This section is from the book "The Home Hand-Book of Domestic Hygiene and Rational Medicine. Volume 2.", by J. H. Kellogg, M.D.. Also available from Amazon: The Home Hand-Book of Domestic Hygiene and Rational Medicine, Volume 2.
LOCAL: Weakness in the back and lower part of the bowels; watery or glary discharge, sometimes very copious, often appears in adhesive, stringy masses; scanty or suppressed menstruation; painful menstruation; menorrhagia.
The mucous membrane lining the cavity of the uterus is subject to catarrh as well as all other mucous membranes of the body. This condition is generally termed, inflammation of the interior of the womb, and it has long been treated as such. It has recently been thoroughly demonstrated, however, that this is not the case, and that the condition of the mucous membrane of the organ is that of congestion and not inflammation.
The most common causes are improper dress; taking cold at the menstrual period; sexual excess; self-abuse; and whatever may cause congestion of the womb. It occurs very frequently in women who for any reason do not nurse their children after childbirth.