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A little history lesson of the evolution of the sanitary pad.

Pads are the most used menstrual management instruments. They are easy to use and accessible in most places.

The current ones we use are made up of synthetic but they were not always like that.

References to menstrual pads tell the story of women who threw used menstrual pads to admirers she was not interested in. Genius, right?

Before the disposable pad was invented, most women used rags, cotton, or sheep’s wool in their underwear to stem the flow of menstrual blood. Knitted pads, rabbit fur, even grass were all used by women to handle their periods.

The very first disposable pads were thought up by nurses, looking for new methods to stop excessive bleeding, particularly on the battlefield.

The first pads were made from wood pulp bandages by nurses in France. It was very absorbent, and cheap enough to throw away afterwards.

Commercial manufacturers borrowed this idea and the first disposable pads were available for purchase.

The problem was, women did not feel comfortable asking for this product and most still do not.

Yet this is a natural occurrence for women all over the world.

By Wambui Ochieng'

Radical Feminist

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