Bad History, menstruation

Four weird ideas people used to have about women’s periods

What did menstrual bleeding mean to the people of the past? And what expectations did that raise?

Bad History, menstruation

Menotoxin – when menstruation can kill?

In the 1920s there was a serious medical debate about an invisible substance called ‘menotoxin’. This was believed to exist in menstrual blood; it could blight flowers and prevent jam from setting, and bread from rising. The theory can be seen as a surprising throwback, in the age of germs (germs, rather than air or… Continue reading Menotoxin – when menstruation can kill?