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THE LADIES' BOOK OF USEFUL INFORMATION. Preface
CONTENTS
PERSONAL BEAUTY-1
PERSONAL BEAUTY-2
PERSONAL BEAUTY-3
PERSONAL BEAUTY-4
PERSONAL BEAUTY-5
PERSONAL BEAUTY-6
PERSONAL BEAUTY-7
TREATING OF MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS-1
MARRIAGE-1
MARRIAGE-2
MARRIAGE-3
LOVE AND MARRIAGE-1
WHEN TO MARRY-HOW TO SELECT A PARTNER ON RIGHT PRINCIPLES
SEXUAL INTERCOURSE-ITS LAWS AND CONDITIONS-ITS USE AND ABUSE
MARRIAGE
PREGNANCY-LABOR-PARTURITION-1
PREGNANCY-LABOR-PARTURITION-2
MENSTRUATION
COLLECTION OF VALUABLE MEDICAL COMPOUNDS
THINGS FOR THE SICK ROOM
THINGS CURIOUS AND USEFUL
HOME DECORATION
FLORAL
HOW TO DO YOUR OWN STAMPING AND MAKE YOUR OWN PATTERNS. BRONZE WORK
CHAPTER 18
INDEX
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES. INTRODUCTION
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-1
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-2
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-3
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-4
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-5
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-6
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-7
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-8

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER IX. 

 

MENSTRUATION. 

 

 

Though this is not a disease, but a healthy function, and as, from 

various causes, derangement of the function occurs, it is proper that 

it should be perfectly understood. Menstruation is the term applied to 

the phenomenon that attends the rupture of what is called the 

_Graafian follicles_ of the ovaries and the discharge of an ova, or 

egg. It is a bloody discharge from the female genitals; not differing 

from ordinary blood, excepting that it does not coagulate, and in its 

peculiar odor. The blood comes from the capillaries of the womb and 

vagina. 

 

 

MENOPHANIA, OR THE FIRST APPEARANCE 

 

of the menses, is usually preceded by a discharge of a fluid whitish 

matter from the vagina, by nervous excitement, and by vague pains and 

heaviness in the loins and thighs, numbness of the limbs, and swelling 

and hardness of the breasts. The first appearance is an evidence of 

capacity for conception. It generally appears about the age of 

fourteen, but varies from nine to twenty-four years. In warm climates 

women begin to menstruate earlier and cease sooner than in temperate 

regions; in the cold climates the reverse of this holds as a general 

rule. The manifestations of approaching puberty are seen in the 

development of the breasts, the expansion of the hips, the rounded 

contour of the body and limbs, appearance of the purely feminine 

figure, development of the voice, and the child becomes reserved and 

exchanges her plays for the pursuits of womanhood. 

 

More or less indisposition and irritability also precede each 

successive recurrence of the menstrual flux, such as headache, 

lassitude, uneasiness, pain in back, loins, etc. The periods succeed 

each other usually about every twenty-eight days, although it may 

occur every twenty-two, twenty, eighteen, fifteen, or thirty-two, 

thirty-five, or forty days. The most important element is the 

regularity of the return. In temperate climates each menstrual period 

ordinarily continues from three to six days, and the quantity lost 

from four to eight ounces. The menses continue to flow from the period 

of puberty till the age of forty-five or fifty. At the time of its 

natural cessation the flow becomes irregular, and this irregularity is 

accompanied occasionally by symptoms of dropsy, glandular swellings, 

etc., constituting the _critical period_, _turn_ or _change of life_; 

yet it does not appear that mortality is increased by it, as vital 

statistics show that more men die between forty and fifty than women. 

 

It should be the 

 

 

DUTY OF EVERY MOTHER 

 

or female in charge of a child in whom age or actual manifestations 

suggest the approach of puberty to acquaint her with the nature of her 

visitation and the importance of her conduct in regard to it. She 


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