See also Australian douche ad (ca. 1900) - Fresca douche powder (U.S.A.) (date ?) - Kotique douche liquid ad, 1974 (U.S.A.) - Liasan (1) genital wash ad, 1980s (Germany) - Liasan (2) genital wash ad, 1980s (Germany) - Lysol douche liquid ad, 1928 (U.S.A.) - Lysol douche liquid ad, 1948 (U.S.A.) - Marvel douche liquid ad, 1928 (U.S.A.) - Midol menstrual pain pill ad, 1938 (U.S.A.) - Midol booklet (selections), 1959 (U.S.A.) - Mum deodorant cream ad, 1926 (U.S.A.) - Myzone menstrual pain pill, 1952 (Australia) - Pristeen genital spray ad, 1969 (U.S.A.) - Spalt pain tablets, 1936 (Germany) - Sterizol douche liquid ad, 1926 (U.S.A.) - Vionell genital spray ad, 1970, with Cheryl Tiegs (Germany) - Zonite douche ad, 1928 (U.S.A.)
***The Perils of Vaginal Douching*** (essay by Luci Capo Rome) - the odor 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.

A page from the catalog of the German company Thalysia, showing douche and menstruation supplies, 1933 (page 2 - pages 1, 3, 4, 5)

The text, below, hints at the fact that some readers may not have been used to using pads, much less changing them. Going back centuries, women had often bled into their underwear without changing it, and still did in some groups in Europe (read more about this).


My translation of the above:
Vagol, for intimate hygiene [the label on the bottle reads Frauen-Spülwasser, "Women's Douching Water"]
The most careful attention should be devoted to the cleanliness of the genitals, especially during menstruation. Infectious diseases will be halted by washing and douching with our Vagol preparations, which hinder the penetration of microbes and causes of putrefaction that cause serious illness, under which the whole body suffers and consequently one's beauty [!]. Here one must mention the indispensable menstrual pads, which, when dirty ones are regularly exchanged for fresh, remove disintegrating substances from the dangerous proximity of the blood-swollen mucous membrane. - After the beginning of the menopause, these organs are almost more susceptible to diseases than before and therefore in this phase of life the care of this region must not be neglected.

Vagol Women's Douching Water. Instead of insufficient rinsing with tepid water or even with corrosive fluids, Vagol Essence is the mildest antiseptic and cleaning solution. Putting one tablespoon of it in one-half liter of water is enough for a good disinfection and it removes all bad odors. . . .Big bottle, 2.5 marks, little bottle, 1.5 marks

Vagol tablets contain the effective material of Vagol Essence for women's hygiene in concentrated form for convenient use while traveling, etc. . . . One roll, 1.5 marks

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