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Woman's Own / 14th July 1967

Ooh, this is an interesting one. I’m not quite sure why Nikini sanitary pads need their own pair of tiny pants, but it does sound uncomfortably like the pad’s only held in place by forcing the wearer’s crotch to stay still. No wonder ringed pads were so popular for quite a few years afterwards, as it was some years before British women got a pad which was thin enough to not make the wearer feel self-conscious, and which actually worked!

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Beelzebub on 8 April 2010 @ 5pm

They were held in place with two plastic press-studs.

Anonymous on 8 April 2010 @ 6pm

I don’t know what ringed pads are (so you may be referring to this) but women used to have to wear a sanitary napkin belt where the napkin fastened to it in order to hold it into place. I guess the bikini part is just pointing out that you wear it like a normal pair of underwear?

Tanya Jones on 9 April 2010 @ 9am

Thanks, Beelers! That at least does sound halfway practical. And yes, ringed pads are worn with a napkin belt. This is an attempt to market underwear with a pad that attaches, but it’s not hard to see why a ‘one size fits all’ approach probably wasn’t that popular. Better adhesives probably killed this invention off, but it’s not a bad idea in itself.

madamebutterfly on 11 April 2010 @ 6am

I recall plastic pants, with press studs, a sort of feminine version of a cricket box. How they could be comfortable worn under a beachwear, and nobody know what was going on, is beyond me. Unless of course it was the beachwear of a typical summer – baggy tracksuit.

Tanya Jones on 11 April 2010 @ 1pm

Ah, so THAT’S what they mean by ‘proofed’. Bleugh.

Polly on 8 June 2011 @ 8pm

I remember Nikini in the 1970s. The pads had punched holes at the front, and were held in place by press studs in the panties. They also had a ‘nikini’ garment what was mainly thick polythene in feel. Similar idea to the panties with the press studs but I recall the strange plastic feel between my legs, something like thin Tupperware!
I tried them at the time but the cost, and only being able to buy at certain shops, put me off. I changed to another product that was not quite press-on with adhesive but had a sponge type backing that was supposed to be non-slip. They were just as short lived as they soon stopped being sold.
At work we had a machine that sold pads, but only the looped type. Very old fashioned and I had to buy a belt to keep at work, just in case I was ever caught out and needed to buy those big bulky pads.

Tanya Jones on 8 June 2011 @ 9pm

Thank you, Polly! Boy, am I glad self-adhesive pads were common when I started my periods, and I bitched about THOSE enough. As soon as the Tampax lady came to school, I waved goodbye to those things, but that was pre-Always. I do wonder whether I would have jumped ship quite so fast if I’d had access to those.

alf on 11 June 2011 @ 3pm

I remember my girlfriend wearing the Nikini garment. I have not seen one for years, but i remember that it looked like a jock strap from behind and was tight fitting on her hips.

bigs on 21 July 2011 @ 1pm

I remember my girlfriend wearing the Nikini garment .She wore almost see through summer frocks so you could make out the garment underneath or very short miniskirts and she never wore knickers.I found it a massive turn on and needless to say the garment was removed by me rather frequently to engage in more intimate activities.Nothing sexy like that any more!

silverfox. on 29 February 2012 @ 10am

I Can Remember Seeing My Mother Mother Wearing One Of These Garments About 1970, She Was Just Coming Out Of The The Bathroom At The Time After Having A Bath. I Am Also Sure That My Elder Sister Used The Same Garment As Well As I Found One In Her Bedroom. Do Anyone Still Have One Of These Garments Or Any Other Pictures.

Marra on 8 June 2012 @ 3pm

This brings back memories! Nikini was the sexiest bit of san-pro ever made. I remember being introduced them by a former GF. As others have said, there was the style like a plastic jock-strap (called “the garment”) with a fairly thick plastic gusset with two popers to hold the pad. The garment had an elastic waist band about an inch wide welded to the plastic at the front and to a triangle of mesh at the back, the mesh was welded to the plastic lower down. Two elastic straps passed from the waistband under the fold of the buttocks and were welded to the plastic at the rear sides. Forsome reason I found seeing Jo wearing of these incredably erotic, she soon found this out and it led to quite a few adventures for both of us!

She also had several pairs of the panties. These were of nylon lace with a more delecate plstic gusset but the same popper fastners – I found them almost as erotic. Jo would occaisionally wear the pants for me outside of her period without a pad as she knew this turned me on.

From the pratical side, Jo, who was of spanish extraction and had heavy periods reconed there were the securest and most comfortable protection around, but hurt in the purse when you bought then.

lotus99 on 23 October 2012 @ 11am

I still have one of the Nikini Garments which I have kept all these years. I remember seeing ads for it in my moms womens magazines and bought one. This must have seemed strange to the assistant in the chemist as I am a guy! I would like to hear from anyone else who has memories of these: eddjohn@h*

Ann on 3 July 2018 @ 10am

What an interesting page – I remember having one in the
> sixth form at school around 1970/72 for athletics. Colour was a creamy /
> yellow natural plastic. Can’t remember what held the pad underneath or at
> the back, maybe it was tucked under narrow cross strips like some others?
> Wish I still had it really, not glamorous unless you are into plastic and
> straps, but it has stirred some rather fond memories! Would love to find one now and be happy to purchase, seriously has anyone got one or maybe some of the pads?
> Regards, Ann

Ann on 9 July 2018 @ 9am

Realised I need to leave email details in case anyone wants to get in touch!
So here it is –

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