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THE CONQUEST OF THE VENEREAL DISEASES-8.1
THE CONQUEST OF THE VENEREAL DISEASES-8.2
THE CONQUEST OF THE VENEREAL DISEASES-8.3
THE CONQUEST OF THE VENEREAL DISEASES-8.4
THE CONQUEST OF THE VENEREAL DISEASES-8.5
THE CONQUEST OF THE VENEREAL DISEASES-8.6
FOOTNOTES
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.1
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.2
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.3
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.4
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.5
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.6
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.7
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.8
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.9
MARRIAGE-10.1
MARRIAGE-10.2
MARRIAGE-10.3
MARRIAGE-10.4
MARRIAGE-10.5
MARRIAGE-10.6
MARRIAGE-10.7
MARRIAGE-10.8
MARRIAGE-10.9
MARRIAGE-10.10
MARRIAGE-10.11
MARRIAGE-10.12
FOOTNOTES
THE ART OF LOVE-11.1
THE ART OF LOVE-11.2
THE ART OF LOVE-11.3
THE ART OF LOVE-11.4
THE ART OF LOVE-11.5
THE ART OF LOVE-11.6
THE ART OF LOVE-11.7
THE ART OF LOVE-11.8
THE ART OF LOVE-11.9
THE ART OF LOVE-11.10
THE ART OF LOVE-11.11
FOOTNOTES
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.1
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.2
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.3
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.4
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.5
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.6
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.7
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.8
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.9
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blessing even to the very greatest men, like Goethe, to have had 

a youthful mother. It would also, in many cases, be a great 

advantage for the woman herself if she could bring her 

procreative life to an end well before the age of twenty-five, so 

that she could then, unhampered by child-bearing and mature in 

experience, be free to enter on such wider activities in the 

world as she might be fitted for. 

 

Such an arrangement of the procreative life of women would, 

obviously, only be a variation, and would probably be unsuited 

for the majority. Every case must be judged on its own merits. 

The best age for procreation will probably continue to be 

regarded as being, for most women, around the age of twenty. But 

at a time like the present, when there is an unfortunate 

tendency for motherhood to be unduly delayed, it becomes 

necessary to insist on the advantages, in many cases, of early 

motherhood. 

 

There are other conditions favorable or unfavorable to procreation which 

it is now unnecessary to discuss in detail, since they have already been 

incidentally dealt with in previous volumes of these _Studies_. There is, 

for instance, the question of the time of year and the time of the 

menstrual cycle which may most properly be selected for procreation.[466] 

The best period is probably that when sexual desire is strongest, which is 

the period when conception would appear, as a matter of fact, most often 

to occur. This would be in spring or early summer,[467] and immediately 

after (or shortly before) the menstrual period. The Chinese have observed 

that the last day of menstruation and the two following 

days--corresponding to the period of oestrus--constitute the most 

favorable time for fecundation, and Bossi, of Genoa, has found that the 

great majority of successes in both natural and artificial fecundation 

occur at this period.[468] Soranus, as well as the Talmud, assigned the 

period about menstruation as the best for impregnation, and Susruta, the 

Indian physician, said that at this time pregnancy most readily occurs 

because then the mouth of the womb is open, like the flower of the 

water-lily to the sunshine. 

 

We have now at last reached the point from which we started, the moment of 

conception, and the child again lies in its mother's womb. There remains 

no more to be said. The divine cycle of life is completed. 


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