26 September 2020
“Do you think taking a pill every day is boring?” BBC Health and Wellbeing Editor Katrina White wrote. Have you ever lubricated your faces when seeing a condom?
White says it’s best to live with them because these two forms of contraception have been among the greatest public health inventions of the past two centuries.
Perhaps that is the reason why these wonderful innovations are honored on September 26 of each year on World Contraception Day, an initiative launched by a group of different organizations around the world to encourage awareness of methods of contraception, and as the World Health Organization says, “Empowering young people to make informed decisions about their health. Sexual and reproductive. “
So let’s just think about how great contraception actually is.
For example, condoms played a large role in preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, while the invention of the contraceptive pill gave women, for the first time, real control over reproduction.
Obviously, this contraceptive is not without problems, we are sure that we do not need to tell you about the side effects of the pill, but it would be difficult to deny that life is much better with contraception than without it.
That’s why we’re taking you on a short tour of the strangest and most dangerous methods of contraception throughout history, before we get to the relative luxury of today’s contraceptive, White says.
1. Squat and sneeze
Did you know that the ancient Greeks were convinced that the “squatting and sneezing” movement was a foolproof method of contraception. They assumed that jumping and sitting directly after an intimate relationship would prevent sperm from entering the uterus, with a little sneezing to support the squatting technique.
2. The testicles of a weasel
During the dark ages of Europe someone, probably a professional magician, successfully convinced pretty much everyone that using a weasel’s testicles tied to the leg would prevent an unwanted pregnancy.
3. Mourning water
It is the water that the blacksmith uses to cool his tools, and the ancient Greeks used it, and in fact it worked somewhat, because the mourning water is full of lead. But there were other possible side effects such as nausea and kidney failure as well as coma and death, and surprisingly, a version of this technique was still in use in later times until World War I.
4. Alligator dung
The ancient Egyptians recorded that there would be no pregnancy if you could create some kind of barrier, it was an illuminating moment for humanity, and it was almost immediately extinguished when he proposed the creation of the barrier concerned with honey and crocodile dung, and this is actually the loose concept of a barrier that is still a method of contraception. Commonly used today.
5. Testicles tea
In the sixteenth century, the Canadians were grinding the beaver’s testicles, turning them into a fine powder, which they added to the wine, and they drank this mixture, which bore the name of testicular tea, to prevent pregnancy.
6. Animal intestine
Or in other words, the original condoms, and one of the oldest condoms ever recorded, are made from pig intestines, and it even comes with a (easy-to-use) guide that suggests soaking it in warm milk before use.
7. Casanova Lemon
It is alleged that Casanova (the famous Feminist) was a huge fan of this method. This method includes half a lemon, emptied from the pulp as the skin acts as a cervical cap and the acidic juice as a powerful spermicide, so it has already done something.
Since about 900 BC, Chinese birth control experts advised women to swallow 16 baby frogs fried in mercury right after an intimate relationship. Like blacksmith’s water, which works effectively as a poison, this method has left many infertile, damaged liver, kidneys and other major organs, as well as death.
The ancient inhabitants of Sumatra discovered that the opium poppy was much more than just a flower. The plant pod was used as a barrier during intercourse, and the effectiveness of this method is largely unknown.
10. Coca-Cola bath
Only about 60 years ago, Coca-Cola was used as a method of contraception. Women used to shower Coca-Cola, and it was believed that sugar would trigger sperm.