Menstruation and Marriage: Forget Midol

“The causes of painful [menstrual] periods are various…. A large, hot linseed-meal poultice, over which a dessertspoonful of laudanum has been sprinkled, or a large mustard-plaster, spread on the lower abdomen, will afford much relief…

A common belief is that such troubles are cured by marriage. Sometimes they are, but we do not approve the remedy.”

–The Physical Life of Woman

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Hersteria cautions its readers against the overuse of laudanum, lest they become one of those filthy opium eaters. However, we do endorse the overuse of marriage in curing physical ailments.

2 comments on “Menstruation and Marriage: Forget Midol

  1. Lori says:

    what is a “dessertspoonful” exactly? my cutlery is woefully lacking.

  2. bridge says:

    Its sounds as if they’re instructing one to make a deli sandwich out of her own abdomen. Can mayonnaise be substituted for mustard-plaster?

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