What’s The History Behind Sanitary Products?
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Have you ever thought about the long history of sanitary products? It’s hard to believe that the things we use monthly have progressed and changed so much over time to get to where they are now. As we know, periods are steadily becoming less of a taboo topic to discuss in public, on social media and anywhere else. However, women from over 150 years ago had to not only deal with the taboos of periods, but also the overall struggle in finding ways to hygienically make sure they were “covered” during their time of the month.

So, let’s explore the history of our feminine sanitary products! Dating all the way back to the 1800s, women and girls used menstrual cloths. These menstrual cloths were made out of flannel and woven fabric, but eventually, there was a growing concern about bacterial growth from inadequate cleaning of the reusable menstrual cloths in between wears. Imagine only having the option to use parts of flannel cloth during your period. How protected do you think you would feel? Back then, they didn’t have an option until later on, that’s when new menstrual products started to come about between 1854 and 1915.

Twenty patents were taken out for menstrual products between 1854 and 1915, some made of aluminum or rubber. Rubber pants, yes you read that correctly- rubber pants were bloomers or underwear lined with rubber! This menstrual product was designed to create a barrier, using the rubber but was later deemed just as unhygienic as the menstrual cloths. In the 1890s, the Ladies Elastic Doily Belt was created. With the period belt, women attached a pad to a silk and elastic belt that they would wear around their waist and strap the pad underneath. After the period belt, this made way for the first disposable pad, which came about in 1896 using bandages in plant fibers.
What’s The History Behind Sanitary Products? Photo courtesy of: www.fit.thequint.comPhoto courtesy of: www.fit.thequint.com Have you ever thought about the long history of sanitary products? It’s hard to believe that the things we use monthly have progressed and changed so much over time to get to where they are now. As we know, periods are steadily becoming less of a taboo topic to discuss in public, on social media and anywhere else. However, women from over 150 years ago had to not only deal with the taboos of periods, but also the overall struggle in finding ways to hygienically make sure they were “covered” during their time of the month. So, let’s explore the history of our feminine sanitary products! Dating all the way back to the 1800s, women and girls used menstrual cloths. These menstrual cloths were made out of flannel and woven fabric, but eventually, there was a growing concern about bacterial growth from inadequate cleaning of the reusable menstrual cloths in between wears. Imagine only having the option to use parts of flannel cloth during your period. How protected do you think you would feel? Back then, they didn’t have an option until later on, that’s when new menstrual products started to come about between 1854 and 1915. Twenty patents were taken out for menstrual products between 1854 and 1915, some made of aluminum or rubber. Rubber pants, yes you read that correctly- rubber pants were bloomers or underwear lined with rubber! This menstrual product was designed to create a barrier, using the rubber but was later deemed just as unhygienic as the menstrual cloths. In the 1890s, the Ladies Elastic Doily Belt was created. With the period belt, women attached a pad to a silk and elastic belt that they would wear around their waist and strap the pad underneath. After the period belt, this made way for the first disposable pad, which came about in 1896 using bandages in plant fibers.
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