Young Girls as Well as Married Women Must Learn
The Importance of
Keeping your internal organs clean is just as important as giving
scrupulous attention to your teeth, hair, face or any part of your
external body. In fact, by the very reason of their complicated
construction it is far more important. Some women think that nature
takes care of this but they are in error. Other women argue that
primitive women had no means of caring for their internal bodies and ask
how they got along. If they will read history they will learn that
these women died young without ever knowing what ailed them, while
modern science through knowledge of hygiene has almost doubled the human
span of life.
It is just as important for young girls to cleanse their internal organs
as for older, married women. Many mothers are fearful that this might
injure the hymen or might make a young girl too conscious of these
organs. All of which is poppy-cock. In most girls the hymen is long
gone before they loose their virginity and if educated in the proper
way, with wholesome talks, and careful demonstration sessions with their
own syringe, the young girl will think no more about these organs than
she does her eyes, bust, nose or mouth. The aches and pains, which often
accompany first menstrual periods, can be greatly relieved by warm
douching, and it is surely just as necessary to wash away the
secretions, dead tissue and uncleanliness from outside sources, in the
young unmarried girl as it is in the older married woman.
Physicians now state also that douching during pregnancy is highly
desirable and a special type of douche nozzle is manufactured for the
purpose. Your physician, of course will advise you fully on this matter.
A woman who is ignorant of female hygiene has no right to expect a happy
marriage. Is she is to remain sweet and desirable to her husband she
must observe the strictest hygienic practices both before and after
coitus. Opinions differ on how often a woman should douche but all
authorities agree that every normal woman should so cleanse her internal
organs after menstruation and after having had sexual relations.
There are on the market many types of douching equipment and great
advances in their design have been made recently. While an ordinary
fountain syringe is the most commonly used, it has many drawbacks. It
cannot dilate the vaginal canal and having no retaining shield, the
water runs out as soon as it is injected. It cannot reach and properly
cleanse the folds and creases of the vagina and it is here that
excretions collect. Special retention douche shields are being
researched and in the future, anatomically shaped vulva sealing douche
shields will be readily available.
Improperly curved bulb syringe nozzles do not follow the anatomical
shape of the vaginal canal, which is not curved, but slants backward.
So called "whirling sprays" are not whirling sprays at all, for no
mechanical object could possibly revolve inside the vagina where wall
In selecting a good vaginal syringe choose one, which follows the shape
of the vaginal canal - straight, and slanting backward, one that is
simple in construction and has an oval shield in a fixed position. The
nozzle should be about four inches in length and it is desirable to get
one on which the shield is curved to fit the vulva. Such a type of
syringe does not enter into the vaginal canal far enough to touch or
injure the cervix, yet it makes it possible for the douching solution to
reach every part of the internal cavity and by reason of the shield to
hold it there until the cleansing is through. Another good type,
similar to that described above, has an adjustable shield, so that it
may be placed at any point along the nozzle and this is found
particularly desirable by young girls and brides or by those women
having a prolapsed uterus.
In the douching process, there are several positions a woman may take.
If the spray is the right type, with an oval flange shield, the douche
may be taken standing, making it unnecessary to remove the clothing. The
knee-chest position is also highly recommended although it is somewhat
difficult and awkward for the inexperienced. This position offers the
best option for the retention of medicated solutions when the nozzle is
not equipped with a shield. The douche may also be taken in an upright
sitting position on the toilet seat, or sitting on the edge of the seat,
leaning forward and downward. Many physicians recommend the reclining
position-reclining in the bathtub, against the sloping end of the tub.
This is especially recommended when the douche is for medicinal
purposes, in the treatment of vaginal infections or when it is to be a
prolonged hot treatment douche, as when it is used to relieve pain.
In all cases, a warm douche is recommended-the vagina can stand a
temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit or more, but a good plan is to
have the water no hotter than the sensitive tissues of the vulva can
It has taken a long time to convince the public that douches may be
taken during a menstrual period, but women are gradually beginning to
see the light. In fact, now after listening to the best authorities
state this fact over and over again, the majority of enlightened women
are beginning to see that the practice e is highly to be recommended not
only from the standpoint of cleanliness but for the sake of female
comfort. Many a woman, who for years suffered severe menstrual pains,
now finds relief in the application of warm douches.
What solution to put into the douche solution is a matter of opinion and
it is also determined by the purpose of the douche. Warning is given,
however against the use of all strong disinfectants, such as those
containing cresol, and other poisons. Some recommend and acid
douche-such as white vinegar, others an alkaline, such as salt and soda,
for ordinary cleansing purposes.
It is wise to consult a physician about which is best for you and never
under any circumstances, use any medicated solution without first
consulting him. The internal female organs are delicate and sensitive
and irreparable harm can be done them by the use of strong caustic
The above is an excerpt from a 1945 pamphlet titled, Digest of
Hygiene for Women and Girls. The pamphlet was found in a stack of old
books in the back corner of an antique store.