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Historical Terms for Menstruation

I've googled and wikied (using combinations of the terms "menstruation", "synonym", "historical") and while I've gotten some interesting and amusing results, I haven't gotten what I really want.

How would a young woman around the turn of the 17th century (late 17th-early 18th) refer to her menstrual period? She's a young, unmarried, English woman living in the West Indies, an only child, well-bred and with an education appropriate for her class. Though she's well-bred, she's committed an, er, indiscretion and now she's counting months since her last period. She's not actually discussing this with someone else - this is internal monologue. Would a young (18-20) woman of this upbringing even be aware of signs of pregnancy to look for in herself?

And am I correct in thinking that any English woman from that time period would be expected to be a virgin until she married? (I know that reality has always differed from expectation - I just want to be sure I know what the expectation was.)


ETA: Thanks, everyone, for your responses. I believe I have what I was looking for - "my time" or "my courses" should be perfect, or nearly. Also, thanks for confirming what I thought was true about expectations back then - virginity was expected but certainly not always the case, and bearing a child "prematurely" after the wedding wasn't bad but bearing a child unwed was. Thanks again!
Tags: ~medicine: historical, ~medicine: reproduction
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