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10 Ancient Methods of Prevent Pregnancy (Birth Control )

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  • Rimi
    [1] 10 Ancient Methods of Prevent Pregnancy (Birth Control ) This year marked the fiftieth anniversary of the birth control pill, which many considered to
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 1, 2011
      10 Ancient Methods of Prevent Pregnancy (Birth Control )
      This year marked the fiftieth anniversary of the birth control
      pill, which many considered to have empowered women and sparked the
      sexual revolution. But as this list will show, women have had some
      control over their reproductive rights for millennia, although some of
      these ancient birth control methods were, admittedly, more terrifying
      than most of the methods in use today.
      To be included on this list, the birth control had to be at least
      plausibly effective to some degree. Records exist of women in ancient
      Rome and Greece relying on dances and amulets to prevent pregnancy,
      and we can safely assume that those probably didnâ€(tm)t
      do much. At the risk of stirring up controversy, Iâ€(tm)ve
      listed both contraceptives—which prevent sperm
      from fertilizing egg—and abortifacients, which
      induce abortion. For the sake of interest, Iâ€(tm)ve
      focused on methods that would be unusual today, and not on methods
      that are still regularly practiced—like
      abstinence, coitus interruptus, or fertility
      awareness—to similar effect now as a few centuries
      ago. These items are in no particular order.
      10 LEMONS [2]
      Citric acid is said to have spermicidal properties, and women used
      to soak sponges in lemon juice before inserting them vaginally.
      Mentioned in the Talmud, this was a preferred method of birth control
      in ancient Jewish communities. The sponge itself would act as a
      pessary—a physical barrier between the sperm and
      the cervix. The great womanizer Casanova was said to have inserted
      the rind of half a lemon into his lovers as a primitive cervical cap
      or diaphragm, the residual lemon juice serving to annihilate the
      sperm. Lemon- and lime-juice douches following coitus were also
      recommended as a form of birth control, but this method was likely
      less effective, since sperm can enter the
      cervix—and hence out of reach of any
      douching—within minutes of ejaculation.
      Incidentally, some alternative medicine practitioners today suggest
      that megadoses of vitamin C (6 to 10 g a day) could induce an
      abortion in women under 4 weeks of pregnancy, but
      thereâ€(tm)s no evidence that citrus fruits were used in
      this way in ancient times.
      9 QUEEN ANNE€(tm)S LACE [3] Queen
      Anneâ€(tm)s Lace is also known as wild carrot, and its
      seeds have long been used as a
      contraceptive—Hippocrates described this use over
      two millennia ago. The seeds block progesterone synthesis, disrupting
      implantation and are most effective as emergency contraception within
      eight hours of exposure to sperm—a sort of
      “morning after” form of birth
      control. Taking Queen Anneâ€(tm)s Lace led to no or mild
      side effects (like a bit of constipation), and women who stopped
      taking it could conceive and rear a healthy child. The only danger,
      it seemed, was confusing the plant with similar-looking but
      potentially deadly poison hemlock and water hemlock.

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