This commercial sanitary belt and a home-made sanitary pad were donated to the Museum by a woman and her mother from amongst their personal belongings.
It has only been since the second half of the 20th century that the majority of Australian women have used disposable, commercially manufactured sanitary products during menstruation. Before that most women used home-made napkins. Commercial manufacturers of sanitary pads also manufactured the elastic belts for securing them. Early designs neede...
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