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?

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Vicarious menstruation

One aspect of the history of menstruation that is fascinating to a modern reader is the phenomenon of ‘vicarious menstruation’, in which a woman bleeds regularly from another orifice, or even from a wound. While modern medicine still recognises conditions in which other mucous membranes bleed along with, or instead of, the womb lining, the cases… Continue reading Vicarious menstruation