A sanitary towel (aka. a sanitary napkin, a feminine napkin, a menstrual pad)) is an absorbent item worn by women in their underwear when menstruating, bleeding after giving birth, recovering from gynecologic surgery, experiencing a miscarriage or abortion, or in any other situation where it is necessary to absorb a flow of blood from the vagina.

Sanitary towel is a common term to hear in the UK.
Hey, that swimming pool float looks like a giant sanitary towel!
by Telephony2 April 20, 2023
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Things that us girls have to wear on our periods.
They have the most horrifically embarassing adverts, one of them involves a sanitary towel on a bucking bronco, and another on a rollercoaster.
by Cucucji February 1, 2011
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