See more ads for teenagers.
See a Polish ad for Libresse and a Dutch bus-stop ad, 2006 - See a very early Tampax.
Booklets menstrual hygiene companies made for girls, women and teachers - patent medicine - a list of books and articles about menstruation - videos
CONTRIBUTE to Humor, Words and expressions about menstruation and Would you stop menstruating if you could?
Some MUM site links:
MUM address & What does MUM mean? |
Email the museum |
Privacy on this site |
Who runs this museum?? |
Amazing women! |
Art of menstruation (and awesome ancient art of menstruation) |
Artists (non-menstrual) |
Asbestos |
Belts |
Bidets |
Birth control and religion |
Birth control drugs, old |
Birth control douche & sponges |
Founder bio |
Bly, Nellie |
MUM board |
Books: menstruation & menopause (& reviews) |
Cats |
Company booklets for girls (mostly) directory |
Contraception and religion |
Contraceptive drugs, old |
Contraceptive douche & sponges |
Costumes |
Menstrual cups |
Cup usage |
Dispensers |
Douches, pain, sprays |
Essay directory |
Examination, gynecological (pelvic) (short history) |
Extraction |
Facts-of-life booklets for girls |
Famous women in menstrual hygiene ads |
Feminine napkin, towel, pad directory |
Founder/director biography |
Gynecological topics by Dr. Soucasaux |
Humor |
Huts |
Links |
Masturbation |
Media coverage of MUM |
Menarche booklets for girls and parents |
Miscellaneous |
Museum future |
Norwegian menstruation exhibit |
Odor |
Olor |
Pad, towel, napkin directory |
Patent medicine |
Poetry directory |
Products, some current |
Puberty booklets for girls and parents|
Religion |
Religión y menstruación |
Your remedies for menstrual discomfort |
Menstrual products safety |
Sanitary napkin, towel, pad directory |
Seguridad de productos para la menstruación |
Science |
Shame |
Slapping, menstrual |
Sponges |
Synchrony |
Tampon directory |
Early tampons |
Teen ads directory |
Tour of the former museum (video) |
Towel, pad, sanitary napkin directory |
Underpants & panties directory |
Videos, films directory |
Words and expressions about menstruation |
Would you stop menstruating if you could? |
What did women do about menstruation in the past? |
Washable pads |
Read 10 years (1996-2006) of articles and Letters to Your MUM on this site.
Leer la versión en español de los siguientes temas: Anticoncepción y religión, Breve reseña - Olor - Religión y menstruación - Seguridad de productos para la menstruación.

The Museum of Menstruation and Women's Health

Geen drup. (Not a drop.)
Ad for Always Ultra menstrual pads, The Netherlands
Viva magazine

Isn't it convenient to have a map of Europe with you - actually, on you -  in case you forget which city is next on your luxury tour of the Continent? And in beautiful weather? Sunny, 86 degrees F.?

Trouble is, you'll have to peek inside your pants to see it.  There are gentler ways to get to know the person next to you. Maybe just ask a guide instead.

The only other maps in ads for menstrual products that I know of are on a wacky pad disposal bag and a 1920s page showing how widely Kotex was available in the U.S.

On the map below, any drops would have landed in the Mediterranean Sea (maybe hitting Corsica and Sardinia) and North Africa unless - and this is the point - Always had intercepted them.

See other Always and Libresse ads featuring panties and how the company protects them, an important function of menstrual products.
Margot van Mulken kindly sent me this ad, one of scores, along with
many photocopies of Dutch ads, as part of her research for her article "De verpakking
van maandverband: De ontwikkeling van retoriek in tijdschriftadvertenties"
(The Packaging of of Menstrual Pads: The Development of Rhetoric in
Magazine Advertising) in Tidschift voor Genderstudies (Journal of Gender Studies),
See another one she sent me, from 1998.
Below: The page measures 8 1/2 x 10 3/4" (21.6 x 27.3 cm).
My translation:


(in circle)
Now with Always
up to 25 florins
discount on Philips care products like Ladyshave. See the promotional leaflet in shops.

Not a drop.

Ultra thin

Dri-weave top layer Ultra absorbing center
Wings for extra protection

Let's keep this simple. Always ultra works really well. 1. Dri-weave pulls the fluid inside. 2. The ultra absorbing center absorbs everything possible. That produces a clean and dry feeling. 3. You can also get it with wings for extra protection. It's ultra improbable that the Always Ultra napkin will leak. As improbable as that you'll be hit by lightning.


See other Always and Libresse ads featuring panties and how the company protects them, an important function of menstrual products.

See a Polish ad for Libresse, a Dutch Libresse bus-stop ad and some ads for teenagers.

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