A 100 years ago and before what did they use for tampons and pads when they were on there period?

Rags. You've prob heard the derogatory term "she is on the rag". Reusable cotton or wool strips were used like a pad. Tampons? Not so much! many societies excused or forbid women in society during that time. Jewish society was not alone in considering a menstuating woman unclean. Polynesian tribes provided the women's hut. The book 'the red tent' is a reference to this, .