There are still communities like this. In some parts of Africa, girls (and their mothers don't know what periods are, they don't have pads, they don't know that sex can cause pregnancy, they get laughed at when they start bleeding at school. A lot of them have to leave school because they miss too many days at school (because they have to stay inside when they have their period, no pads! or because they get pregnant. You get men asking for sexual favours in exchange for pads.