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Hysteria was widely discussed in the medical literature of the 19th century. Women considered to be suffering from it exhibited a wide array of symptoms including faintness, nervousness, sexual desire, insomnia, fluid retention, heaviness in abdomen, muscle spasm, shortness of breath, irritability, loss of appetite for food or sex, and "a tendency to cause trouble".

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from the Victorian era

Female hysteria

Sexual frustration -aka "Female Hysteria" can lead to irritability, muscle spasms, and insomnia among other symptoms. What to do with a Victorian woman in such a state? Send her to a doctor for professional pelvic massage. Victorian men paid doctors to to "treat" their wives with "hysterical paroxysm" -aka orgasm. A Dr. finding this to be tedious (?!) invented a machine=first vibrator.

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from i-D

petra collins reclaims running mascara and 'female hysteria' in raw new series, ’24-hour psycho'

petra collins reclaims running mascara and 'female hysteria' in raw new series…

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Rachel Harmeyer - Hysteria I - hand embroidered collage | For those who don't know what they're looking at, this is a cross-section of female pelvic anatomy. The upside down "U" shape is the uterus. To its left is the bladder (round shape) and to its right is the colon.

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from The Huffington Post

7 Crazy Things People Used To Believe About Female Hysteria

Female Hysteria: 7 Crazy Things People Used To Believe About The Ladies' Disease