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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 10:22 PM
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Feminine hygiene ad, 1926, advocates douching with Lysol
this is real ladies and gentlemen..







http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m2005/is_n3_v29/a...
gender and the political economy of birth control in the 1930s Journal of Social History - Find Articles


http://www.thewvsr.com/lysol.htm
Lysol Feminine Hygiene


from http://www.boingboing.net/2007/05/16/feminine_hygiene_a...
Boing Boing: Feminine hygiene ad, 1926, advocates douching with Lysol
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The Velveteen Ocelot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 10:36 PM
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1. Ow.
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SeattleGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 10:41 PM
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2. Eeek!!!!
:scared:
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 10:43 PM
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3. I'm guessing this was a different formula from what we know as lysol today
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Kat45 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 11:01 PM
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9. I sure hope it was.
Eeeeuw, just the thought of that is disgusting.
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MonkeyFunk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 10:49 PM
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4. wow...
Pine Sol, maybe, but Lysol?
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 10:52 PM
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5. When did women switch to Fresca?
:hide:

RL
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philosophie_en_rose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 10:53 PM
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6. Ouch.
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eauclaireliberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 10:55 PM
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7. According to reports from MD's over the years, douching is
a pointless practice anyway. It accomplishes nothing...oh, except to kill your own flora, leaving a clear path for fungi, yeasts, and opportunistic infections.

When I Think of the stupid shit that women are put through and subjected to, I thank God I am a man.
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Maraya1969 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 11:00 PM
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8. My vagina is angry!
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berni_mccoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 11:03 PM
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10. DAMN! Check this out:
From Wiki:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysol_%28cleaner%29

In the late 1920s Lysol disinfectant began being marketed by maker Lysol, Incorporated and distributor Lehn & Fink, Inc. as a feminine hygiene product. They intimated that vaginal douching with a Lysol solution prevented infections and vaginal odor, and thereby preserved marital gladness. This Lysol solution was also used as a birth control agent, as post-coital douching was a popular method of preventing pregnancy at that time. The use of Lysol was later discouraged by the medical community as it tended to eliminate the bacteria normal to the healthy vagina, thus allowing more robust, health-threatening bacteria to thrive, and may have masked more serious problems that certain odors indicated in the first place.

In the US, from around 1930 to 1960, vaginal douching with a Lysol disinfectant solution was the most popular form of birth control. US marketing ads printed testimonials from European "doctors" touting its safety and effectiveness. The American Medical Association later investigated these claims. They were unable to locate the cited "experts" and found that Lysol was not effective as a contraceptive.

Safety

Poisoning by this chemical is possible by absorption, inhalation, or ingestion in large quantities. It has been speculated that this chemical may be carcinogenic, though results are currently under debate. Practice standard safety measures when dealing with this product. Limit exposure by inhailation, ingestion, or absorbtion. Household versions of this chemical, however, are often dilluted and the risk is far lower than with concentrates, but it can still pose a danger if used improperly. Use only in a well ventilated area in accordance with the directions. If poisioning has occurred, contact your local poison control office and seek immediate medical attention. This chemical should not replace the use of soap and water and some bacterial resistance may occur with over-use of this product.

Versions of some chemicals related to this product were once used as antiseptics, etc., on humans, however, this is no longer considered safe. Do not clean wounds with this product as it is poisonous.
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Manifestor_of_Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 11:57 PM
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12. Yes it happened!! Diluted somewhat. I think 1/20.
My mom told me about douching with it, and she was born in 1921 and thought sex was dirty.

That was before they got the concept of good buggies or "Normal Flora" in the digestive tract and the vagina.

Also check out the Museum of Menstruation by my friend, Harry Finley, at:

www.mum.org
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Elidor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 11:03 PM
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11. .
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