Do any of you ladies remember belted pads?
Modess Hospital size pads still have tabs for connection to a sanitary belt. I have a collection of about 20 belts from Kotex, Modess etc. I find seeing a female with a belted pad on quite a turn on for me. Pads and Sanitary items are my sexual trigger. There are still belts and belted pads available online. My ex-wife really enjoyed what we called period play which involved both of us. Many times I was told to wear a belt and pad under my clothes and I found it so exciting.
It's been a while since some of these memories surfaced at a time allowing transcription into the care of tortured electron's warm safekeeping.
I'd had a few really indelible set of emotional imprints in my pre-teen life and one categorical was discovering that girls becoming women would have periods. With all the associated things and physical changes. Snipping to the topical for this thread- I'd discovered sanitary pads and the belts as part of enema play- and separately- from IBS messes.
The memory linkages came later in my teens when I'd developed the habit of wearing hospital size pads and/or Confidets during some enema sessions simply for the peace of mind. So much less worry that every stray driplet would be avoidably messy. And reflecting in fantasy- upon the fact that women associated pads with their cramps. I'd actually developed such a self-taught empathy relationship that SEEING the napkins or belts could produce sharp memory of an HHH enema's cramps felt after ten or more minutes walking up and down stairs. And the recurrent transgender fantasies developed inn later years.
Flash forwards to here and now: Ecological sensibilities are bringing cloth back. Washable pads are now appearing in commerce and some are yes- belt style! We've come a long way from cruddy designs that inherently could never be comfy and some of the newer well made ones are reportedly making periods way more comfy than any other external pad before. The "Belted all-in-one" and "absorbent panel thong" are two belt ancestry styles. And yhe lined panty models are also approaching a replacement for disposables that women unable to use internal protection might actually find comfortable aside form the financial /environmental aspects. Being a cancer survivor also has altered my perceptions about disposables:>
Why did they stop making them? Because they twisted and bunched up and got pretty gross at times. I remember some very bad accidents. I recall having the panties but they were tight and uncomfortable and hot. The adhesive did a much better job of holding them in place. Back then we didn't have the light day panty shields either. It was pads or nothing. And heaven forbid you asked mom about tampons because that was just out of the question. Swimming on days when you had your period? You just didn't swim. I recall one day going to the beach with the whole family and meeting a couple other families there and spending the day fully dressed sitting under an umbrella on a blanket. Mom whispered to the other mothers "it's that time of the month" and I died of embarrassment. Like most girls, I eventually bought my own tampons. I hated the belts. And I remember us all giggling in health class when the butch gym teacher had to give us the "talk" and hold up the belt and show us how to attach the pad. What a hoot! By then, most of us were already using them.
as a male who discovered periods and the attire used when i was about 13 sanitary belts were still very evident. this was early 1970s so adhesive pads were still non existent here in uk . tampons were generally frowned upon unless the girl concerned was at least 18 years of age. i loved finding out about all of this and felt then pretty much as i do now those belts wre quite sexy really. have i used one? well yes actually. my girlfriend and i share her monthly times with much fun.
They were already relics by the time I got my period, but my mom still had a belt or two in the back of a drawer.
The pads with adhesive hadn't been invented when I started getting my period. That first time for me it was a sanitary belt with metal clasps that held the napkin in place front and back. It was a bit much to carry a belt and a napkin in my purse so that I was prepared just in case my period came when I was at school. With a few months I converted to tampons and was I ever happy about it, too. Besides when your good friends are starting to use them you want to be part of the in club.
Well, I'm male, but I've many memories of the belted pads made special largely by the women in my life who wore them. And my wearing them is captured in some memories I may repost either in blog or perhaps here? So, snipping deeper details, I viewed them as a thing of many aspects. One "friend girl" simply loved them as she'd wear the belteds under a skirt to be teasing both men and women who caught her eye.
VERY fond memories of the looks she got back from some ladies and how often it got her asked for dates. Damnear to flawless detection of who to-or not- flash was the other part about her that kept me hanging around even if we'd never be a couple. Because sometimes- being just friends can be rare and special all on it's own. The part I will close with for now, I got my first belts mostly to wear pads while holding enemas.
yes, my mom bought them when I first started with periods, thank goodness it didnt last long lol changed them too sticky ones after a few months
Earlier in our marriage my wife used pads instead of tampons. Instead of a plain sanitary napkin belt she would make ones with lace and bows in different colors and used garter straps sewn to the front and back to secure the pad. Seeing her wearing these garments during her menses was most erotically pleasurable. Sometimes around the home she would wear a thin gauzy nightgown or sheer house dress with with only the napkin belt underneath. Although she no longer has periods, I get her to still wear a belt and pad.
I used the belts and pads when I first started with periods and I still shudder thinking about them. I was thrilled to discover tampons, but my mother wouldn't let me use them except for certain circumstances ie, swimming - however, as soon as I left home at 17, those godawful pads were never used again, now thankfully menopause appears to be here.
Talking about the phrase "on the rag", I remember my brother when being chewed out for something, saying to my mom "geez, you must be on the rag!" It's a mystery how he ever lived to tell about it.
BTW, what are those pink and blue lines to the left of the avatars for?
I'm not female, but remember the old belted napkins my mother and sister used.
I also remember a couple of items that were used in place of belts.
There was an item called a "Sanitary Shield" that was somewhat similar to today's thong underwear. It was basically a belt with pad clips or tabs and moistureproof crotch panel and was intended to prevent leaks and keep the pad in place.
Another was called a "Sanitary Panty" and was a fairly heavy nylon full panty with sewn in pad clips and a rubber or plastic crotch panel that came fairly high in both front and back to prevent leaks and staining of clothing. My guess is that they were quite effective in preventing leaks, but would have been quite uncomfortable to wear especially in hot weather.
Like the belts, they disappeared from the market when the self adhesive pads became accepted by users.
Anyone else remember these?
having had my first menstruation back in 1973 I can remember using that old sanitary belts....lol....they were funny...
talking about tampoons, I remember having my mother-in-law being shocked when she knew I used them....I wasn't married yet....it was about 1982....lol!!!!
ladydocsin - now you've just revived something else in my mind about starting on tampon wear when you went away to boarding school.
Many unenlightened mothers, in the era you mention, thought their daughters were 'loose women' or worse when they asked about tampon wear. Maybe they were fixated on those vaginas remaining virginal and that applicators (or worse still the non applicator type) might encourage girls to try other penetrative objects!
Oh come back on this fbtz2k88 please. I'm feeling lonely on this subject with only the two of us having blue lines at the side of our avatars!
Oh geez! Thanks for the memories! Back in the day, when dinosaurs were just extinct, and I was first menstruating, I wore the old-fashioned pads with the sanitary belt. This was in the mid-70's. The adhesive strips had just been introduced and my mother didn't trust the technology at all. In her view, anything that made the "curse" more like a curse, was beneficial!
And tampons? OMG, it wasn't until I went away to boarding school and was responsible for buying my own "unmentionables" that I kicked over the traces and stepped out of the 19th century! If I had known then what I know now, it would have the moon cup all the way for me!
Thanks for the stroll down memory lane!
Thanks for the memories, BigK, and everyone else as well. I have never heard of these "unmentionables". Somehow, I missed all of this while I was growing to adulthood.
I definitely remember the OTR term :P. I have read history that indicated that a woman kept a box of washable rags on a shelf for that time of the month. Actually native americans used very soft suede, absorbent moss, or rabbit fur. Can you imagine? Not too sanitary i am guessing particularly the moss.
Mashie, gyno and BigK, even I recall hearing people saying things like, "She is OTR," meaning "on the rag."
What follows is crude in the extreme but I think its worth repeating. I wouldn't be surprised if it still went on at present.
I was one of 3 brothers, wide age gaps between us, no sisters. Parents devout Christian, no mention EVER of such issues and because of that no knowledge either. I went to the altar a virgin and married a virgin and, although no one really believes me, I still wasn't sure that girls were 'different' than boys.
The reference to ragging has just brought out of my mind, from probably 60 years ago a phrase I heard at school. I obviously didn't know the inference then and, until now I still didn't and never even thought about it.
It was a mixed sex school (Oh what joy I missed by being ignorant) and at 'playtime' in the yard I'd hear the shouted comment "Don't go near her - she's got the jam rags up!" - it meant nothing to me - it does now, all those years later.
I said it was going to be crude. I'm less (a lot less) ignorant than I was. I don't think such a crude cruel thing should have been said then and I'd take on anyone who used a phrase like it now.
So, dear ladies of yore. I'm apologising on behalf of my schoolfellows for their insensitivity to what I recognise is an outward manifestation of womanhood which, although not always welcomed by the fair sex, is just one of the many marvels of sex and reproduction.
Before leaving this somewhat gory subject just a couple of illustrations about my parents (mainly my mother's) attitudes to such issues.
Both of our children were born at home (we had had 5 years since losing our virginity in the marriage bed to work things out). My mother, who lived nearby, said she would look after my wife after the birth. We'd agreed that I would have time off work to look after her and we said 'no thanks Mother'. Mother was distraught saying, (but not to me) 'but he won't be able to get your unmentionables (heavy duty sanitary towels)from the chemist (drug store).
Later in mother's life when she was widowed and frail she still lived nearby. Trash was disposed of in a wheeled bin kept, with others, in a communal space at the rear of the houses. There must have been a time when she discovered either sanitary towels or tampons in her bin because when she was no longer able to go outside she asked my wife, in suitably hushed tones, if she would check her bin daily to make sure no one had put 'unmentionables' in it. That would have been circa 1995 so her rigid upbringing stayed with her till 'modern' times
wow this again i have never heard of and i enjoyed the little read abobut it and what it does .
well i am abit young to remember this and also i had never been told about them
When did sanitary belts disappear, Lady Teddy?
Well, it would probably be at the same time as adhesive manufacturers developed adhesives that wouldn't leave traces when items were peeled off which gummed up washing machines. Pity that storekeepers don't use price labels which don't fit that criteria and you can't get the stickiness off that beautiful gift you've bought for someone!
They probably also disappeared when the loops came detached from the hooks and smacked the user in the eye!
Though in my younger days when people couldn't afford proper sanitary wear they would tear up and fold old sheets or towels pinning the ends to their top half undergarments. Talk about VPL! And, because they didn't always have clothes etc to tear up they actually washed these home made garments.
I guess thats why the menses were often referred to as 'the curse! Maybe there was a lot of cursing! Happy days? I don't think so!
Great question, fbtz2k88. I am too young to remember them, but have heard of them. Also agree with Angielouwhos, I wonder when they disappeared?
Lady Teddy, PNW, USA
I never wore them, but i remember seeing that mom did. I wonder when these stopped being a popular item?
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