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10 Crazy Contraceptives from History
Humans have been searching for ways to prevent pregnancy as long as they've been having sex. Some have been effective, some have been nonsense and some have been downright dangerous. Read more »
Author's Note: 10 Completely Wrong Ways to Use a Condom

This article got its start as a misheard word during a meeting – we were really talking about wrong ways to use commas – and it became a running joke. But after hearing a listener ask about wrong ways to use condoms during Dan Savage's "Savage Love" podcast, I realized that "How do you use a condom wrong?" is a legitimate question people are asking. I'm always up for a frank conversation about contraception, and our readers seem to enjoy our articles about the wrong, silly and stupid. It also helped that I'd previously written How Condoms Work.

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