Category Archives: History of Menstruation

Jesus healing the bleeding woman

In the Bible there is a story about a woman had suffered from bleeding for 12 years. She had suffered a great deal and seen many doctors, yet instead of getting better she had grown worse.

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Forced Sterilization

Many countries around the world have heavily restricted women’s access to contraception and birth control in the past, and many continue to do so. Until 1989, for instance, Romania outlawed contraception and abortion & as a result their population increased … Continue reading

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Museum of Menstruation

Here is a short video tour of the Museum of Menstruation. Harry Finley, director, ran the museum from his basement almost every weekend from 1994 to 1998 (in Washington DC). The physical museum is now closed to the public, but it … Continue reading

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The Destructive Powers of Menstruation

PLINY the Elder (a naturalist from the Roman Empire) published the Naturalis Historia encyclopedia (circa AD 77–79).  He wrote that: Contact with the monthly flux of women turns new wine sour, makes crops wither, kills grafts, dries seeds in gardens, causes … Continue reading

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Menstruation in the Ancient World

Ancient Egypt: Menstrual blood was treated ambiguously. It was generally considered to have a healing effect and was used for producing drugs for women. There is no evidence that menstrual blood was used as a remedy for men, and there … Continue reading

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Declining Age of Menarche

In the 19th century the average age of menarche (first menstruation) in the West was age 15-16, but this slowly declined to age 12-13 (in 1950). Since then, the average age of menarche has stayed constant, suggesting that the reason why menarche was later in the 19th century was … Continue reading

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History of Menstruation

A large chunk of women’s history has been lost because history has been recorded largely by men, and this is probably particularly true when it comes to the history of menstruation & menstrual products. Interestingly, there are some very early historical … Continue reading

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