It has not always been a world of birth control pills and condoms. In fact, there was a time when wooden blocks, elephant dung, and mercury prevailed. Take ancient China for instance: ladies who were feeling a little randy would take a nice drink of fresh mercury to avoid getting pregnant (do not try this at home). The Middle Ages came up with the brilliant idea of having women insert wooden blocks before intercourse, but then realized that hey, that’s kind of torture.
However, it wasn’t all failed attempts. The contraceptives used through the ages became a pathway to the ideas behind most of the contraceptives today — minus that little 1950s mishap of douching with Coca-Cola…
Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman), follow up fill-in journal My Prudent Advice, and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.
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