Fascinating Facts About Periods
Menstruation has always been a subject of intrigue for biologists. The hormones, the history, the histrionics— this is a rich subject. We looked around for fascinating facts about menstruation, and here are the most interesting of them. History, science, linguistics… We have them all!
- Medieval Menstruation
Ancient Egyptians used use-and-throw tampons fashioned out of rolled up lint and cotton, sometimes papyrus. Ancient Indians used rock-salt for two purposes - to absorb menstrual blood and also to act as birth control! Rock salt was a very effective anti-sperm contraceptive
- The Story of Menstruation
The Story of Menstruation is a ten-minute Disney-animated educational film, made to inform schoolchildren about the very natural process of menstruation. It showed women engaged in very normal activities such as horse-riding, swimming, and dancing during their periods to show that there was nothing disturbing or dangerous about periods. It is also the first documented use of the word 'vagina' in film.
- The Plug
The word tampon is Middle French for “plug”. Tampons have been used in some form or the other from ancient times; but not always to absorb menstrual blood. Tampons were originally used to stop blood flow. Soldiers used tampons to plug bleeding wounds, women used them in the hopes that their bleeding will stop completely!
- Endometrial Sparing
- Vicarious Menstruation
This is an extremely rare phenomenon, where a woman on her period experiences bleeding from extra-genital organs, also known as bloody tears. The capillaries, which usually soften during a female’s menstrual cycle, sometimes become extremely softened, leading to bleeding from the eyes, nose, ears, etc.
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