|What Did Women Do Back Then?
||[Jul. 12th, 2009|07:54 pm]
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Here is a link to a web page about what women used in the days before store-bought tampons and pads were available. I don't know if it's all true, but it sounds probable and it's pretty interesting.
I always thought there should be a song called "The On the Rag Rag."
Maybe -- but I think the "trailing blood all over" part is bogus; just because they have no underwear and weren't using pads does not mean they dribbled blood all over or soiled their clothing.
I find I can usually tell when I am about to leak and will go to the bathroom. I've gotten through entire periods without getting blood on the sanitary napkin except when I'm sleeping. (But I've had comments about how often I needed to go to the bathroom). A folded wad of toilet paper (or any bit of rag) is usually sufficient for insurance. Of course, this is inadequate on heavy flow days, but that's usually only one day...
Only one day for you, maybe. I had very heavy periods and have had blood running down my leg even with two maxi pads on. Thank goodness that's done with.
Women are different. The notion that we all have the same periods, and have the same ones every time, has caused a lot of women a lot of grief.
Actually I used to have very heavy flow also; I would just get up every 15 minutes to go to the bathroom. It seems that perhaps other women don't get the (to me) awful-about-to-flow-over feeling. To me, bleeding into the napkin feels an awful lot like wetting my pants. Maybe I just had over-strict toilet training or something. :-)
I have been in many situations when getting up to use the toilet every fifteen minutes was not possible. Most of the years in which I had this problem, for instance. Lives are different. Bodies are different.
Very interesting! Thanks for posting.
My Mom used to tell us that when she was a teen, she had to use rags. I am not sure why, either because they couldn't afford sanitary napkins, or because her mother thought rags were just fine. My Mom hated that, she's told me, probably because all the other girls had the napkins.
My mother told me what she used. Cloths that had to be washed out, and it was a scandal if a man caught sight of the blood. Men were to be completely protected from sight or smell, because women were supposed to be pure and "fresh". When store-bought pads first became available, it was because nurses started using wound dressings of the right size...but my grandfather and great-aunt considered them indecent and would not allow my mother to use them. But at the time time, no one in the house was supposed to be able to figure out when she was having her periods.
2009-07-15 06:52 pm (UTC)
Link didn't work
It kept asking me for my Chromosomal password and even after I typed in yours, it kept on adding a Y to the end. That is one smart page, baby!