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AMENORRHEA, another disorder arising in connection with the menstrual
process, consists of the retention or suppression of the menses, or of
"scanty" menses, or occasional "skipping" of the periods. This condition
is apt to be manifest in cases of extreme obesity or "fatness;" the
nervous system being burdened with superfluous flesh, its menstrual
rhythm is often affected. Suppression of the menses also sometimes
results from exposure and disturbing mental emotions. The most approved
treatment is that of remedying the abnormal general physical condition,
proper diet, and the use of hot drinks, hot sitz baths, and hot enemas
about the time of the beginning of the normal period.
MENORRHAGIA, another menstrual-period disorder, consists of very profuse
flowing--it is, in fact, a mild form of hemorrhage. It usually arises
from general debility, shocks, too violent exercise or labor, and also
in many cases from undue and too frequent sexual intercourse. Sometimes
the excessive flow occurs during the regular menstrual period, while in
other cases it may manifest itself out of season--sometimes as often as
two or three times a month. The duration of the normal period of
menstrual flow, however, varies greatly among different women; the
normal period may be said to last from two to six days, so what might be
an excessive flow for one woman would be only normal for
another--temperament plays a large part in determining the quantity of
Some of the accompanying symptoms of Menorrhagia, or profuse flow, are
lassitude, shortness of breath, faintness, dizziness, headache,
irritability and nervousness, and often also leucorrhea between periods.
The general treatment consists in measures calculated to bring the
general health of the woman back to the normal. The building up of the
general system, by means of nourishing food, proper exercise, etc., will
almost always result in curing this disorder.
A well-known authority has well said: "The hygiene of menstruation can
be expressed in two words: CLEANLINESS AND REST."
So far as Rest is concerned, the woman need not be urged to take it at
this period--that is, if she is able to do so. Care should be taken not
to exercise unduly at this time, and under the head of exercise may be
included dancing, horseback riding, and automobiling, as well as the
more common forms of athletic work.
It would seem that common sense and the general desire for cleanliness
and daintiness would cause all women to observe the plain hygienic laws
of Cleanliness at the time of the menstrual period. And, indeed, it is
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