Read your comments about stopping menstruation at Would you stop menstruating if you could? - Macleans, New Scientist and others did!
Read Dr. Nelson Soucasaux's
reasons for not stopping menstruation, and his articles about gynecology.
More media coverage of MUM.
Ads for teens (see also introductory page for teenage advertising): Are you in the know? (Kotex napkins and Quest napkin powder, 1948, U.S.A.), Are you in the know? (Kotex napkins, 1953, U.S.A.), Are you in the know? (Kotex napkins and belts, 1964, U.S.A.), Freedom (1990, Germany), Kotex (1992, U.S.A.), Pursettes (1974, U.S.A.), Pursettes (1974, U.S.A.), Saba (1975, Denmark)
More ads for teens: See a Modess True or False? ad in The American Girl magazine, January 1947, and actress Carol Lynley in "How Shall I Tell My Daughter" booklet ad (1955) - Modess . . . . because ads (many dates).
CONTRIBUTE to Humor, Words and expressions about menstruation and Would you stop menstruating if you could?
Some MUM site links:
homepage | MUM address & What does MUM mean? | e-mail the museum | privacy on this site | who runs this museum?? |
Amazing women! | the art of menstruation | artists (non-menstrual) | asbestos | belts | bidets | founder bio | Bly, Nellie | MUM board | books: menstruation and menopause (and reviews) | cats | company booklets for girls (mostly) directory | contraception and religion | costumes | menstrual cups | cup usage | dispensers | douches, pain, sprays | essay directory | extraction | facts-of-life booklets for girls | famous women in menstrual hygiene ads | FAQ | founder/director biography | gynecological topics by Dr. Soucasaux | humor | huts | links | masturbation | 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, current | puberty booklets for girls and parents | religion | Religión y menstruación | your remedies for menstrual discomfort | menstrual products safety | science | Seguridad de productos para la menstruación | 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
Leer la versión en español de los siguientes temas: Anticoncepción y religión, Breve reseña - Olor - Religión y menstruación - Seguridad de productos para la menstruación.

Maclean's magazine boldly makes menstruation its cover story

Maclean's magazine, a major Canadian weekly, usually conservative, published a cover story in its 12-19 December 2005 issue on the advent of a hormone pill, "Anya," designed to stop menstruation indefinitely. The pill is awaiting approval in Canada and the U.S.A. Women can already buy Seasonale, which is designed to allow women only four periods a year.

Interesting: the title of the story inside is "The end of menstruation" but the cover substitutes the word "period." I wonder if the editors felt "menstruation" might have been verboten for the average reader's table top or offend the newsstand passerby - or terrify parents: "Daddy, what's mestration?"

MUM supplied all of the interior illustrations for the story. The MUM director, Harry Finley (hey, that's me!) gets four paragraphs. Many people contributed their thoughts and feelings - including YOU, the MUM visitors who contributed hundreds of opinions about stopping menstruation on MUM's Would you stop menstruating if you could? (where you can also find a short discussion of this controversial subject). The Maclean's story quotes from these e-mails, as have The New York Times and New Scientist magazine in the past. You have a big decision to make and maybe that page will help you.

See the cover and the first two pages of the article, below, and read the story online at the Maclean's site.

Maybe once menstruation disappears Daddy won't have to face that question anymore.

But it's not disappearing.


Mackenzie Stroh took the cover picture.


This museum contributed all the illustrations for the five-page interior story; you see the first two pages. Procter & Gamble and Tambrands, now part of P&G, generously donated many of the older items shown to MUM, some of which grace these Web pages.
See the lists of which tampons, pads, washable pads, sponges and cups MUM has online so far.

Read your mail to MUM for and against menstruation - and add your voice! Magazines like Maclean's read it too!
See more media coverage of MUM.

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