Menstrual pad suspenders!
See how a woman wore a belt in a Dutch ad. See a classy 1920s ad for a belt and the first ad (1891) MUM has for a belt.
CONTRIBUTE to Humor, Words and expressions about menstruation and Would you stop menstruating if you could?
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Read 10 years (1996-2006) of articles and Letters to Your MUM on this site.
Leer la versión en español de los siguientes temas: Anticoncepción y religión, Breve reseña - Olor - Religión y menstruación - Seguridad de productos para la menstruación.

Belts to hold menstrual pads, part 2

Women wore commercial belts at least from the latter part of the nineteenth century. Because self-adhesive pads became available only in the early 1970s, if women used pads, they had to wear either belts or "sanitary panties," underpants with hooks or tabs or something else to hold the pad in place.

Companies sold probably hundreds of varieties of belts in the past hundred years, but the industry almost disappeared in the early 1970s with the advent of pads with adhesive (Stayfree and New Freedom).

See my drawing of a mid-19th century belt and pad in the collection of the Valentine Richmond History Center in Richmond, Virginia, U.S.A.
See Australian belts and pads, about 1900, and Chinese belts and pad holders. Chinese pad and panty pad - Japanese pad, older.
An anonymous donor generously gave MUM most of the belts on this page.
Many files, long download!
Belts, part 1



This dates probably from the 1970s to 1980s. (American)
The box is copyrighted 1976. (American)


The box bears a copyright of 1980. 
No dates are on the box but the hairdo looks as if it's from the 1970s (Canada). See the belt and details of the box.



 I believe this dates from the 1980s. (American)
  I believe this also dates from the 1980s. (American)



 The box is copyrighted 1986. (American)
 The box is also copyrighted 1986. (American) 

END Belts, part 1 - Menstrual pad suspenders! See how women wore a belt (and in a Swedish ad).
See a modern belt for a washable pad and a page from the 1946-47 Sears catalog showing a great variety.

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