Birth control and I have never really gotten along. A combo of the weird way the hormones play in my body and the fact that I can’t take any with estrogen due to having Factor V Leiden – we are not ‘friends’. Back in June the husband and I decided to stop hormonal birth control and rely on non-hormonal barriers to pregnancy until we figure out this whole ‘how big should our family be’ thing. I have an allergy to latex, so condoms are out (yes I know we can get latex free ones but they are pricey!) so we had to come up with some other ideas. Currently we are using the family planning method – tracking my cycle with temperatures and all that.
While researching, I came across some hugely strange things that were used as a method for contraception - Click through for 15 of the craziest methods of birth control I’ve found:
Squat and Sneeze 1 of 15Way back in ancient Greece times, Soranus - a physician - recommended women squatted and sneezed after intercourse to prevent pregnancy.
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Hare Anus 2 of 15In the middle ages amultes were worn including one made with hare anus which was thought to prevent pregnancy.
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Beaver Testicle 3 of 15Mixed with alcohol, beaver testicles were ground into a fine powder and would be consumed to prevent pregnancy.
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Honey 4 of 15The thought behind using honey was that if placed within the vagina it would change the acidity and prevent pregnancy. Sounds like the perfect way to get a yeast infection to me.
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Cola Douche 5 of 15I died laughing with this one - who thinks of this stuff? Coke products used as the cleaning agent in a douche was recommend to help prevent pregnancy. Used after sex, it was thought that the combination of sugar and carbonation would prevent pregnancy.
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Wild Carrots and Lace 6 of 15A combination of wild carrots and lace was said to be prescribed by Hippocrates to Queen Anne back in ancient Greece.
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Animal Membrane 7 of 15Ever wondered what old condoms looked like? Apparently using the membranes of animal intestines men would slide them on just as you would a condom.
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Crocodile Poo 8 of 15Talk about disgusting - crocodile poop was mixed into a paste and then placed inside the vagina to prevent pregnancy.
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Mercury 9 of 15Could be a big reason for so many deaths do to mercury poisoning - women would take it thinking it was great at preventing pregnancy.
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Lemon 10 of 15An old time use as a diaphragm in the 1700's, women would cut these in half and place inside the vagina before intercourse. The acidity would kill the sperm and like a traditional diaphragm the lemon would cup and protect the cervix.
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Silphium 11 of 15Over 6,000 years ago a plant called Silphium, which is now extinct, was ground up and used as an oral contraception pill.
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Blacksmith Water 12 of 15Dating way back to ancient Greece and said to be in practice for over 1000 years, women would drink the water blacksmiths used in making coal - causing a lot of lead poising but thought to prevent pregnancy.
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Wood Blocks 13 of 15in the 1920's women would place blocks of wood into their vagina before intercourse to be used as a barrier method to prevent pregnancy, ouch!
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Opium 14 of 15Oh another crazy idea - before intercourse women would stuff themselves up (like a diaphragm) with the flowers of the opium plant. SCARY!
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Gold and Silver 15 of 15Cervical caps were used - similar to the shape of a sewing thimble - made up from silver and gold.
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