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Monday, December 22, 2014

Old Wives’ Tales of Contraception

Posted by William on June 13, 2012

Men and women of many civilizations practiced birth control of one kind or another throughout the centuries, according to Joseph Feldman, director of education and counseling at Planned Parenthood of Central and Northern Arizona in Phoenix.

In ancient Egypt, women used a paste made of alligator dung as a spermicide.
The Romans used olive oil and ultimately invented the lambskin condom.

Women in the United States bought various lotions and potions that purported to prevent pregnancy.

Even today, the use of Coca-Cola as a sperm-neutralizing douche is a popular practice among South American women.

Through education and exposure, these myths and misconceptions can be replaced by methods that offer effective birth control and disease prevention, experts say.

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