In ancient times, people thought that menstrual blood could be mad. Therefore, all methods about menstruation and control of menstruation are taboos. Before the appearance of modern pads, women used different materials during the ladies -from paper grasses to pants that looked like diapers.
1. Paper, wood and sponge
Although there is almost no information about how women deal with menstruation in ancient history, historians believe that women from 3,000-5th century BC use different natural materials for menstruation. For example, Egyptian women used paper grasses and paper -it used to write paper. They soaked it to soften it and use it as a cushion. According to Hippokrada,
Greek women use cotton velvet wrapped wood as sanitary cotton strips. It is believed that some women use sponges to absorb blood during menstruation.
2. Broken cloth
In the 19th century, women’s society in Europe and North America established a broken cloth from the health tool itself. This leads to the term “on the rag”, which is a slang of menstruation. Women use French velvet or woven fabrics to make menstrual clothes, which is not a sterile solution.
3. disposable napkin paper
In 1897, Johnson & Johnson developed the first version of the large sanitary napkin -disposable napkin paper, called Lister towel. The towel became the first commercial product of menstruation. However, the menstrual period is still regarded as taboo, and women are unwilling to go to the store to buy publicly, so the product finally failed in the market.
4. Sanitary apron
Sanitary apron is a rubber apron, with a strap between the legs to prevent blood leakage on the female skirt and seat. Basically, the apron is made to prevent the furniture from staining stains, but this is a stinky and uncomfortable solution.
5. Menstrual belt
The early version of the menstrual belt became a sanitary napkin in the 1900, and it was a popular menstrual management method. It is a silk loose band, and women hold cotton pads on it and then use it. The belt is still very popular like a diaper, until the first cushion with a tape came out.
6. Sanitary lantern pants
Sanitary lantern pants are trousers or underwear lined with rubber in the 1920s. The material of rubber pants is the same as the material of the baby diaper.
7. Aluminum and rubber cup
Although the menstrual cups are becoming more and more popular, now the first cup was invented a long time ago (1930), and obtained aluminum or hard rubber. In 1956, Leona Chalmers updated the product with softer materials. This cup was originally used to collect blood, but it was not successful in the market at the time.