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IN History & Culture ON 15 Jul, 2015
When we think about the ancient past, we end up thinking that their lives were thoughtless, and they didn't have any control over their bodies and personal situations, Well, that's not true. They had tools that controlled their lives. These creative tools involved herbs, plentiful food ingredients, and animal parts that were used for birth control by them.
Ancient people had strange ideas when it came to medicine. One of the unusual method people adapted for birth control was that a woman has to go outside after sex and pee where a she-wolf had already peed.
People of ancient China invented their own unique method of birth control. For preventing pregnancy, they had a mixture of oil and mercury. Women had to drink the mixture empty stomach to avoid unwanted pregnancies.
In ancient Greece, olive oil mixed with cedar oil was used to prevent unwanted pregnancies. It was discovered early that olive oil decreases sperm's mobility. The mixture was used as an ointment.
Before having sex, ancient people used to coat their cervix with honey. It was the perfect form of birth control adopted in ancient Egypt. The honey form a barrier over the cervix to prevent sperm from entering in. Ancient Egyptian women also added some ingredients to the honey to protect them from pregnancy, like natural sodium carbonate. In the modern world, honey is used for birth control and is called the Honey Cap.
There was an ancient method of soaking a natural sea sponge in vinegar and inserting it into the vagina to prevent pregnancy. This method was used basically for three purposes, to protect a girl who was too young to survive a pregnancy, during pregnancy to prevent the risk of fertilizing a second ovum , and to avoid pregnancy while the mother was nursing. Today also, People have many beliefs about vinegar and birth control. It is a fact that the vinegar can kill the sperm and prevent pregnancy.
Queen Anne's lace is a kind of weed. It was almost harvested plentiful in the fourth and third centuries BC, now it is relatively rare. It is also known as wild carrot and was eaten for birth control immediately after having sex. This method of birth control has survived up in modern times, but it is neither foolproof nor safe.
Tampons is not a recent invention. Like condoms, it has been used around for thousands of years in all parts of the world. Commonly, it is used for catching the menstrual blood. Tampons were used as a form of birth control as well. In ancient Egypt, they were soaked in natural fruit juices to block sperm.
In the early 1900s, Lysol was advertised as a remedy for the "intimate neglect". It was said that it is a safe way to control women fertility and feminine hygiene. When Lysol was used in large quantities, it caused inflammation and burning inside the vagina.
Citric acid has spermicidal properties. Women soaked sponges in lemon juice before inserting them into the vagina. Ancient Jewish communities preferred this method for birth control. The sponge itself acts like a physical barrier between the sperm and the cervix.
Blue cohosh was used for birth control by Native Americans. It contains two abortifacient substances, one mimics oxytocin and second caulosaponin. And it largely helps in birth control.