Have you ever wondered how women managed their periods before the invention of sanitary pads, tampons, and menstrual cups that we know and use today?
Allure has done it again and did a feature video on the last 100 years of menstruation products, starting from the homemade rags of the 1910s, the sanitary belts of the 1940s, the adhesive pads of the 1970s, and the super absorbent tampons of the 1980s.
It’s interesting to see how over the years people have increasingly become more aware of what goes on in the female body during periods and have taken active steps to recognizing that it’s normal and definitely not something to be ashamed of.
However, it’s the shame that the geniuses behind the invention of the menstrual cup were too ‘advanced’ for their time because not only did the menstrual cup did not take off once, but twice, and two decades apart.
They are probably now rolling in their graves for not being able to see just how popular and attractive menstrual cups are now getting to a generation that places huge emphasis on lessening our carbon footprint and going more eco-friendly.
Imagine the waste we could have avoided from all the pads and tampons all menstruating females consume all over the world in any given year, if only menstrual cups were made more available and accessible.
Nevertheless, we are a step towards the right direction and we have all the bright minds from the last 100 years to thank.
Watch the evolution of menstruation products in the last 100 years here.