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A Visit from Aunt Flo

The Menstrual Cycle coverThe Menstrual Cycle: An essential guide for women and men
Dalton
1969

Submitter: To my great horror, we just found this gem on our shelves and we are a mid-sized public library in the midwest. How it eluded weeding prior to this, I’ll never know. It was probably a frank discussion on a topic that had little data for its time, but now that it’s 43 years old, it’s wayyyy past time to go. Yes, our periods have not changed much, but the Pill was still a new thing when this book was written and the cavalier attitudes about injecting women with hormones for the most trivial of reasons is rather frightening. I especially loved how I could change my cycle so it wouldn’t interfere with my vacation! Or how one shot of progesterone would turn me into the woman that my husband married (What? I’ll lose 40 pounds and my grey hair will disappear?).

This author is apparently British, and there are many references to studies of girls in boarding schools, and how their period affects their school performance. I’m picturing a horrible Miss Minchin forcing scores of English schoolgirls to document their monthly cycles while eating lumpy porridge.

Holly: <Eye roll> This is awful. Teens are most likely to check out something like this, and the cover is just too dumb to ever get their attention.  As a 38-year-old woman, I wouldn’t be caught dead with this book either.  I mean, a big red circle over the abdomen of a female figure drawn poorly?  I especially love the section on “Women at Work.”</Eye roll>

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Every 28 Days…

28 days cover

Twenty-Eight Days
Elgin and Osterritter
1973

Another helpful period book. My first thought was that movie about a virus called 28 Days Later. Coincidence?

I am embarrassed for the library that still has it on the shelves (at least as of this writing). I pity a girl that has to depend on this old book.  The illustrations are bizarre. (I thought the first picture was of sunglasses. Whoops!) As a woman of a certain age, I can also say that I have never heard of any of the “modern” myths. In 1973, I was busy being a boring junior high student in the middle of Illinois– hardly on the cutting edge of popular culture. I think avoiding wet feet and chills is probably good advice regardless of how your lady parts are acting.

I am also pretty sure my younger self would have thought this was a waste of a good tree.

Mary

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