A Short History of Menstrual Hygiene in the Modern Age

May 2019

A one-page summary of key developments in menstrual hygiene in the modern age…

This is a one-page summary of key developments in menstrual hygiene in the modern age, based on Richard Stockton’s Let It Bleed: A People’s History of Menstruation.

It starts with World War One, and the invention of the forerunner of the menstrual pad by French nurses, using cellulose bandages. It takes us through 1929, when tampons with applicators were first patented by Dr Earle Haas. It takes us up to 2018, when India and South Africa scrapped their taxes on menstrual hygiene products.

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PublisherInstitute of Development Studies
ThemesGender, Hygiene, Menstrual health and hygiene
LanguageEnglish

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