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Old November 29th, 2017, 06:50 AM   #11
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They were constantly pregnant for 20 years so they were having no problems with blood.

PS: Seriously, I was just reading our book about how were people living and their sexual life in some our backhills from 1900-1960 and there was just this notion which was true for many women. Not all but many.

PPS: Another vivid pic from the same book was blood puddles emerging under women at Holly Mass.
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Old November 29th, 2017, 07:19 AM   #12

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The proper grammatical usage would be, "This would HAVE been stained and washed to dry."

Just something to keep in mind.
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Old November 30th, 2017, 09:28 AM   #13
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They just let it bleed. They obviously washed it up. The church even shamed them too so they would often mask it.

I find it interesting during times women were "outcasted" when they had a period. I don't believe this happened in the medieval period though. Women being forced to stay in a hut and no men could enter. Stuff like that. Witchcraft, etc.
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When the site went down on Friday I assumed it was that the owners had had enough of this sort of 'history'!!


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Old December 11th, 2017, 08:04 AM   #15
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it was a bloody mess is all I know
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Old December 17th, 2017, 02:43 PM   #16

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Forget the bloody mess, I can only imagine how the stomach cramps were for the females. Like if they had endometriosis or just overall horrible cramps to the point of puking and not being able to move or do anything but lay in pain without no pills. I had to deal with that and absolutely nothing helps it you just have to wait it out. I can only imagine what they felt.
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Old December 18th, 2017, 05:48 AM   #17

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I had to deal with that and absolutely nothing helps it you just have to wait it out.
At what age did you stop dealing with it? And at what age did it begin? And how often does it happen? Once a month? I didn't realize how much hardships the women go through. It's interesting because there are some women who don't feel cramps.


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I think the expression "on the rag" might reveal a lot about how it used to be dealt with.
A special cloth worn at that time of the month seems like the most obvious fix.

There's one superstition that appears in multiple cultures that says if you bury a woman's menstrual cloth at the front door she wont want to leave the house (in other words she'll stay loyal to her husband and will be a good housewife).
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I have done some research and it appears that there is not much historical work on this issue, which of course seems logical.
However, it appears that there have been some studies such as that of dr. Sara Read and it seems aside from using rags or other absorb materials on occasion, many medieval European women simply bled into their clothes as has already been said.
It is also alluded to the use of a lichen called blood moss and which was also used to bandage wounds.
Not surprisingly, there was plenty of religious shame associated with menstruation.

I read in this thread that people washed very little in the Middle Ages, all the sources I read say otherwise.
People bathed a lot more than we thought, maybe it was different in different regions.
Of course, the poor washed themselves at the river and the rich took hot baths more often, but it is specified that if the cities were unhealthy, people still took care of their hygiene.
Moreover 90% of the population lived in the countryside.
They used either soap or plants such as saponary, which produced a kind of moss.

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The bath of the poor
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Both men and women waxed, hair was considered as vectors of disease
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At what age did you stop dealing with it? And at what age did it begin? And how often does it happen? Once a month? I didn't realize how much hardships the women go through. It's interesting because there are some women who don't feel cramps.
I still deal with the horrible cramps but it has toned down a bit but I have to be quick on taking pills or I will be in pain. Those type of cramps started around 16 years old though and happened every month. Can't imagine how the women dealt with that.
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