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PREFACE
INTRODUCTION
REPRODUCTION-1
REPRODUCTION-2
REPRODUCTION-3
ANATOMY OF THE REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS-1
ANATOMY OF THE REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS-2
ANATOMY OF THE REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS-3
ANATOMY OF THE REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS-4
THE SEXUAL RELATIONS-1
THE SEXUAL RELATIONS-2
THE SEXUAL RELATIONS-3
THE SEXUAL RELATIONS-4
THE SEXUAL RELATIONS-15
CHASTITY-1
CHASTITY-2
CHASTITY-3
CONTINENCE
MARITAL EXCESSES-1
MARITAL EXCESSES-2
MARITAL EXCESSES-3
PREVENTION OF CONCEPTION:ITS EVILS AND DANGERS-1
PREVENTION OF CONCEPTION:ITS EVILS AND DANGERS-2
INFANTICIDE AND ABORTION
THE SOCIAL EVIL-1
THE SOCIAL EVIL-2
THE SOCIAL EVIL-3
SOLITARY VICE-1
SOLITARY VICE-2
RESULTS OF SECRET VICE-1
RESULTS OF SECRET VICE-2
EFFECTS IN FEMALES
CURATIVE TREATMENT OF THE EFFECTS OF SELF-ABUSE-1
CURATIVE TREATMENT OF THE EFFECTS OF SELF-ABUSE-2
CURATIVE TREATMENT OF THE EFFECTS OF SELF-ABUSE-3
A CHAPTER FOR BOYS-1
A CHAPTER FOR BOYS-2
A CHAPTER FOR BOYS-3
A CHAPTER FOR BOYS-4
A CHAPTER FOR GIRLS-1
A CHAPTER FOR GIRLS-2
A CHAPTER FOR GIRLS-3
INDEX

constitutions while at school by excessive mental taxation during the 

catamenial period, to which they were prompted by ambition to excel, 

or were compelled by the "cramming" system too generally pursued in 

our schools, and particularly in young ladies' seminaries. It is not 

to be supposed, however, that the moderate amount of sound study 

required by a correct system of teaching would be injurious to a healthy 

young woman at any time, and we have no doubt that a very large share 

of the injury which has been attributed to over-study during the 

catamenia has been induced by other causes, such as improper dress, 

exposure to taking cold, keeping late hours, and improper diet. 

 

If there is any class of persons deserving of pity it is that large 

class of girls and young women who are in every large city employed 

as clerks, seamstresses, flower makers, and in other taxing and 

confining occupations. In order to keep their situations they are 

required to be on hand daily, being allowed no opportunity for rest 

at the menstrual period. In many cases, too, they are compelled to 

remain upon their feet all day behind a counter, or at a work table, 

even at periods when a recumbent position is actually demanded by nature. 

There should be less delicacy in relation to this subject on the part 

of young women, and more consideration on the part of employers. Here 

is a field for philanthropic effort which is well worthy of the best 

efforts of any person of influence who will engage in it. 

 

Custom of Indian Women.--The ease with which Indian women perform the 

parturient act is proverbial. They suffer scarcely at all from the pains 

of childbirth; and without doubt one reason of this is the preservation 

of their sexual health by rest during the menstrual period. At those 

seasons they invariably absent themselves from the lodge, and enjoy 

absolute rest. We may readily suppose, from the nature of some of the 

Mosaic laws, that a custom somewhat similar prevailed among the ancient 

Hebrew women. If the hardy women of the forest are benefited by rest, 

certainly our more delicate females may be thus benefited. All need 

a degree of rest; with some it should be absolute. 

 

The reckless manner in which some young women treat themselves at the 

menstrual period, is quite appalling to one who is acquainted with the 

painful and inveterate character of the evils which arise from such 

abuse. It is no uncommon thing for young ladies to attend balls, visit 

skating rinks, and otherwise expose themselves to the influences in 

every way the best calculated to do them the most harm at this particular 

period, observing not the slightest precaution. Such recklessness is 

really criminal; and the sad consequences of physical transgression 

are sure to follow. A young lady who allows herself to get wet or chilled, 

or gets the feet wet, just prior to or during menstruation, runs the 

risk of imposing upon herself life-long injury. Mothers should look 

carefully after their daughters at these periods, and impress upon them 


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