10 Crazy Contraceptives from History


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Author's Note: 10 Crazy Contraceptives From History

One of my favorite moments researching these crazy contraceptives wasn't the rabbit anuses, the mercury drinking or the opium diaphragms (none of which actually made it into the article, but are still just as crazy as the ones that did). Nor was it the horrifying realization that women once douched with Lysol, and that some continue to douche with Diet Coke. It was about silphium, the plant the ancient Greeks and Romans used -- and used up -- as birth control. Specifically the idea that silphium seeds were heart-shaped, and may be the reason we associate the heart-shaped symbol with love still today.

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