Powerful, thought provoking piece about an experience that all women will have.
An abridged history of the Menopause:
1800s – Publications, professionals and academics consider that hysteria and female insanity are linked to our reproductive organs.
1824 – Ovariotomy (removal of the ovaries) treatment introduced in the UK for menopause. You will be pleased to hear that women’s mortality rate improved from 50% to 11% after the introduction of anaesthetic.
1830-1900 – Women are admitted to lunatic asylums (usually by their husbands) for hysteria and menopause (stated as “cessation of periods” or “the change” on admissions records). Women had no rights at the time so you had to wait until you appeared “cured” or were busted out by family. By this time you had lost your sanity, land and children.
1849 – The physician William Tyler Smith recommended the following treatment for menopause: injecting ice water into the rectum, ice in the vagina and the application of…
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