sanitary napkin

variants: or sanitary pad

Definition of sanitary napkin

: a disposable absorbent pad used (as during menstruation) to absorb the uterine flow

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The recent focus around the issue also has spawned a number of new organizations that collect sanitary napkins and tampons for girls and women in need. Karen Berkowitz,, "A new initiative is trying to make searching for tampons easier for Highland Park women. It’s part of a national movement.," 12 Sep. 2019 Sensenbrenner is a descendent of the founder of Kimberly-Clark, the company credited with inventing the sanitary napkin. CBS News, "Veteran Wisconsin GOP Representative Jim Sensenbrenner says he's retiring," 4 Sep. 2019 Thanks to the anonymity of online shopping, more women are experimenting with alternative products like tampons and menstrual cups, and going beyond sanitary napkins, according to Flipkart. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "Online shopping is redefining how small-town Indian women deal with their periods," 30 June 2019 Her home, too, is filled with value packs of sanitary napkins and stacks of shampoo and mouthwash. Christine Condon,, "Committed to helping homeless, Laurel Councilwoman Nicholas to be honored for volunteering," 26 July 2019 The group had items like diapers, wipes, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo and sanitary napkins. Joshua Bote And Briana Sanchez, USA TODAY, "How to help families and children at the border: Volunteer, donate, speak out," 26 June 2019 The definition in the law includes tampons and sanitary napkins. Washington Post, "A new law promised Maryland’s female inmates free tampons. They’re still paying.," 6 June 2019 There is still too much stigma associated with women’s basic health needs, like sanitary napkins and contraception, but these essential needs do not go away in an emergency. Kathy Calvin, Time, "Mothers Around the World Are in Crisis. Here's How You Can Help," 12 May 2018 In a move similar to the one in California, the Illinois legislature passed a new law requiring all schools to provide feminine hygiene products such as tampons and sanitary napkins free in bathrooms of schools with grades 6 through 12. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Free tampons for girls, an end to ‘meal shaming’ — and more in new state laws affecting schools," 6 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of sanitary napkin

1915, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sanitary napkin

US : a thick piece of soft material that is used to absorb blood during menstruation

sanitary napkin

variants: or sanitary pad

Medical Definition of sanitary napkin

: a disposable absorbent pad used (as during menstruation) to absorb the flow from the uterus

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