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Every summer and fall there are hundreds, thousands of renaissance fairs in almost every county in the nation. This means that an equal number of troubadours, bar maids, barbarians, elves, kings, queens, and daring artists are there in turn. But, how accurately are they portraying these people? I came into this question while researching feminine hygiene in the Renaissance period. I doubt that these women are that hardcore!
holy women don't MENSTRUATE-only sinners do
Doctor's and learned menfolk of the time believed that the reason nuns or holy women did not menstruate was because they were holy. This rational worked for them, as men and women considered "Aunt Flo" a curse. If you had a hard period, it was because you were all the more evil. But, holy women hardly ate a worthy or healthy diet. Which of course is why they rarely menstruated. If there is a healthy diet a body cannot support pregnancy, or a monthly uterus shedding-let alone a human's health.
sex with MENSTRUATING women will kill your semen
For some it was a common idea that if you had sex with a woman on her period that you would loose your semen because that blood was filled with waste and decay. At best, if the woman did become pregnant it was still going to be a disfigured and horrible creature. This was accounted for in red haired women, and anyone with leprosy.
Tampons were made ...homemade
That's right-women used fibers wrapped around a stick and inserted into their areas. Or they used a lot of moss, and secured it somehow to stop the blood from flowing everywhere. Some of the research even stated that women were obsessed with staying as clean as possible because they believed in the corrosive properties of their periods.
Thus each cramp is a reminder of sin to a medieval woman.
One great fact-you had less periods in the medieval/Renaissance period. Why? Because the average lifespan was 30.
There you go.
So whether you are using moss, eating unhealthy, or simply enduring a homemade tampon-remember you live longer and have more periods.
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