The Elements of Social Science, Or, Physical, Sexual and Natural Religion; An Exposition of the True Cause and Only Cure of the Three Primary Social E

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9781230325750: The Elements of Social Science, Or, Physical, Sexual and Natural Religion; An Exposition of the True Cause and Only Cure of the Three Primary Social E
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ... DISORDERS AT MENSTRUAL DECLINE. 1 Shali now say a. few words on the disorders sometimes attending the cessation of menstruation. It is a very general opinion, that this period must be attended with illness, but this is a great mistake, for healthy women frequently pass over it without the least inconvenience. Women themselves regard it as a very critical and perilous time; and this is a most unfortunate idea, for it causes much needless anxiety, and indeed often gives rise itself to svmntoms of ill-health. There is no more danger naturally connected with the decline 01 menstruation, than with its commencement ; and a woman, who is healthy, and who lives temperatelj need not look upon the "turn of life," with any apprehension. The most frequent symptoms of disturbance, observed at this period are mental. A hysterical nervous state is so common, as to excite little attention. The woman has a tendency to solitude, disordered sleep, impaired appetite, &c., with frequently a dread of organic disease. In some cases there is great agitation of mind and nervousness, amounting nearly to insanity; but. soothing quieting means, not restraint, should be used. Now all these symptoms are so prevalent, most probably,just because women have an unfounded dread of this period. Their mind is unnecessarily anxious about it, and this gives rise in very many cases to the nervous symptoms. Another reason probably is, that in this country, where there are so many invo'untary nuns, it must be a most painful thought to many, that the season of their youth, the last rose of their summer, is fading ; that their sexual life has been totally unfulfilled, and that there is no more hope for them of a child to gladden their old age. Alas that such lives and such sad...

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