“With the unmarried, or sterile women who are married, there is an atrophy of the genetalia, because unused as nature designed, and the menopause is liable to occur earlier, and without untoward results. This is not true, however, in the case of those who are married and prevent conception unlawfully, or produce abortions. In such cases nature rebels and compels the payment of the penalty of her violated laws. Malignant diseases often result, or failing in this, a slow and dangerous change is very likely to be experienced, followed by years of discomfort or invalidism”
Excerpt From: Emma Frances Angell Drake. “What a woman of forty-five ought to know" published in 1902
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