See PMS Crunch.
In Nazi Germany: Spalt pain tablets, 1936
Myzone menstrual pain pills ad, 1952 (Australia)
Midol ads, Midol tins, Midol booklet
Mrs. Pinkham's company: Handwritten letter to a sick woman, Typed letter to a Canadian (1918), Ad from the Salt Lake Weekly Herald (1881) for Mrs. Pinkham, trade cards (flowers, girl with cat), post card of Stanford University, a bottle for Lydia Pinkham's Vegetable Compound, mending kit, bottles for her Blood Medicine and (just plain) Medicine, Home Talks, Private Text-Book Upon Ailments Peculiar to Women, Fruits and Candies booklet, and a modern bottle, box and instructions for her Tablets. And much more.
A discussion of the letter testimonials, and their authenticity, of the Pinkham company (in a discussion of a Pursettes ad with a letter testimonial)
See two letters to MUM about the ingredients of her Compound, and one about the lyrics of an English pop song, Lily the Pink, about her.
Other amazing women: Nelli Bly, Dr. Marie Stopes, Dr. Grace Feder Thompson
Boxes of old American patent medicine, some with drugs, associated with women's health:
Dr. Pierre's Boro-Pheno-Form and introduction to patent medicine | Chichesters English Diamond Brand Pennyroyal Pills | Midol tin boxes | Murray & Nickell Blue Cohosh Root | Murray & Nickell Cotton Root Bark | Allaire Woodward & Co. Oak Bark-White | Wampole's Vaginal Cones with Picric Acid | Humphreys "31" | Orange Blossom Suppositories | Dr. Pierce's Vaginal Tablets | Micajah's Medicated Wafers | Santrex Formula 52T | Sedets
See an ad for Dr. Schenk's Mandrake Pills, appearing on a trade card for journalist Nellie Bly.
CONTRIBUTE to Humor, Words and expressions about menstruation and Would you stop menstruating if you could?
Some MUM site links:
MUM address & What does MUM mean? |
Email the museum |
Privacy on this site |
Who runs this museum?? |
Amazing women! |
Art of menstruation (and awesome ancient art of menstruation) |
Artists (non-menstrual) |
Asbestos |
Belts |
Bidets |
Birth control and religion |
Birth control drugs, old |
Birth control douche & sponges |
Founder bio |
Bly, Nellie |
MUM board |
Books: menstruation & menopause (& reviews) |
Cats |
Company booklets for girls (mostly) directory |
Contraception and religion |
Contraceptive drugs, old |
Contraceptive douche & sponges |
Costumes |
Menstrual cups |
Cup usage |
Dispensers |
Douches, pain, sprays |
Essay directory |
Examination, gynecological (pelvic) (short history) |
Extraction |
Facts-of-life booklets for girls |
Famous women in menstrual hygiene ads |
Feminine napkin, towel, pad directory |
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, towel, napkin directory |
Patent medicine |
Poetry directory |
Products, some current |
Puberty booklets for girls and parents|
Religion |
Religión y menstruación |
Your remedies for menstrual discomfort |
Menstrual products safety |
Sanitary napkin, towel, pad directory |
Seguridad de productos para la menstruación |
Science |
Shame |
Slapping, menstrual |
Sponges |
Synchrony |
Tampon directory |
Early tampons |
Teen ads directory |
Tour of the former museum (video) |
Towel, pad, sanitary napkin directory |
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 |
Read 10 years (1996-2006) of articles and Letters to Your MUM on this site.
Leer la versión en español de los siguientes temas: Anticoncepción y religión, Breve reseña - Olor - Religión y menstruación - Seguridad de productos para la menstruación.

Ad for Lydia Pinkham's medicine, 1967
Unknown publication, probably U.S.A.

More patent medicine, sanitary napkin, tampon, pad, belts, menstruation, women's health, ads for teenagers, menstrual period, cycle, panty

Many companies have created solutions for menstruation-related pain although Mrs. Pinkham's must have been among the first in America. A competitor was Midol, which started out as a -, well, see for yourself. And look at the early tins that held them!

"Girl" appears three times in the text, "women" once. Is "girl" demeaning or something you say to someone in pain?

More than one woman told me when the museum was in my house that she didn't believe any women suffered from severe menstrual pain that was "real" - it was all in their heads.

My opinion - but I'm just a guy! - is that some women DO really suffer. Some have it much easier. Guys have it the easiest of all. Read a thousand other opinions about this.

Whoever designed the ad I think did a terrific job.

I thank the generous donor of the scan!

Below: The scan donor didn't say if the ad is in color. But black and white (and blue) seem perfectly appropriate for the mood: black and blue.
Below: Finding the words hard to read? Here's my go at it:
Then, there's that once a month when a girl could use a good old-fashioned medicine.
Maybe you feel just plain bad [there?], because cramps can put anybody out of commission. Or maybe a little lonely and sad. [?] you could use a pair of arms around you.
Well, we have just the thing for the once a month time. Lydia E. Pinkham tablets. They're made with gentle, natural ingredients, including one that works to help relax tightened muscles that give you cramps. Plus a little iron that a girl could use at a time like this. And, you don't run any chance of the kind of unpleasant side effects you could get from some of the newer drugs.
Now, there are a lot of things a girl can take that once a month. But maybe with an old-fashioned problem like this, you should take an old-fashioned medicine.
Lydia E. Pinkham
Maybe the natural way Lydia Pinkham is why a lot of women use it for [?].

End | See PMS Crunch - In Nazi Germany: Spalt pain tablets, 1936 - Myzone menstrual pain pills ad, 1952 (Australia) - Midol ads, Midol tins, Midol booklet
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