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The invention of sanitary napkins
Feb 09, 2019

Sanitary napkin prototype

Egypt: Use softened papyrus leaves for tampon. In 1550 BC, in Egypt, there were records of putting soft cloth into the vagina of women to prevent pregnancy. Experts concluded that these soft cloths are also used to cope with menstruation. That is probably the first generation of "sanitary napkins" that we can know.

Ancient Chinese sanitary napkin

China: Chinese women use a long white towel to absorb blood after menstruation, and then clean with water and alum.

Greece: It is wrapped in wood on linen and used as a tampon.

Africa: Women in some places use soft feathers and cloth pads on the lower body and collect the used feathers and pieces of cloth in small wooden barrels.

United States: The modern version of the sanitary napkin was allegedly invented by an American man who loves his wife very much. He accidentally discovered that the clean cotton fiber and the absorbent pulp were wrapped with a soft cloth to make a long strip of cotton. Pad can effectively alleviate the pain and inconvenience of the wife during menstruation. This cotton mat became popular in Europe and the United States in the 1940s and gradually developed into disposable materials.

It is also said that women in ancient times, because there is no sanitary cotton to use, so women in the burrowing era sometimes use sponges in the sea, or use grass and other things to make sanitary napkins.

Washable stage

In the 19th century, when entering the stage of "washable sanitary napkins", women put cotton wool or rags into their bags to make so-called "broken bags" for use as sanitary napkins. In addition to the use of rag bags, women of that era put a "hygie apron" between the buttocks and the clothes (a half apron-sized rubber pad, a piece of cotton cloth, and then around the waist, the cotton pad on the rubber pad is worn around the buttocks The genitals are fixed with safety pins or hanging clips, so it is always inconvenient during the days of menstruation.

Disposable stage

Until the First World War invented "fibre cotton", it was added to other product applications, including disposable bandages and their extended products. The nurses will start to use the cotton cloth for gauze surgery or the cloth wrapped with cheese, to make their own "disposable sanitary napkins", and the sanitary napkins are born. In the twentieth century, some companies began to produce sanitary napkins. Women used safety pins or tied physiological belts to fix the sanitary napkins. ("Physiological belts" are similar to a garter tied to the waist, with a strap around the genitals in front. , the back also uses a strap to bypass the buttocks, and then use a safety pin or a hanger to fix the sanitary napkin)

(Another, World War I, an American female nurse serving in France. Women in light white clothes are the pioneers of modern professional women. Even during menstruation, they still have to be elegant, agile and capable. So I made a bold attempt on the menstrual supplies: using bandages and medicinal cotton to make the earliest sanitary napkins. The invention of sanitary napkins is undoubtedly great, and its significance is trans-era. It is precisely because of this. It will be hailed as one of the "Top Ten Inventions of the 20th Century That Influence Humanity.")

In 1921, the world's first disposable sanitary napkin came from Kimberly-Clark, the brand "Kotex".

In 1927, Johnson & Johnson also launched a sanitary napkin brand - Modess

In the 1970s, a major breakthrough in the evolution of sanitary napkins was the birth of “self-adhesive backing sanitary napkins”.

Between 1989 and 1990, "Good Free Butterfly Wings" and "Silk Thin Cotton" changed the history of sanitary napkins.


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