sanitary pad Wearing belt

Before there were period panties—or even self-adhesive pads—there was a little thing called a sanitary belt.

Wearing sanitary belt pad

Wearing sanitary belt pad

Wearing sanitary belt pad

Wearing sanitary belt pad

See how women wore a belt and in a Swedish ad. Click on it to enlarge. An actual elastic belt used to hold pads in place before the invention of self-adhesive maxi pads, sanitary belts went the way of the dinosaur almost immediately after Margaret went to press — adhesive maxi pads were invented in the s , and within a decade of publication, Margaret's struggle with her sanitary belt made as much sense to readers as that part in Little House in the Big Woods where they played with a pig bladder.

Swedish ad showing menstrual napkin belt

Wearing sanitary belt pad

Wearing sanitary belt pad

Wearing sanitary belt pad

Wearing sanitary belt pad

But as I spent yet another night trying to hide my bulky, strappy pad from a boyfriend who definitely would not have cared about seeing it, I wondered how much of the frumpiness I felt when on my period had to do with the still-lingering cultural baggage of the sanitary belt and other older menstrual products. Ad for New Victoria Protector , late 19th, early 20th centuries?

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