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Women haven’t been able to catch a break for centuries now, especially when it comes to their menstrual cycles.

Perhaps the most misinterpreted human bodily function, periods have always been a mystery to men, and sadly, they’ve been the ones in charge for most of history.

For example, in Biblical times, women with their periods were sent into seclusion for seven “clean” days. Imagine how fun that cave or whatever must’ve been.

Or how about in 16th and 17th century Europe? Menstrual blood was considered “poison,” and the subsequent “blood vapours” (because yeah, those exist) made women crazy.

Not even that long ago (in the 1960s), women had to wear a BELT to hold up their pads. We’re talking full-on straps, like a harness. That must’ve been really comfortable.

For more unsettling and so-bad-it’s-almost-funny historical facts about periods, watch the video above. Educate yourself and then go hug a menstruating woman. Make up for centuries of mistreatment.