More about washable pads: General subject - 19th century Italian - 19th century Norwegian - Pattern for home sewing - Snap-on - With underpants - With belt
More about menstrual seclusion: Dogon of Mali - Hawaiian - Suriname (discussed by Sally Price, Dittman Professor of American Studies at the College of William and Mary, who spent many periods in menstrual huts)
I believe most women in Europe probably bled into their clothing (into their underclothing, a chemise - see it) before 1900; read about this.
Read about the washable pad project for the neighboring Indian state, Rajasthan.
Ads for the Kotex stick tampon (U.S.A., 1970s) - a Japanese stick tampon from the 1970s.
Early commercial tampons - Rely tampon - Meds tampon (Modess)
CONTRIBUTE to Humor, Words and expressions about menstruation and Would you stop menstruating if you could?
Some MUM site links:
homepage | MUM address & What does MUM mean? | e-mail the museum | privacy on this site | who runs this museum?? |
Amazing women! | the art of menstruation | artists (non-menstrual) | asbestos | belts | bidets | founder bio | Bly, Nellie | MUM board | books: menstruation and menopause (and reviews) | cats | company booklets for girls (mostly) directory | contraception and religion | costumes | menstrual cups | cup usage | dispensers | douches, pain, sprays | essay directory | extraction | facts-of-life booklets for girls | famous women in menstrual hygiene ads | FAQ | founder/director biography | gynecological topics by Dr. Soucasaux | humor | huts | links | masturbation | media coverage of MUM | menarche booklets for girls and parents | miscellaneous | museum future | Norwegian menstruation exhibit | odor | olor | pad directory | patent medicine | poetry directory | products, current | puberty booklets for girls and parents | religion | Religión y menstruación | your remedies for menstrual discomfort | menstrual products safety | science | Seguridad de productos para la menstruación | shame | slapping, menstrual | sponges | synchrony | tampon directory | early tampons | teen ads directory | tour of the former museum (video) | underpants & panties directory | videos, films directory | Words and expressions about menstruation | Would you stop menstruating if you could? | What did women do about menstruation in the past? | washable pads
Leer la versión en español de los siguientes temas: Anticoncepción y religión, Breve reseña - Olor - Religión y menstruación - Seguridad de productos para la menstruación.


Washable menstrual pads for women in Almora, Uttar Pradesh state, India, giving them more freedom (1999) (page 2)

Dr. Margaret Greene, of the Center for Health and Gender Equity in Takoma Park, Maryland, U.S.A., sent the page and the information accompanying the pages below.

Below, women learn how to make and wear a cloth pad for menstruation using wood ash.

first page, third page

first page, third page

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