History of Menstrual Products

History of Menstrual Products

The HeartFelt menstrual cup is made of premium silicone, it’s so comfortable you will forget that it’s even there, and you can finally say goodbye to a bag full of tampons and pads, with up to 12-hour protection day or night. Ladies never had it so good. For thousands of years, women have been trying to figure out how to make monthly visits from “aunt flow” less of an inconvenience. HeartFelt menstrual cups might just be that difference. Let’s explore some history of menstruation.

Warrior women, a.k.a. Ancient Roman women, used some kind of absorbent cotton or linen pads to line underwear during their period. Women most likely did not have regular monthly periods due to poor nutrition.  There is some speculation of primitive tampons being used during this time. Warrior women’s idea of a tampon was a stick wrapped in soft lint, but there is no actual evidence to back up that claim. Imagine using a stick as a tampon.

Medieval maidens did not wear undergarments. The lack of underwear would make being on the rag a bit tricky. Women simply bled into their clothes. Greg Jenner, a British public historian writes, “In medieval Europe they carried nosegays of sweet-smelling herbs around their necks and waists, hoping it would neutralize the odor of blood, and they might try to stem a heavy flow with such medicines as powdered toad.”

Victorian ladies of the 19th century pinned cotton or flannel into their bloomers during period week. The sanitary apron, a rubber apron with a strip that runs between the legs, is invented in 1850. The apron was smelly and uncomfortable. In the late 1800’s menstrual belts, which are, cloth belts that pads can be tied or buttoned on, came into use. It was basically like wearing a diaper. The cloth chafed the upper thighs and made painful abrasions.

World War I is when feminine hygiene takes a turn of the better. French WWI nurses invent a more modern pad when they notice how well the bandages used on soldiers soak up blood. The bandages are a blend of acrylic cotton and the nurses start using them to soak up menstrual blood. Kotex gets word of this and they develop a cellulose pad for commercial use.

Remember those awesome menstrual belts of the late 1800’s? Well, those stuck around until 1969 and were commonly used. They were improved on, but the concept was still the same. It was not until 1969 that the first adhesive pad strip appears. Thank heavens for adhesive! Things took off from there and if you are a woman of the 2000’s you’ve basically used an adhesive pad or modern-day tampons during menstruation.

Take things one more advanced step and you get medical grade silicone, BPA free, HeartFelt menstrual cups. To say the menstrual cup is an improvement would be a massive understatement. With the cup you get hours, like 12 out of 24 hours, of leak proof protection and a barely there feel. Not only is the cup going to save you bucko bucks by not having to buy pads or tampons, it helps save our world from waste. It’s a win win.