By the 1800s, women were increasingly being diagnosed with hysteria, for which a hysterical paroxysm was prescribed as a therapy. Today, we refer to this as an orgasm.
Fun fact: The vibrator was the sixth home device to be electrified behind the refrigerator and the microwave. It was introduced shortly after the electric toaster and before the vacuum cleaner by about 100 years.
When you consider that, in the late 1800s, getting women off the floor was a greater priority than maintaining a clean bed, it seems to sense that this would be the case. After all, who knows what could have occurred if the ladies had been allowed to simmer in their sexual urges for an extended period.
Without a doubt, the truth is a non-starter. Sure, she'd probably be grumpy for a few days, but as we now know, nothing would have occurred since women are perfectly capable of regulating their own emotions and behaviours.
The Victorian medical community, the psychiatric community, and several behavioural scientists (ironically, all of whom were composed of men) believed that a sexually frustrated woman needed to be attended to as soon as possible, lest her womb wander. The dreaded female hysteria overcomes her mind, and that a sexually frustrated woman should be attended to immediately.
Female hysteria is a phrase that is no longer in use to describe a condition in which a woman suffers from a range of illnesses. Symptoms ranged from fainting to sexual fantasies, from a lack of appetite to "a proclivity to create mischief," and everything in between. The term "female hysteria" was used to describe anything that could not be ascribed to another factor.
The Evolution of the Diagnosis of Female Hysteria-
Hippocrates was the first scientist to describe female hysteria, though he did not discover its cure.
Hippocrates stated in his ancient medical writings, which were published back in 500 B.C., that several illnesses that seem to afflict females rather than males might be traced back to the womb. This bodily component is most essentially feminine in the first place. Historically, Hippocrates believed that the womb was a free-floater and a wandering creature. Whenever it moved into an unexpected location or became too close to another organ, complications would occur.
Later, as a result of his teachings, the term "hysteria" was coined, derived from the Greek word for uterus, "hysteria."
Few hundred years later, a Roman physician named Galen hypothesized that this hysteria, this womb movement, was caused by sexual deprivation on the female reproductive system. Women who were married had an easy solution – they could enlist the assistance of their husbands. The situation was less straightforward for single women, widows, and those who were devoutly devoted to their churches.
Because of this, Galen came up with the ground-breaking concept of pelvic massage. The intended cure, a "hysterical paroxysm," was triggered due to the massage's results.
That is, you are having an orgasm. More specifically, a satisfying orgasm.
The following is an excerpt from his notes, which provide a detailed description of the technique and the results he desired:
“Following the remedies and arising from the touch of the genital organs required by the treatment, there followed twitchings accompanied at the same time by pain and pleasure after which she emitted turbid and abundant sperm. From that time on she was free of all the evil she felt.”
Medical professionals would cite his technique from then on, and it would be used for hundreds of years without much change. As the diagnosis of hysteria became more common, manual sexual relief of women was mentioned in medical journals and home health guides almost every century leading up to the hysteria boom of the 1800s. Following the remedies and due to the treatment's touch on the genital organs, she experienced twitching accompanied by pain and pleasure. She emitted turbid and abundant sperm. She was free of all the evil she had felt since then.
Dr. Nathaniel Highmore coined the term “orgasm” to describe the result of a pelvic massage in 1660. Highmore, being a wise man, also noted that achieving the desired result was no simple task, comparing it to “that game of boys in which they try to rub their stomachs with one hand while patting their heads with the other.”
Hysteria had become widely accepted as the most common disease among women by the 1800s, and doctors were treating it more frequently. Indeed, a French physician named Pierre Briquet boldly claimed that “hysteroneurasthenic disorders” affected at least a quarter of all Victorian women.
The “Cure” For Female Hysteria Is Being Automated-
On the other hand, doctors were growing tired of the old method described by Galen, which they'd been using for centuries. They were literally "paroxysm" so many women that their fingers cramped, and they began to look for other options.
Hydrotherapy was the first method. A powerful water jet would be directed at the women's pelvic region as they sat in a specially designed chair. According to one doctor, there was no better way to administer an outbreak, and the effects were "impossible to describe."
Vibrators gradually became smaller, starting with a portable version in 1882 that used a 40-pound battery and had two separate units. Manual massages took "a painstaking hour to accomplish." According to medical professionals, they provided "much less profound results than are easily affected by [the vibrator] in a short five or ten minutes," according to medical professionals.
The vibrator had become more portable, affordable, and, to many women's delight, more private by the early 1900s. They were able to be electrified and thus used at home as a result of technological advancements. Women no longer needed to seek medical help because they could solve their sexual problems on their own, in the privacy of their own homes.
Thankfully, the diagnosis of female hysteria has become obsolete over time. The American Psychological Association dropped the term from their manual, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, in 1950 and replaced it with "conversion disorder" in 1980.
Unlike its contentious ancestors, the vibrator has withstood the test of time, evolving through hundreds of iterations to become what it is today, a ubiquitous item that can be found on drugstore shelves.