I was doing some research for a book I was working on recently, and I needed to know how someone from Ireland would refer to having their period. So I asked my good friend Google and Google led me to this list, which was a real hoot.
And yes, my character was definitely wearing a jam rag.
Come on, how can you not at least giggle a little over that one?
And that, of course, led me to remembering the blog piece I did based on this list of problems that could get you admitted to an insane asylum in the late 1800's.
You'll note that "Uterine Derangement" is on the list. That's a thing. It really is.
And while we're on this subject (and I know you really want to be on this subject), why do women ask to "borrow" a tampon from each other?
Honey, I don't want it back when you're through with it. You can have it.
If you're male and still reading this, you might want to take a gander at this Wikipedia link. Talk about nightmare inducing.
I came across that article while researching this blog post, of course, but I also came across this one, about a man in India with a radical idea to help women, and what it cost him. It's a good read, despite the subject matter.
And if you can get through the horrible webpage design, there are some really funny links to old ads for menstrual products here at the Museum of Menstruation.
If you or someone you love has an uncomfortable menstrual cycle, you can check out this helpful page of Yoga poses that may ease menstrual discomfort. Or you can make them a mug of hot cocoa liberally laced with Bailey's, hand them three Advil, put in a good, sappy romantic comedy and give them a fly swatter to smack people with. That's what works for me, anyway.
So there you have it, folks. This is my final word on this subject.
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