So that’s what those things are used for … vaginal syringes.


No, that’s not a dildo.

Or a salt shaker.

It’s a vaginal syringe. A device that:

When it came to the taboo topic of feminine hygiene in the 1800s, the common policy was “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Vaginal syringes, like those we found in our City Hall excavation, were used discreetly in order to maintain health, treat venereal disease and prevent pregnancy. Such feminine hygiene tactics were not discussed openly.

There are many other personal hygiene tidbits to be discovered in this article I found, including this one:

In 1935, a major advancement was made in toilet paper. By this time, the American population had already ditched corncobs, newspaper pages, leaves, and mussel shells for what we consider modern toilet paper. But it wasn’t until this year that Northern Tissue advertised the first “splinter-free” toilet paper. Paper production was still rather rudimentary and brands couldn’t always make this guarantee before.

Splinter free toilet paper. Could you imagine asking your spouse or loved one, “Uh, honey, I got another splinter I need you to get out.”

More great information about the history of hygiene here.



3 thoughts on “So that’s what those things are used for … vaginal syringes.

  1. Vaginal syringes were considered a modern birth control method in the 19th century – using startlingly cold water! I have a post on my blog with an instruction booklet from 1855, if you are interested!

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