Read about the physiology of menstruation.
Read the Gilbreth Report, which surveyed college and high school girls in the mid-1920s.
See the Fibs tampon and box. Early commercial tampons page.
See more Kotex items: First ad for the pad (1921; scroll to bottom of page) - pad ad, 1928 (Sears and Roebuck catalog) - Lee Miller pad ads (first real person in a menstrual hygiene ad, 1928) - Marjorie May's Twelfth Birthday (booklet for girls, 1928, Australian edition; there are many links here to Kotex items) - Preparing for Womanhood (1920s, booklet for girls; Australian edition) - 1920s booklet in Spanish showing pad disposal method - box from about 1969 - "Are you in the know?" ads for pads (1949)(1953)(1964)(booklet, 1956) - See more ads on the Ads for Teenagers main page
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).
DIRECTORY of all topics (See also the SEARCH ENGINE, bottom of page.)
CONTRIBUTE to Humor, Words and expressions about menstruation and Would you stop menstruating if you could?
Some MUM site links:
homepage | LIST OF ALL TOPICS | 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.

The menstrual wave

No, it's not a woman waving to another to show she's menstruating just as sports car driviers used to wave at each other in the 60s.

Dr. Howard Kelly's last edition (1928) of the text Gynecology mentions the "menstrual wave," which was probably the wave of changes of a woman's body produced by the sex hormones through the menstrual cycle, such as by estrogen. Little was known at the time about the nature of these hormones. He writes,

From Raciborski's publication in 1868 and the later papers of Stephenson and Mary Putnam Jacobi, there have been frequent discussions of a metabolic wave process, corresponding to the menstrual wave. The problem is not a simple one and there is no unanimity of opinion. Some observers record a slight rise in temperature, pulse, and blood-pressure, while others report the contrary.

Read about the physiology of menstruation.

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