The Perils of Vaginal Douching (essay by Luci Capo Rome) - the odor page
"Faultless Feminine Syringe," No. 240, made by the Faultless Rubber Company, Ashland, Ohio, U.S.A., perhaps from the 1960s or 1970s.
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Mon Docteur vaginal douche set (complete?), with (separate?) documents, American, 1928-29?
The douche syringe

Mon Docteur - French for "My Doctor" (a nice medical connection with French haughtiness and naughtiness, huh?) - douche apparatus allegedly cured many ills, beautified the user and even could prevent her from dying. This was an era when a "germ"-free vagina led to better health rather than to worse health as believed today. (Read Luci Rome's essay on why women should not douche. And for the heck of it, surprise yourself with what causes menstrual odor.)

Women could also buy an early menstrual cup associated with the same company. See it as well as more literature about the beauty-douching connection (!) here and here.

And read what Leona Chalmers, who developed an early menstrual cup, writes about douching in a roughly contemporary book, The Intimate Side of a Woman's Life.

See how the diameter of the douche nozzle compares with the size of the vaginal opening.


The porcelain body from the large flat end at right to the tapered left side measures 3 3/8" (8.4 cm). The widest part of the flat end measures ca. 3 7/8" (ca. 9.8 cm) while the rubber tube at left is about 2 1/2" (6.3cm) long and about, lessee, oh, 7/16" (about 1 cm) wide at its narrowest.


copyright 2006 Harry Finley created the images.

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