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SUPPRESSION OF THE MENSES--AMENORRHOEA.
By suppression is meant a disappearance of the menses after they have
become established, and may be either acute or chronic. It is caused
by cold caught during the flow, by exposure to night air or by wetting
the feet; fear, shocks, violent mental emotions, anxiety, fevers and
other acute diseases. Chronic suppression may be either a consequence
of the acute, or caused by delicate health; also, from diseases of the
ovaries or womb. It may also be occasioned by an imperforate hymen, in
which case it must be cut open by a physician.
When the suppression is caused by some disease in the system, that
disease must be cured before the menses will return. For sudden
suppression, use the warm sitting-bath or foot bath. Apply cloths wet
in warm water to the lower part of the abdomen, and drink freely of
warm water. If the suppression is chronic and the patient is delicate,
in the interval between the menses use the shower or the full bath of
cold or tepid water, rubbing the body briskly with a coarse towel,
especially around the abdomen, loins, and genital organs.
As soon as the discharge has ceased, a warm hip bath will generally
bring it on. If there is much inflammation of the uterus give the
Tincture aconite leaves, Two drams;
Sweet spirits of nitre, One ounce;
Simple syrup, Three ounces.
Dose: One teaspoonful every two or three hours.
If the discharge cannot be brought on, wait until the next period. A
few days before the term the bowels should be freely opened and kept
open until the period for the discharge has arrived. A pill of aloes
and iron is one of the best that can be given. Give from one to three
pills daily. If there is no evident reason for the discharge not
appearing, such as pregnancy, inflammation of the neck of the womb,
and the woman is suffering from the suppression, use the following:
Caulophyllin, One dram;
Extract aconite, Eight grains;
Aloes, Ten grains;
Sulphate of iron, Ten grains.
Make into forty pills. Dose: Two or three pills, taken night and
The remedies should always be taken a few days before the period
arrives for the menses. If the chronic suppression is the result of
any acute disease, the health must first be re-established, otherwise
it would be wrong to force the menses. When this has been done,
immediately before the return of the period a warm hip bath should be
taken every night for six nights, and one of the following pills taken
three times a day:
Fresh powdered ergot of rye, Fifty grains;
Barbadoes aloes, Twelve grains;
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