See a set of the Daintette vaginal douche, with pamphlets, etc., 1928-29?, U.S.A.
The Perils of Vaginal Douching (essay by Luci Capo Rome) - the odor page
"Faultless Feminine Syringe," No. 240, made by the Faultless Rubber Company, Ashland, Ohio, U.S.A., perhaps from the 1960s or 1970s.
CONTRIBUTE to Humor, Words and expressions about menstruation and Would you stop menstruating if you could?
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MUM address & What does MUM mean? |
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Privacy on this site |
Who runs this museum?? |
Amazing women! |
Art of menstruation |
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Asbestos |
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Bly, Nellie |
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Costumes |
Menstrual cups |
Cup usage |
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Essay directory |
Extraction |
Facts-of-life booklets for girls |
Famous women in menstrual hygiene ads |
Founder/director biography |
Gynecological topics by Dr. Soucasaux |
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Links |
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Media coverage of MUM |
Menarche booklets for girls and parents |
Miscellaneous |
Museum future |
Norwegian menstruation exhibit |
Odor |
Olor |
Pad directory |
Patent medicine |
Poetry directory |
Products, some current |
Puberty booklets for girls and parents|
Religion |
Religión y menstruación |
Your remedies for menstrual discomfort |
Menstrual products safety |
Seguridad de productos para la menstruación |
Science |
Shame |
Slapping, menstrual |
Sponges |
Synchrony |
Tampon directory |
Early tampons |
Teen ads directory |
Tour of the former museum (video) |
Underpants & panties directory |
Videos, films directory |
Words and expressions about menstruation |
Would you stop menstruating if you could? |
What did women do about menstruation in the past? |
Washable pads |
Read 10 years (1996-2006) of articles and Letters to Your MUM on this site.
Leer la versión en español de los siguientes temas: Anticoncepción y religión, Breve reseña - Olor - Religión y menstruación - Seguridad de productos para la menstruación.


Portable bidet, in the ready-to-use position (Paris, France, 1928)

A bidet has allowed men and women since possibly the Crusades (11th to the 13th centuries) to wash feet, hair, beards, genitals and perineum. The bather usually rides it like a pony; pony is what the word meant in the French of 400 or so years ago. Bidets today often fit onto toilets.

The beautiful bidet featured here, below, seems to be made of oak, heavy enough to withstand water and usage, and metal painted a gold color. There are no fancy jets of water; the user poured water over her genitals - the old-fashioned way.

how the bidet was used, and its dimensions. See the closed bidet and introduction to the bidet.


The black object at left, the cat Prof. Mack C. Padd, the Distinguished Service Institutional Wallace C. Meyer Memorial Pouncer at the Museum of Menstruation, memorizes the grain pattern in the bidet's wood to present to detectives in case the bidet is stolen. No, wait a second, I think he's actually asleep.
Underneath the right section there is a metal plate bearing the following words:
B[?] S.G.D.G
10, Rue Lacuée PARIS
(All photos by MUM director Harry Finley)


The closest section of the bidet sports a star-and-circle design formed by holes through the wood, probably allowing heat and drips from a pot of water to escape from the surface, rather than puddle there. I believe the bidet-er, sitting on the far end of the center section, put a pot on this near section, from which she poured water onto her genitals, the water then flowing into the central basin, which had a drain stopped by a cork (the light-colored patch above the near rim). See a drawing showing this.

how the bidet was used, and its dimensions. See the closed bidet and introduction to the bidet.

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