Read an earlier discussion of this: What did European and American women use for menstruation in the 19th century and before?
See the B-ettes tampon. See the tampon directory.
Ads for teens (see also introductory page for teenage advertising): Are you in the know? (Kotex napkins and Quest napkin powder, 1948, U.S.A.), Are you in the know? (Kotex napkins, 1953, U.S.A.), Are you in the know? (Kotex napkins and belts, 1964, U.S.A.), Freedom (1990, Germany), Kotex (1992, U.S.A.), Pursettes (1974, U.S.A.), Pursettes (1974, U.S.A.), Saba (1975, Denmark)
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CONTRIBUTE to Humor,
Words and expressions about
menstruation and Would
you stop menstruating if you could?
A 19th-century German comments on menstruation, with a proposal for a menstrual pad and belt: from Friedrich Eduard Bilz's Das Neue Naturheilverfahren (about 1890)
Read the discussion here.
(translated text continued from here)
Translation by Harry Finley (the original text is at the bottom of this page):
After a discussion of making pads for women who have just had babies, which I've omitted, Bilz discusses girls starting puberty. The word he uses for a girl's puberty, Mannbarkeit, is strange, having the German word for male, Mann, as part of it. In my first translation I missed the sinister aspect to the word. The Austrian woman who contributed the text to the museum set me straight:
It's very desirable that grown daughters are made to act in the same way during their menstruation. If they get a small pad corresponding to their body size at the time of puberty and are guided about cleanliness, they'll be spared much unpleasantness and in any case will have an undisturbed sexual development.
Poorer women for whom the rather low price for such pads and accessories is still too high can easily make pads from any kind of fabric and the pillows from muslin and cheap cotton bought wholesale by weight.