There are so many fears and stigmas attached to menstruation and everything associated with it including sanitary napkins. So many households have certain long procedures regarding disposal of sanitary napkins which are plain annoying.
SJ once told me of a time, when she had bad cramps and could barely stand and was stuck at work for two hours before heading to her nearest relatives place for rest. When she wanted to discard her used napkin in the dustbin, her cousin did not let her and made her walk 2 kilometers in the hot sun with cramps just to throw it away near some dump which was more unhygienic and it was near some water source!!
I remember once when I was staying over at a family friends place, and I wanted to discard mine, the lady was uncomfortable with me throwing it in the dustbin and the trash bag in the house as the maids had already taken out the trash for the day. She made me throw the used napkin from the terrace to the space between the nearby flats and I never felt so irritated and swore never to stay at her place again. Wasn’t it more hygienic to keep it in the dustbin covered and throw it in the dump the next day?
I found that in a lot of places I have studied in India, do not have dustbins in the toilets at all.
Have you ever had such problems with disposal of napkins anywhere?
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