You can't stop the flow, so where do you go?
Us modern women have it so easy when it comes to our monthly visitor. We can run out and buy pads, tampons, or even stop our periods entirely while remaining perfectly healthy. Once you realize what women used to go through (and still do in parts of the world), you’ll be thanking goddess for all of the perks we have right now, not including aspirin and ice cream to make those pesky cramps minimal. Take a trip through history to find out how ancient women dealt with their menses.
Ancient Egyptians are obsessed over because they’re one of the oldest societies that had a written history. They talked about menstrual blood saying that it could be used as a medicine for women. They often used dried papyrus as tampons.
The Greeks got a little bit more technological. These ladies would pick up lint, wrap it around small sticks, and shove it up there to capture the blood. Hippocrates himself explained that in his writings.
The women of Rome had a similar idea, but they used material that wasn’t first made into cloth. They would use wool, and sometimes they would soak it in things like honey, opium, or poppy oil in order to relieve cramps.