Egypt: Use softened papyrus leaves as tampons. In 1550 BC, there were records in Egypt that soft cloths were put into women’s vaginas to prevent pregnancy. Experts inferred that these soft cloths were also used to cope with menstruation, and that was probably the first generation of “sanitary napkins” we can know.
China: Chinese women use a long white cloth towel to absorb blood under the body when menstruation comes, and wash it with water and alum after replacement
Greece: It is wrapped in linen cloth on wood and used as a tampon.
Africa: In some places, women use soft feathers and cloth pieces to cushion their lower body, and collect the used feathers and cloth pieces in small wooden barrels.
United States: The modern version of sanitary pads is said to have been invented by an American man who loves his wife very much. He accidentally discovered that clean cotton fibers and absorbent pulp were wrapped in a soft cloth to make long strips of cotton. The pad can effectively alleviate the pain and inconvenience of the wife during menstrual period. This kind of cotton pad has become popular from European and American countries in the 1940s, and has gradually developed into the use of disposable materials.
There is also a saying that because women in ancient times did not have sanitary pads to use, women in cave-dwelling times sometimes directly used sponges in the sea or used grass and the like to make sanitary napkins.
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