• Give a Gift
  • Customer Service
  • Promotions
  • Videos
  • Blogs
  • Win
  • Games

April 9, 2000

Fun Facts You Didn't Know About Ancient Birth Control

Birth Control Through The Ages…

Share
Special Offer

Wonder How She Got Him to Wear It:
A French cave painting from 10,000 B.C. shows a man wearing a condom during intercourse.

Early Birth Control:
Egyptian women inserted the tips of an acacia shrub (plus dates, cotton, and honey). Body temperature fermented it into an ingredient now found in spermicides.

And We Complain About Latex?
A brew of alcohol and dried beaver testicle was used to prevent pregnancy during the 1700s.

Commandeered Caps:
During WWII, a British company made cervical caps from rubber originally destined for hotel flooring.

The Yesterday Sponge:
Women in Constantinople reportedly used a sponge dipped in lemon juice as a form of birth control.

SOURCE FOR FACTOIDS: THE CONTRACEPTIVE MUSEUM, CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY (EGYPT, CONSTANTINOPLE, PREGNANCY IN 1700S); WOMEN’S HEALTH CARE, A PRACTICAL JOURNAL FOR NURSE PRACTITIONERS (CONDOMS). TUBES: INSADCO PHOTOGRAPHY/ALAMY


Share
This Is A Developing Story
Connect with Marie Claire:
Advertisement
horoscopes
daily giveaway
One (1) winner will receive a year’s supply of makeup products from Smashbox (ARV: $314) and a year’s supply of hair products from Herbal Essences (ARV: $104), as selected by the Sponsor.

One (1) winner will receive a year’s supply of makeup products from Smashbox (ARV: $314) and a year’s supply of hair products from Herbal Essences (ARV: $104), as selected by the Sponsor.

enter now
You Know You Want More
More From Relationship Advice
How One Woman Toured Eastern Europe Using Tinder

I wanted the insider info I wouldn't get from a tour guide.

At What Age Do Guys Think They Should Get Engaged?

Our guy expert polled a wide variety of men, ages 21-35, and discovered at what age they think they ought to get engaged. Here’s what he found out.

5 First Date Ideas for People Who Don't Drink

Who says you need alcohol to have a great first impression?

post a comment

Special Offer
Link Your Marie Claire Account to Facebook
Welcome!

Marie Claire already has an account with this email address. Link your account to use Facebook to sign in to Marie Claire. To insure we protect your account, please fill in your password below.

Forgot Password?

Thanks for Joining

Your information has been saved and an account has been created for you giving you full access to everything marieclaire.com and Hearst Digital Media Network have to offer. To change your username and/or password or complete your profile, click here.

Continue
Your accounts are now linked

You now have full access to everything Marie Claire and Hearst Digital Media Network have to offer. To change your settings or profile, click here.

Continue