Sanitary napkin, sanitary towel, sanitary pad, menstrual pad, or pad is an absorbent item worn by a woman while she is menstruating, while she is recovering from vaginal surgery, for lochia (post-birth bleeding), or in any other situation where it is necessary to absorb a flow of blood from the vagina. The question is do women know what types of materials are used to make the sanitary pads they wear against their skin to the very delicate area? Do they know if these sanitary products are manufactured with woman’s health in mind?
Many women living in poverty use rags, newspaper, or even mud to manage their menstrual periods. None of these work very well and are known to introduce infections or injuries; they also restrict women’s movement. Often, women fear being in public without protection from blood-staining.