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tablespoonfuls once a day.
If there are nervous symptoms prominent, give valerianate of zinc,
eight grains; tincture of valerian, two drams; orange flower water,
three and a half ounces; syrup of red poppies, two drams. Mix. Dose: A
tablespoonful every six hours.
FALLING OF THE WOMB
Falling of the womb is simply a sinking down of the organ, and may be
so slight as not to be noticed or so great that the organ will
protrude between the legs through the external opening. It is not a
disease of the womb itself, but of some of its supports.
So long as the vagina retains its natural size and the ligaments are
but two and a half inches long the organ will not be displaced.
Whatever tends to relax and weaken the system may cause the complaint.
The muscles of the abdomen which support the intestines being weakened
from any cause will allow the intestines to press down upon the womb
and its ligaments, and, in consequence of this constant pressure, they
give way. Another cause is too early exercise after childbearing.
Flooding and leucorrhoea, or whites, if allowed to continue for a
long time, will produce it; in delicate females, continued running up
and down stairs, also tight lacing, dancing, leaping, and running,
particularly during the period of menstruation, when the womb is
increased in weight by the blood contained in it. The use of medicines
to loosen the bowels, which is very common among many, is still
another cause of the disorder.
Most females who are troubled with falling of the womb think that it
is necessary to a cure that they should wear some kind of a support to
the abdomen. These supporters, however, do a vast amount of harm, for
by being worn tightly around the abdomen they increase the pressure on
the bowels, thus forcing down, more and more, the womb and its
appendages. All that is necessary is to raise up the womb to its
natural position, and use an instrument that will keep it in place.
This instrument is called a pessary. This pessary is a ring or hollow
cup-shaped globe, made of gold, silver, ivory, wood or gutta-percha,
and is placed in the vagina or birthplace, thus supporting the womb.
The cold hip bath should be used once a day, at the same time
injecting cold water into the vagina with a syringe. Lie down as much
as possible, and avoid becoming fatigued. Apply cold bandages to the
abdomen on going to bed.
If the womb has descended to the external orifice it is often
necessary to restore it to its natural position by pressing it upward
and backward by a finger or two pressed into the vagina. If the
process be accompanied with pain, the vagina should be well washed by
injections of thick flax seed or slippery elm bark tea for a day or
two before the astringent washes are used.
Avoid tight corsets and heavy skirts, suspend the under-garments from
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