Female hysteria was a once-common medical diagnosis, made exclusively in women, which is today no longer recognized by modern medical authorities as a medical disorder. Its diagnosis and treatment were routine for many hundreds of years in Western Europe. 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, insomnia, fluid retention, heaviness in abdomen…

Female hysteria was a once-common medical diagnosis, made exclusively in women, which is today no longer recognized by modern medical authorities as a medical disorder. Its diagnosis and treatment …

Early 20th Century Vibrator by White Cross: In the early 20th century, vaginal stimulation with vibratory devices for the treatment of female hysteria was a common & lucrative part of many physicians’ office practices.

Early Century Vibrator by White Cross: In the early century, vaginal stimulation with vibratory devices for the treatment of female hysteria was a common & lucrative part of many physicians’ office practices. Treatment of "hysteria".

A histeria feminina já foi um diagnóstico comum que, hoje, está completamente desacreditado. Em 1859, um médico chegou a dizer que um quarto de todas as mulheres sofria com histeria feminina. Outro médico catalogou 75 páginas de sintomas que caracterizavam a histeria feminina. De acordo com o documento, quase todos os males que o corpo humano sofre, independente do motivo, poderiam ser caracterizados como sintomas da doença.

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Victorian ad showing doctor treating woman's "hysteria" by 'pelvic massage'. That always cures my 'hysteria' ⊙.

Petra Collins ’24-hour psycho'

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

Water massages as a treatment for hysteria (c. 1860)

BB: Water massages as a treatment for hysteria (c. Women considered to be suffering from hysteria would sometimes undergo "pelvic massage" – manual stimulation of the genitals by the doctor until the patient experienced "hysterical paroxysm" (orgasm).

Female hysteria - Wikipedia

Female hysteria - Wikipedia

It turns out that vibrators were not primarily created for a lady’s pleasure.  For a long time, doctors were using manual stimulation, or “pelvic massage,” so women could have a “hysterical paroxysm,” (#orgasm).  This was the common treatment for female hysteria, especially in the Victorian era.  Doctors were finding this work to be too much, time and labor wise, and thus the personal massager came into being. Read more by clicking on the photo.  #history #historyofsex #vibrator #massage…

It turns out that vibrators were not primarily created for a lady’s pleasure. For a long time, doctors were using manual stimulation, or “pelvic massage,” so women could have a “hysterical paroxysm,” (#orgasm). This was the common treatment for female hysteria, especially in the Victorian era. Doctors were finding this work to be too much, time and labor wise, and thus the personal massager came into being. Read more by clicking on the photo. #history #historyofsex #vibrator #massage…

For centuries, female hysteria was a common medical diagnosis, with women forced to underg...

Haunting pictures show women being treated for 'hysteria' in the 1870s

For centuries, female hysteria was a common medical diagnosis, with women forced to underg...

For centuries, female hysteria was a common medical diagnosis, reserved exclusively for women. Up until the nineteenth century, it was widely believed to be connected to a womb which was out of place

Haunting pictures show women being treated for 'hysteria' in the 1870s

For centuries, female hysteria was a common medical diagnosis, reserved exclusively for women. Up until the nineteenth century, it was widely believed to be connected to a womb which was out of place

For centuries, female hysteria was a common medical diagnosis, reserved exclusively for women. Up until the nineteenth century, it was widely believed to be connected to a womb which was out of place

Haunting pictures show women being treated for 'hysteria' in the 1870s

For centuries, female hysteria was a common medical diagnosis, reserved exclusively for women. Up until the nineteenth century, it was widely believed to be connected to a womb which was out of place

Petra Collins ’24-hour psycho'

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

Petra Collins, Untitled Hour Psycho), Digital C-print, 65 x 43 inches, edition of Courtesy of the artist and Ever Gold [Projects]

Deeply disheartening though it may be, the practice of labeling women "crazy" is alive and well today, and its roots are deep. As in, it's-been-happening-for-thousands-of-years-and-has-been-pretty-well-tolerated-by-most-of-society deep.

7 Crazy Things People Used To Believe About Female Hysteria

Deeply disheartening though it may be, the practice of labeling women "crazy" is alive and well today, and its roots are deep. As in, it's-been-happening-for-thousands-of-years-and-has-been-pretty-well-tolerated-by-most-of-society deep.

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.

Female hysteria

Vintage Vibrator Ad The first vibrators were developed for doctors to treat hysteria, and who could more quickly deliver the curative "hysterical paroxysm" (orgasm), after which the patient would feel very much improved for a time.

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