Prevention of Pregnancy.
THERE, are many cases in which, on account of some contagious or hereditary disease, it is not advisable for the wife to become pregnant. It is not always advisable for a wife to have children too fast, the constitution not being strong enough to stand the strain of bearing children, or the care of bringing them up. In such cases, while it would be wrong to commit abortion, it would be desirable to avoid pregnancy. I do not agree with many of the fashionable women of this age who consider the bearing of children a burden, and who do not know the joy of a baby in the house. How little they realize that the happiness and pleasure of a family of children is far greater than the care; that love makes labor light. It is hard for the young to realize the lonesomeness of childless old age.
While it may not be best to have children too fast when young, they must realize that if protective measures are carried on too long it will be impossible for the woman to become pregnant. Nature has provided a reasonable way; if there is no coition for ten days after the courses, or three days before, the chances of pregnancy are much diminished.
How to use the Douche or Vaginal Injection.
Every woman should make it her habit to take a warm water douche once every twenty four hours, except during her courses, to insure health of the parts. The reason for this is obvious when thought out seriously for secretions (often poisonous) which are allowed to remain within the parts often cause inflammation and other more serious trouble.
The best way to use the vaginal injection is to procure a fountain syringe, which consists of a rubber bag and long tube, on the end of which can be attached hard rubber nozzles of convenient size.
First fill the bag (which should hold at least two quarts) with warm water or other solution to be used. Hang it on a nail, placing the douche pan on the bed or floor. The douche pan should be capable of holding at least one gallon. Then lie down, placing the pan under you m such a position that the buttocks rest on top of the pan, in order that the solution after leaving the vagina will run into the pan without splashing over.
A more simple way, but not so effective, is to sit on the toilet, inserting the tube into the vagina.
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