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Dear BeingGirl Experts,

What other forms of internal menstrual protection did women use before tampons were introduced?

 

Sydney

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Dear Sydney,

Women used internal and external menstrual protection just as we do today. Internal protection has been used for more years than external protection.

 

Depending on what was available where they lived, women used wool, papyrus, cotton and absorbent roots placed just as commercially manufactured tampons are today.

 

Women have also used a variety of materials to collect menstrual blood outside their body like women who use menstrual pads do in modern times. Today’s pads are disposable, but before the late 1890s, women used a variety of materials to collect menstrual blood as it left their body such as fabrics, grass, rabbit skins, sponges, rags or other homemade knitted pads. Today’s commercially manufactured tampons and pads are more reliable along with being much more hygienic and comfortable.

 

We certainly have come a long way with menstrual protection!

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Period Ballerina
Period Ballerina
Posted October 10, 2013
I thought that they would use some form of pads before internal protection.
InfinitiGirl007
InfinitiGirl007
Posted August 04, 2013
ahh! i would have never survived without tampons! :)
Sparkles333jene
Sparkles333jene
Posted April 01, 2013
Wow . I did not expect that . Think how uncomfortable that would be
77Piggybank
77Piggybank
Posted July 15, 2013
i diidnt know they had internal before external... I heard that before pads they used rags. :P gross
Nail Polish Lover
Nail Polish Lover
Posted December 26, 2012
interesting....but weird to reuse a pad after wash
binja
binja
Posted July 03, 2013
thats so clean
BonBonBunny
BonBonBunny
Posted August 16, 2012
I wouldnt want a stick up there...but its interesting how internal protection is older...I didnt know that
wiseowl
wiseowl
Posted September 02, 2012
my mom said they did have tampons you just did not go swimming!
peacelovefriends
peacelovefriends
Posted August 13, 2012
swimmingequalsliving: just go to the ask the experts thing(make sure you're signed in) and you'll see a 'got questions?' thing. just click ask the experts and ask away!!!!
FreshTillDeath27
FreshTillDeath27
Posted August 05, 2012
Grass ayh?
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