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viscera will return to their normal position." Some have also found
relief from the use of alum-water vaginal injections once or twice each
day. The alum-water is prepared by dissolving one heaping teaspoonful of
powdered alum in a pint of lukewarm water. This last treatment often
strengthens the vaginal muscles whose yielding has at least partially
been the cause of the falling womb.
In cases of RETROVERSION, in which the Uterus is turned or bent
backward, the "knee and chest" position will often aid in causing the
organ to regain its normal position. In this position the woman kneels,
and rests her chest upon the bed, thus causing the hips to be elevated.
In cases of ANTROVERSION, in which the Uterus is turned or bent forward,
relief is often obtained by the woman resting upon the back, using a
pillow to elevate her hips.
INTERCOURSE DURING MENSTRUATION. It would seem that the natural esthetic
repulsion to the exercise of the marital relations during the menstrual
period should be sufficient to deter men and women from indulgence at
this time; but many seem to have overcome this instinctive repulsion,
and to these a stronger reason must be given--and the reason is at hand.
The reasons in question are as follows: first, that congestion of the
Uterus and Ovaries sometimes results from this unnatural practice;
second, that the man may possibly contract an inflammation of the
urethra by infection from the degenerated membrane, tissue, blood, etc.,
of the menstrual flow; and third, that such practices may result in the
aggravation of discharges from the woman, such as leucorrhea, etc.
INTERCOURSE DURING PREGNANCY. The best authorities advise total
abstinence from sexual intercourse during the period of pregnancy; but
in view of the fact that such abstinence is very difficult for most men,
and that few will persist in it, it is thought well to point out the
fact that at least an extreme moderation is desirable in such cases. A
leading authority says on this point: "During the first four months of
pregnancy, no change need be made in the usual sex relations; their
intensity should be moderated, their frequency need not. During the
fifth, sixth, and seventh months, intercourse should be indulged in at
rarer intervals--once in two or three weeks--the act should be performed
without any violence or intensity. During the eighth and ninth months
relations had best be given up altogether. And this abstinence should
last until about six weeks after the birth of the child. During this
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