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What In The World

Victoria M.


Did you know that globally - pads are the most common form of feminine hygiene protection? In some countries, pads are the only form of hygiene products used and many women opt for even more natural options such as reusable cloths or undergarments.

In an effort to not only be more health conscious but eco-friendly- many companies are creating products that are biodegradable, compostable, all natural and made with organic cotton. We applaud all of these innovators (and give ourselves a pat on the back too) as there has not been any true innovation in decades!

A timeline of feminine hygiene products shows that many of the antiquated stances still held true but there are so many boundaries being broken and left behind, which is great!

Here are some eye-opening and interesting facts about menstruation around the world:


  • Disposable menstrual pads grew from a Benjamin Franklin invention created to help stop wounded soldiers from bleeding, but appear to have been first commercially available from around 1888
  • Canadian women prefer menstrual cups
  • In 40 states, plus the District of Columbia, pads and tampons are subject to sales tax
  • Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE) helps women in Rwanda jumpstart locally owned franchises to manufacture affordable, eco-friendly menstrual pads
  • A global initiative that was initiated by WASH United in 2014: Menstrual Hygiene Day, on May 28. Has more than 290 partners, including global and local NGOs, research and academic organizations
  • There are more than 5,000 euphemisms for periods around the world
  • Disney made a movie about periods in the 1940s called “The Story of Menstruation” and was an explainer for tweens on what’s about to hit their ovaries
  • Researchers from the U.K.'s University of Hertfordshire surveyed more than 400 menstruating women on their spending habits during different parts of their cycle and found that women spent more money and shopped more impulsively while menstruating than during other phases of their cycle
  • Days for Girls is an international nonprofit working to provide people with periods across the world "ready feasible access to quality sustainable hygiene and health education by 2022."


No matter where you live or what stage you are in life it feels good to know that there are companies and initiatives changing and paving the way for better and improved products, accessibility and education on menstruation. If you know of a great company or cause that is changing the way we view menstruation, share it with us and let’s keep this conversation going!


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