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Health Facts on Menstruation, by Lloyd Arnold, M.D.
(Kotex, U.S.A., 1933)

This is an early strictly "scientific" Kotex booklet (here's an earlier one, from 1928; Marjory May's Twelfth Birthday, 1928, Australian edition, is a pep talk for girls and sales pitch for Kotex pads in addition to a representation of what the writer wanted girls to know about the facts of menstruation).

It breaks with earlier ideas that menstruation is a sickness and that women should treat themselves very carefully; he writes that women who perform manual labor have fewer problems than others.

Dr. Arnold says no to douching, but it's interesting that Kotex later sold at least one douche liquid for women (Kotique), probably wanting to give women what they wanted and make some money in a big market.

The doctor also nixes the idea that menstruation is a "purification," an idea going back at least to the ancient Greeks, saying that it is simply the process the body uses to rid itself of unneeded tissue and that women are no more "impure" than men.

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