by Jennifer McKinley | Natural News
Throughout history women have found many interesting ways to practice birth control. There is evidence of women in ancient Rome tying a pouch around their left foot that contained a cat’s liver in the belief that it would prevent pregnancy.
Some would spit in the mouth of a frog three times in hopes of the same outcome.
There is evidence that Egyptian women may have used substances such as crocodile dung to prevent pregnancy. As strange as it may sound, they never gave a second thought to using such substances. Where and how it was used will be left to the imagination.
Egyptian women may have actually been onto something. As early as 1850 BC, ancient Egyptians were responsible for using the infamous dung in conjunction with the female irrigating her vagina with a mixture of honey and sodium bicarbonate. The Ancient Egyptians also soaked cotton with lactic acid anhydride (LAA) and inserted it into the vaginal canal. LAA is a chief ingredient in modern contraceptive jellies.
According to an ancient manuscript called Ebers Papyrus, 1550 BC, it was common to combine dates, acacia bark and honey into a paste and place it in the vulva. Although it may sound archaic today, this method was often effective because as the sugar fermented it was converted into lactic acid, a well-known spermicide. They obviously were on the right track.
Today is really no different. The only difference is that science has introduced chemical hormones to trick our bodies into believing that we are pregnant constantly to prevent pregnancy, not to mention the other methods that seem to be emanating like neon signs from nearly every OBGYN clinic.
We will discuss some of the medical options for women and men. Later we will look at some natural approaches for both sexes as well.
Introduced in the 1960′s, the pill has been one of the most widely used contraceptives in the world. It is estimated that over 100 million women worldwide are currently on the pill.
There are many brands, types, and dosages of birth control pills. There is even one now touting that you can have “only four periods a year.”
While many women find the pill convenient for birth control, there are health risks and factors that must be considered when making the decision to begin a birth control pill regimen.