Chapter 13, Contraception: History and Method Considerations, Review Questions, Exercise 1
Explain what we know about contraception in ancient times.
The regulation of fertility has been a goal since time immemorial. Some of the ways in which this was done are described below:
In Nation G during ancient times, people attempted to use natural foliage and herbs, superstitious beliefs, and sorcery for controlling fertility.
Implantation of a device that would capture the sperm upon its entrance was practiced too. Some ingenious ways in which this was done were the use of vacant pomegranate shells in Nation G, coverings or pods of seeds of different vegetations in SA, sponges drenched in ethanol in the Nation I, and a cervical plug fashioned out of blades of grass in Continent A.
In Country E, methods that now seem even more strange were employed, such as decontamination of the female genitals. The excrement of crocodiles, honey, and acidulated milk was also used for the same purpose. Implantation of a tampon-like object dipped in herbal mixtures and honey inside the female genitalia was also practiced.