sanitary products in our country


We asked our followers on Instagram, what do you want us to talk about on honeyhands? One of our Japanese readers sent us her question, “In Japan, when we buy sanitary products such as tampons and pads, they put those items into separated black plastic bag or brown paper bag which hides what we bought. Does this happen in different countries?” So I asked about what’s like to buy sanitary products and how people think about them to our writers' friends from all over the world to answer this question!


🇯🇵 Japan (日本) - Hikari

As one of our readers asked in her question, when we buy sanitary products, sometimes condoms, it usually put into a black plastic bag or brown paper bag to be invisible to the others. However, it’s obvious when you’re bringing a normal drugstore bag with a black / brown bag. It happens in every store, such as: supermarket, drugstore or convenience store. Of course, there must be people who don’t want people to see what they bought. And on the other hand, there are people who don’t care, or who think it shouldn’t be like this. Not only for the embarrassment, there are another issues from using different colour bags or separating bags. It could be related to environmental pollution. What do you think? Is it too much?


🇰🇷 South Korea (韓国) - Yurina



Same as Japan, sanitary products are usually put into a black bag or brown paper bag in South Korea. They tend to hide about period like in Japan. For example, they don't say "period" but they call it, "those days". My Korean friends said that they feel shy if the cashier is a guy when they buy sanitary products.

I saw an article about South Korea is one of the most expensive countries to buy sanitary products in the world. (It's almost two times more expensive than Japan.) And I feel it's expensive to buy in Korea so I usually bring back tons of sanitary products in Japan when I go back. Also, I know there was a news article about one of the sanitary products companies in South Korea was selling the sanitary products contained toxic ingredients such as: cancer-causing benzene. So many of Korean women feel scared to trust Korean products now. The most important thing about sanitary products is they have to be safe for women's body. In addition to that, I hope they get reasonable and cheaper.

🇰🇭 Cambodia (カンボジア) - Vatey

The experience might be different from time to time depending on circumstances. In Cambodia, when we buy sanitary products, they’re put in a black bag like Japan. When I was young and lived in the countryside, I was very shy. My mom owns a grocery store at home, so I didn't need to buy pads from anywhere else. But just getting pads from my own home made it difficult enough for me because I had to hide it from my dad. I didn't want anyone to see, especially my dad. Later on when I moved to study in the city, I always put it in the black bag. If there is no black bags available, I would hide it in my backpack. Packing it wasn't that difficult, the challenge was when you buy it from a male seller or when you are searching for it at the aisle where there were males around. You can tell how shy I could be. However, I do not feel that shy anymore when I get older because I realize it is an ordinary thing we need to deal with. Now I feel more comfortable buying it from anyone anywhere, and it is also okay if I need to carry it without a black bag from the stores.


🇨🇳 China (中国) - Karissa

In China, sanitary pads are not put in a dark bag when you buy them and just put normal bag when you go to supermarket. And also I don’t think people who are feel embarrassed when they buy sanitary pads, even I saw some guy buy sanitary pads for their girlfriend. But I guess my mom feel embarrassed when I buy sanitary pads with her, because she always put them in a dark bag.