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What did women use before tampons were invented?

My mom complains that her family was so poor that they wouldn't buy her any in the 1950s. She had to borrow from other girls and was humiliated.

Did people make their own?

by Anonymousreply 61January 23, 2023 10:52 PM

Very small sheep.

by Anonymousreply 1January 21, 2023 10:13 PM

My grandmother told me they used potato bags. She grew up on a farm, and later moved to Chicago, where she said they would steal those old brown paper napkins, and paste them into a cardboard box for heavy days. She told me they were not very sanitary. She became a nurse, and had zero filter talking - at the dinner table, no less - about these things. My dad (her son) would tell her to stop, but she thought it was stupid to not educate people.

by Anonymousreply 2January 21, 2023 10:18 PM

Here you go, OP. All you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask...

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by Anonymousreply 3January 21, 2023 10:23 PM

You rang.

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by Anonymousreply 4January 21, 2023 10:23 PM

This guy...

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by Anonymousreply 5January 21, 2023 10:23 PM

Soaked corn cobs in salt water

by Anonymousreply 6January 21, 2023 10:29 PM

OP I have been watching a lot of videos about general hygiene in the 1700's Versaille (recommended to me for some strange reason) and I found the videos fascinating.

This one pretty much explains the taboo surrounding menstruation and how different cultures dealt with it.

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by Anonymousreply 7January 21, 2023 10:29 PM

This is a perfect topic of discussion for a gay website and will undoubtedly be a multipart thread.

by Anonymousreply 8January 21, 2023 10:29 PM

And in case you wanted to know about hygiene in general, back in the 1700's.

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by Anonymousreply 9January 21, 2023 10:31 PM

I’ll never forget seeing blood soaked tampons underneath a table in a fast food restaurant in the 90s.

by Anonymousreply 10January 21, 2023 10:36 PM

Rags made from old Cotton sheets that weren’t being used for klan activity

by Anonymousreply 11January 21, 2023 10:38 PM

My ladybugs eat away any messiness discharged.

by Anonymousreply 12January 21, 2023 10:47 PM

Rich women were in bed for 5 to 7 days, diapered in cotton cloths. Other women also stuffed their underpants with cotton cloth but had to continue their daily lives.

Yes, only women bleed.

by Anonymousreply 13January 21, 2023 10:48 PM

What's a tampon?

by Anonymousreply 14January 21, 2023 10:48 PM


by Anonymousreply 15January 21, 2023 10:50 PM

Has Nan Michiganwomyn chimed in yet?

This is right up her ... ahem... alley.

If I recall correctly, there's something about moon cups.

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by Anonymousreply 16January 21, 2023 10:51 PM

Maxi-Pads, Rose.

by Anonymousreply 17January 21, 2023 10:55 PM

I'll always remember a cartoon I saw in Playboy magazine that I read through when I was a little kid.

It was a straight guy with blood all over his face, and he had just finished eating out a woman's pussy during her period.

That cartoon was both fascinating and disgusting.

Do straight men really fetishize women on the rag?

by Anonymousreply 18January 21, 2023 10:57 PM

I’ll never forget being 8 yrs old and having some ugly ogre 10 yr old girl explain to me how girls piss blood when they’re 13 yrs old.

by Anonymousreply 19January 21, 2023 10:58 PM

They’re like dogs sniffing around. They want to know where that smell comes from. First comes the blood them comes the boys.

by Anonymousreply 20January 21, 2023 11:00 PM

[quote] girls piss blood when they’re 13 yrs old.

That's an interesting way to put it.

by Anonymousreply 21January 21, 2023 11:00 PM

OP, you do realize where the colloquialism "on the rag" comes from, right?


by Anonymousreply 22January 21, 2023 11:02 PM

Rags and cloths

by Anonymousreply 23January 21, 2023 11:03 PM

Laughed my ass off at r15

by Anonymousreply 24January 21, 2023 11:04 PM

Pine needles

Corn cobs

by Anonymousreply 25January 21, 2023 11:09 PM

A finger.

by Anonymousreply 26January 21, 2023 11:14 PM

My lesbian lovers face

by Anonymousreply 27January 21, 2023 11:22 PM

Who cares?

by Anonymousreply 28January 21, 2023 11:52 PM

They stuffed kittens up there.

by Anonymousreply 29January 22, 2023 12:03 AM

They wore rrrrrraaaaaaaaagggggggssssssssss.

Up there. You know.

The sound when a crusty rusty wad was pulled out was something that the whole village heard.

by Anonymousreply 30January 22, 2023 12:12 AM

Going for the red...err gold

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by Anonymousreply 31January 22, 2023 12:15 AM

I'm guessing it sucked. I saw something about them using whatever materials they could. At some point, they had like a belt thing. Almost like a jock strap, uh, minus the need for a pouch for a dick.

However, I also read it wasn't as difficult as dealing with it now a days for two reasons: 1) menstruation started later than now because of poor nutrition. Instead of being say 12, they were closer to 20. Body fat % and nutrition must reach a certain point before it triggers menstruation. 2) women were pregnant so much, they barely had time to menstruate. Between malnutrition (which can halt periods in any aged woman) and pregnancy, it was nothing like modern times where it requires maintenance every single month, for like 30 years of their lives.

by Anonymousreply 32January 22, 2023 12:39 AM

Gets a decent article about it:.

"What we do know is that periods were less regular in pre-modern times than today, due to the fact that many women would have been malnourished. Menstrual regularity was also impacted by the fact that most women spent a larger part of their reproductive life either pregnant or breastfeeding, compared to today."

Only thing now a days to avoid one would be to take birth control 365 days a week, which unsurprisingly works by mimicking pregnancy hormones.

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by Anonymousreply 33January 22, 2023 12:44 AM

Sears catalogue.

by Anonymousreply 34January 22, 2023 12:58 AM

Museum of Menstruation awaits you.

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by Anonymousreply 35January 22, 2023 1:03 AM

My grandmother told me they'd go to the beach and do splits. Apparently, the sand is really absorbent.

by Anonymousreply 36January 22, 2023 1:35 AM

r35 Do they have a gift shop? A cafeteria?

by Anonymousreply 37January 22, 2023 2:45 AM

OP is Jill

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by Anonymousreply 38January 22, 2023 2:53 AM

There were menstrual belts, elastic band around the waist, had a tab in front and back that the pad would be tied to/through.


by Anonymousreply 39January 22, 2023 2:57 AM

What did women in 3rd world countries use ?

by Anonymousreply 40January 22, 2023 3:01 AM


by Anonymousreply 41January 22, 2023 3:07 AM

#34 = Loretta Lynn

by Anonymousreply 42January 22, 2023 3:09 AM

R40 Any absorbent material available, like literal rags. There's some countries where they make them sit in "menstrual" huts the entire time. I'm not sure if they give them anything for hygeine though. Sadly girls have died because the can be poisonous critters hiding in these dark huts (like snakes).

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by Anonymousreply 43January 22, 2023 3:21 AM

I don't even wanna think about it. Life was shitty enough for Woman without having to deal with that.

by Anonymousreply 44January 22, 2023 3:29 AM

Life was shitty for everyone, let's not pretend that men were living a fantastic life either.

by Anonymousreply 45January 22, 2023 3:48 AM

r40, see r1

by Anonymousreply 46January 22, 2023 3:55 AM

I know they still have reusable, washable sanitary pads in some countries. And let's not forget the Diva Cup!

by Anonymousreply 47January 22, 2023 3:56 AM

My German Oma (who was born in 1912) told me they knitted pads, washed them and dried them on a clothes line.

by Anonymousreply 48January 22, 2023 4:20 AM

[quote]R35 Museum of Menstruation awaits you.

I can’t believe someone else here knows about that site!

They have an old ad for these Bunsen burner type things you could travel with to burn your soiled rags, rather than going through the embarrassment of washing and drying them when you were a guest.

by Anonymousreply 49January 22, 2023 5:04 AM

How did the loss of monthly blood not kill some of the women who menstruated? I had older sisters and shared a bathroom. They had playtex and Kotex items. My mother had a hot water bottle (from the 40's) for them. I remember them whining about cramps, and using that as an excuse not to go to school or work. I asked my Granny why it was such a big deal. Granny told me that blood stained corsets were a common thing you would see in a woman's lavatory. Granny did her wash in a giant tub of boiling water, in all temperatures year round, and once out of that water, up the underwear went on an outside clothes line. She went to The College of Mt. Saint Joseph and said the ignorance of many of the young women was astounding, and The Sisters of Charity were full of fire and brimestone talk to any student who didn't get a monthly blood letting. Poor women!

by Anonymousreply 50January 23, 2023 1:21 AM

In the awful novel "Longbourn," a novel that takes place "below stairs" in the world of "Pride and Prejudice," the author spends an interminable amount of time detailing how the maid has to wash out the linens the Bennet girls use during their periods.

by Anonymousreply 51January 23, 2023 1:38 AM

Grandmawmaw used horsehair & twine.

by Anonymousreply 52January 23, 2023 2:16 AM

one cotton ball

by Anonymousreply 53January 23, 2023 1:20 PM

Plug it up!

Plug it up!

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by Anonymousreply 54January 23, 2023 3:39 PM

Tapioca sprinkled in the crotch of their panties.

by Anonymousreply 55January 23, 2023 3:55 PM

Where did the real DLers go today? Gay men obsessed with women...sheesh!

by Anonymousreply 56January 23, 2023 3:59 PM

[quote] Tapioca sprinkled in the crotch of their panties.

Sounds like the makings of a mud pie.

I think I'm going to be sick.

by Anonymousreply 57January 23, 2023 4:04 PM

Ancient Egyptian women made their own tampons.

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by Anonymousreply 58January 23, 2023 4:32 PM

Sea sponges.

by Anonymousreply 59January 23, 2023 6:20 PM

Bounty the quicker picker upper

by Anonymousreply 60January 23, 2023 9:24 PM

They were naked and didn’t use anything

by Anonymousreply 61January 23, 2023 10:52 PM
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