Every 28 Days…

28 days cover

Twenty-Eight Days
Elgin and Osterritter

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. ย 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.


myths of menstruation

truths about menstruation

diagram of uterus and fallopian tubes



  1. That book was published in the year I was born. I feel so old. I checked my statewide library system, and 2 libraries have this. There are lots better books dealing with this subject. There is no excuse for a library keeping this title in their children’s collection.

  2. Let us brush aside the myths, the taboos about, and the slang terms for, menstruation. Let us take the hand of a man in a gorilla costume and gaze up hopefully at him, if it helps.

  3. waitaminute – “aspirin and other medicines alleviate pain” is a ‘modern myth’? Thank goodness that one carried over to modern times. Sheesh.

  4. I know, and hot drinks are pretty darn pleasant if you have bad cramps. And cramps are still pretty normal, though you can treat them with ASPRIN. One of these days though I’d like to see a book about periods just called “Ow, Ow, Fuck”. Maybe my future comedy title.

  5. I think the point of including cramps with the myths is that not everyone gets cramps. Also, although I don’t know if this was known then, it’s been shown that girls who expect to get cramps are more likely to. So I’d say it’s worth discussing.

  6. Also, the poor girl looks ready to weep! So much for “fairer sex” being a compliment! At least the pamphlet my mother handed me when I was 11 (1964?) showed a happy girl wearing preppy clothes and sensible pearls!

  7. No one told me about cramps, but that’s the first thing I noticed the day mine began in the year this book was published & hey I am still getting cramps now in my early fifties. No cramps is a male doctor talking or a very, very lucky woman!
    I’ve probably not many periods left but I will remember not to touch a flag, have a filling or dye my hair!
    I thought it was sunglasses too.
    When I was 13 we had a nurse talk to all the girls in the school hall. She said:
    “A bird makes a nest from sticks & stones & moss & leaves but a woman makes hers of thick red blood” You have to imagine this in a Scottish accent. I always imagine a Wren’s nest inside; but she did go on to add; “never, never let a man put his seed in your nest”!

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