world to be happier, healthier, and more confident. Our programs are designed to start and support an open dialogue about puberty to help girls better understand their health.
Both the brand and the product were invented by Dr. Earle Haas, who filed a patent in 1931.
During World War II, Tampax produced large quantities of wound dressings for the military. It was noted for having a mostly, almost exclusively, female workforce for much of its history. Financially, while still independent, it carried no debt for most of its corporate lifetime and ranked No.4 on the Fortune 500 list for return on equity.
Tampax was an independent company for over 50 years, based in Palmer, Massachusetts with headquarters in New York City. Renamed Tambrands, Inc. in 1984, Procter & Gamble purchased the company in 1997. It was noted for decades as having the dominant share of the tampon market, challenged in the USA mostly by Playtex, J&J (with the brands Carefree and Meds) and Kimberly-Clark. P&G also competed against Tampax with the failed product from the 1970s called “Rely”.