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CHAPTER-1-2
CHAPTER-3
CHAPTER-4-5-6-7
CHAPTER-8-9
CHAPTER-10-11
CHAPTER-12-13-14-15
CHAPTER-16-17
CHAPTER-18-19
CHAPTER-20-21-22
CHAPTER-23-24-25
CHAPTER-26-27-28
CHAPTER-29-30
CHAPTER-31.1
CHAPTER-31.2
CHAPTER-31.3
CHAPTER-32
CHAPTER-33
CHAPTER-34-35-36-37-38
CHAPTER-39-40-41-42
CHAPTER-43-44-45
CHAPTER-46-47
CHAPTER-48
CHAPTER-49-50
CHAPTER-51
CHAPTER-52-53
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CHAPTER-9-10
CHAPTER-11-12
CHAPTER-13-14
CHAPTER-15-16
CHAPTER-17-18

CHAPTER EIGHT 

 

THE HYGIENE OF MENSTRUATION 

 

Lack of Cleanliness During Menstrual Period--Superstitious 

Beliefs--Hygiene of Menstruation. 

 

 

The hygiene of menstruation can be expressed in two words: cleanliness 

and rest. Common sense would suggest these two measures, and as far as 

rest is concerned, many women do rest or take it easy while they are 

unwell. Some are forced to do it, because, if they don't, their 

dysmenorrhea is worse and the amount of blood they lose is 

considerably increased. The same cannot be said of cleanliness. Due 

undoubtedly to the superstitious opinions about menstruation, which 

came over to us from the ages-of-long-ago, menstruation is still 

considered a _noli-me-tangere_, and women are afraid to bathe, to 

douche or even to wash during the periods. And if there is any period 

when a woman needs a douche it is during menstruation. Any leucorrhea 

that a woman may be suffering from becomes aggravated around the 

periods; the menstrual blood of some women has a decided odor, and if 

no cleansing douche is taken during four or five days, some of the 

blood decomposes and acquires a decidedly offensive odor, which can be 

noticed at some distance and to which some men and women are very 

susceptible. There are some women who never take a vaginal douche. 

Some consider it a useless and unnecessary luxury; while some orthodox 

puritanical women consider it an ungodly procedure (forgetting that 

cleanliness is next to godliness) fit only for women of gay and 

questionable character. If these orthodox women knew what was good for 

them--and for their health--they would take a douche at least during 

menstruation, if at no other time. 

 

=Cleanliness.= When the girl reaches the age of twelve or thirteen the 

mother should explain to her the phenomenon of menstruation and the 

likelihood of its making its appearance in a short time. Of course she 

should be told that there is nothing shameful in it, that when it 

makes its appearance she should at once tell her mother, who will 

instruct her what to do. She should be shown the use of sanitary 

napkins. Rags, unless recently washed and kept wrapped up and 

protected from dust, should not be used. Unclean rags may lead to 

infection. I have no doubt that many cases of leucorrhea date back 

their origin to unwashed rags. Every morning and every evening the 

girl should wash the external genitals with warm water, or plain soap 

and water. Married women should also take a douche once a day--the 

douche may consist of two quarts of water in which has been dissolved 

a teaspoonful of common table salt, or a tablespoonful of borax or 

boric acid. Such things like alum, potassium permanganate, carbolic 

acid, lactic acid, or tincture of iodine should only be used when 

there is leucorrhea present and generally only under a physician's 


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