People have long understood that intimate affinity, so pleasant, has its own payment – pregnancy. In pursuit of pleasure, people began to come up with contraceptives. The first condom appeared another three thousand years, but only recently people finally recognized it as the simplest and most effective protection tool.
And in antiquity, they just did not invent to protect themselves from pregnancy. The methods used were not just unscientific, but often even dangerous for health. About the most unusual, strange and unexpected contraceptives and the story will go. Crocodile excrement.
Our ancestors had to find ways to solve their problems on the basis of trial and error. It touched on contraception. In the documents of Ancient Egypt as early as 1850 BC. there is information about how to protect yourself. To do this, it was proposed to mix the crocodile excrement with bee honey and sodium carbonate. The proposed mixture was offered to women to inject themselves into the vagina. Strangely enough, modern science believes that this had its own meaning. Cal crocodile has an alkaline basis, showing spermicidal properties. Yes, and a dense spool, located in the female vagina in itself was a barrier to sperm.
Tampon of dates, honey and acacia.
And this recipe came from ancient Egypt. On the famous papyrus of Ebers, dating back to 1550 BC, there is a special instruction for women. They are offered to make a contraceptive on the basis of dates, honey and dried acacia juice. This mixture was impregnated with a piece of wool. And although there was no sense in honey and dates, acacia juice, as confirmed by modern scientists, contains lactic acid anhydride. This substance has a harmful effect on spermatozoa. That’s just such a remedy caused itching and irritation, so that the variation was a tampon soaked in donkey milk. The remains of such first contraceptives were found in ancient Egyptian burials.
Today we are eschewing this poisonous liquid metal, and in fact it was once considered a contraceptive. About a thousand years ago, mercury and lead were accepted by Chinese concubines who did not want to become pregnant. Only now they did not know that such toxic substances can also cause kidney failure, brain edema and death.
Indian uterine rings.
Their contraceptives were invented in ancient India. There, women two thousand years ago began to put themselves intrauterine rings from ordinary table salt, soaked in vegetable oil. Another basis was a mixture of melted milk, honey and manure of an elephant.
Ancient Greece also used very unusual means, but not more effective. Famous ancient physician Soran of Ephesus even described in detail the contraceptives invented by him. Of garnets and ginger, he advised making vaginal candles. And although this advice of the doctor was not glorified, he still made an invaluable contribution to the development of obstetrics and gynecology.
The same Dr. Soran did not limit his vision of the problem to candles alone. According to the Greek, prevent pregnancy could be with the help of special gymnastics, which had to be performed or immediately after sexual intercourse or with a delay in menstruation. The doctor, in fact, came up with postcoital contraception, although there was no mention of effectiveness. Soran recommended that the Greek immediately after the sexual act squat and sneeze at the same time. In his opinion, a sharp tension of the abdominal muscles will help get rid of unwanted fluids inside the body. However, if the woman did not do this and a month later realized that she was pregnant, she should have jumped in place exactly seven times.
Eggs of affection.
In the Middle Ages, science knew little about ways to prevent pregnancy. Not surprisingly, people relied on myths, rumors and legends in this matter.It was said that to protect against pregnancy, a woman should tie the testicles of a male petting, as well as his bones, to the inner surface of her thighs. A necklace from the genital glands of the same beast was also popular.
Tincture from the testicles of the beaver.
In the 16th century, Canadian women used a rather unusual method of contraception. They used a special tincture, which was based on eggs of the beaver soaked in concentrated alcohol. That’s just so there was no written evidence of the effectiveness of such a tool.
The intestines of animals.
Once it was popular to make condoms out of the entrails of animals. Pig intestines were the best for this. Old instructions even described in detail that a condom should be placed in warm milk before use to make the contraceptive soft and elastic. According to the legend, the first condom was invented by King Minos, the son of Zeus and Europe. Because of his curse, he emitted snakes and scorpions during sex. Then the priestess Prokrid advised him to put on the bladder of the goat to protect the mistresses, putting it on the sexual organ. Blacksmith’s water.
This technique was used in the second century. It was invented by the same gynecologist Soran. He recommended that his patients drink that water in which the smiths cooled the hot metal. This method can not be considered effective from the point of view of modern medicine, because in addition it was possible to poison with heavy metals and generally die.
Ancient peoples living in the territory of modern Sumatra, used as a protective natural contraceptive-diaphragm poppy heads.
Coke and other drinks.
For a long time already women have understood, that washing helps to protect from pregnancy. In antiquity for this, sea water, vinegar, lemon juice and other acidic and corrosive liquids were used. The first inhabitants of America used for this purpose steam. Already in our time there was an unusual contraceptive – Coca-Cola. In the 1950s and 1960s, women were tempted by it, because other ways to control fertility were still not widely available. Already in 2008, this idea was suddenly interested in scientists. Coca-Cola as a spermicide even won the 2008 Noble Prize. In Harvard, an experiment was conducted, mixing four different types of carbonated beverage with sperm. The scientists found that dietary coca-cola killed all spermatozoa in a minute, but the new Coke retained 41 percent of the sex cells. Only here other scientists could not reproduce this experience.
In the 18th century, it was fashionable to use lemon circles for birth control. And this was the point – the acid of this citrus killed sperm. Only now the lemon juice with the same success corroded and the tissue of the vagina, which is clearly not the best choice in modern conditions. The use of lemon as a protective agent, described in the Talmud. Jewish women moistened the sponge with juice and injected into the vagina.
Seeds of wild carrots.
This protective device was called “lace of Anna”. Hippocrates also wrote that carrots have contraceptive properties. Ancient doctors recommended taking carrot seeds inside, but not later than eight hours after sex. And in the preventive purposes there are seeds it is not necessary – they will cause only upset stomach. The method is not only that with unproven efficiency, so also dangerous. The fact is that there are a couple of poisonous plants that look very much like wild carrots.
But this contraceptive is harmless. In some hot countries, it was thought that women could be helped by the papaya’s underserved fruit. And the ripened fruits lost their necessary characteristics. It was believed that it is also good for men to have an unripened papaya, because then the production of spermatozoa was weakened.And all the charm of such protection is that after the end of the reception of the natural remedy the reproductive function was soon restored.