So apparently menstrual pads exist now, in plastic bags and boxes of individually wrapped plastic bags. Do female characters have a menstruation cycle now? Can I use them for makeshift bandages? Nothing seems to happen when I try to (a)ctivate one.
Basic hygeine maintenance is not and will never be a part of the game (per the frequently made suggestions list).
They don’t have a direct use, but I believe they can be cut up for materials. They exist ingame because hygiene products exist IRL.
they also yield a better trade price than their salvage
they should allow you to use them as bandages though… I know the army and medics always carry them around since they’re good at soaking blood
After some experimentation, it looks like I can quickly disassemble them into 3 cotton balls each, which make acceptable basic bandages.