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Old December 18th, 2017, 01:23 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by Kiara View Post
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.
Most people back then had a harder life. Working takes the mind off the cramps.

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Old December 18th, 2017, 02:08 PM   #22

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Originally Posted by phil1904 View Post
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.

The bath of the rich
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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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Old December 18th, 2017, 02:23 PM   #23

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Originally Posted by Salinator1 View Post
Working takes the mind off the cramps.
Thing is the cramps are so bad you cannot work.. I seem dramatic but the cramps are that bad.
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Old December 21st, 2017, 06:00 PM   #24
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I don't understand how people think that no-one washed in the middle ages. It's not Monty Python
"He must be a king"
"He doesn't have **** all over him!"

Honestly people stink if they don't wash - do you really that families living in close quarters are going to bear the stench of each other? Heck I've had countless experiences of standing in an elevator with women that are covered in perfume and I can tell immediately that they stink of menstrual blood and don't wash themselves. The smell makes me want to gag. There's no way people didn't wash in the middle ages - especially in Europe. Europe has no shortage of fresh water and every town had access to streams and wells to draw fresh water from.
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