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7 Disgusting things women did in past...

Many people do not feel awake in the mornings until they shower, comb their hair and brush their teeth. Nowadays, it is difficult to imagine being more than one or two days without doing one of these things, much less a whole year, or a life. However, exactly that was the routine for many of our ancestors. Obviously, they had standards significantly different from ours. Before the emergence of plumbing, electricity and medical research, personal hygiene was somewhat unpleasant, to say the least. Without the amenities that we enjoy daily, people had to resort to some certainly strange practices. Do not miss some of them!

1. They washed rarely

Christian authorities allowed people to bathe for cleanliness and health but condemned attendance at public bathhouses for pleasure, and women were barred from access to mixed facilities. Over time, the restrictions worsened; Christians were forbidden to bathe without clothes and, in general, the church began to disapprove of the excessive "indulgence" in the habit of bathing. This culminated in the medieval church proclaiming that the public bath led to immorality, promiscuous relationships, and diseases. Also, the women remained several months without washing their intimate areas, because according to this premise, they could be infertile.

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2. The smell was unbearable

To avoid water sickness and the sinful nature of the bath, people started using perfumed rags to rub their bodies and perfumes to mask the smell. However, it was not enough, as the population began to give off a smell of rot quite quickly. As if that were not enough, the streets of the cities tended to be covered with faeces and urine thanks to the people who threw the contents of their urinals through the windows, causing foul currents of cloudy water. Also, some people had to put perfumed handkerchiefs under their nose to avoid vomiting when they left their homes. If that is not enough, the butchers killed the animals in the streets and left the unusable remains and blood on the ground, which began to rot over time.

3. Pregnancy tests

Before the invention of the current devices, the most reliable test was to wait and see. However, there were some unpleasant remedies for women to check if they were pregnant. One of the most striking was popular in Ancient Egypt: both, the Egyptian medical papyri and Hippocrates, praised as the father of medicine, suggested that if a woman suspected of being pregnant she could insert an onion or other vegetable with a strong smell in its intimate part during a whole night. If the next morning, her breath emanated an unpleasant smell of onion, she was not pregnant. This was based on the idea that the bellies were open, bringing the smell of the vegetable to the mouth as if it were a wind tunnel. In case of being pregnant, then the uterus would be closed so that the stench could not pass.

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4. Contraceptive methods

Women of ancient cultures used a variety of unusual methods to prevent pregnancy, with different levels of success and hygiene. The females of Ancient Egypt used crocodile excrement as a solution; once they mixed the feces of the reptile with a fermented mass, they sprayed the brew on their vulvas or inside their private parts to prevent the sperm from reaching the uterus. Other people, like the ones in India, used elephant feces as a similar form of birth control. Despite being unhealthy, some researchers think that the alkaline nature of the excrement could have emerged, while others claim that increasing the naturally acidic pH of the intimate parts increases the chances of getting pregnant since a high alkalinity is beneficial for the sperm.

5. Menstruation

It is not surprising that there was a great religious shame associated with menstruation, particularly in medieval Christianity. Due to the horror generated by the blood itself, it is no surprise that women made an effort to hide their menses from public view. In Medieval Europe, women wore patchwork aromatic herbs around their necks and waist, hoping that they would neutralize the smell of blood, and try to contain heavy flows with some medications, such as a frog dust. To the south of India, for example, a rite of purification was carried out every time a woman reached puberty. They had to rub their teeth, gargle and wash themselves with manure, and get into the river several times.

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6. The barber: doctor and dentist

During the Middle Ages, dentists, doctors, and barbers were all the same person. And since there was no anesthesia and the medical compression was pretty crude, everything was certainly unpleasant. The "barber surgeons" were responsible for treating the wounds of the soldiers during and after the fighting. Obviously, there was a very high mortality rate due to blood loss and infections. One of the most used remedies was the usage of leeches on wounds and bleeding, which was basically to let a person bleed to cure the diseases.

7. Hairstyles

In the seventeenth centuries, women were very careful when it came to getting a hairstyle, as they were very complicated. In fact, there were barbers or hairdressers who took hours to stack their hair, having to use special supports to hold them. That is why women left these hairstyles for weeks or even months, which led to a large part of the population contracting lice due to the lack of hygiene. In addition, it was also quite common to use certain remedies, such as ash or mustard, to wash them, because at that time there was no type of shampoo.

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