Leaflet about the Frauenheil douche, Europe, 1895-1905

1895-1905 in Germany

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Leaflet about the Frauenheil (Women's health) vaginal douche, including illustration

Vaginal douches were a contraceptive. They involved flushing the woman's vagina after sexual intercourse. This leaflet advertised the Frauenheil douche. It was written in the early 1900s. This was when contraception was more scarce and often frowned upon by parts of society. The leaflet was written in a very indirect manner. This allowed the reader to use the douche or syringe for ‘hygienic’ reasons rather than as a contraceptive.


Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
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  • visual and verbal communication

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