It is commonly thought that at one point in history, women believed their menstrual cycles corresponded with the phases of the moon, with ovulation occurring at the full moon and menstruation beginning with the new moon. If this method was truly used, its effectiveness is certainly questionable. However, there are some well-documented examples of birth control methods used in ancient times to help women exert some control over their bodies.
- Lemons– According to the Talmud, the preferred method of birth control in Jewish communities was a crude version of what we now know as the sponge. Because citric acid has spermicidal properties, women would soak sponges in lemon juice and insert them in the vagina to act as a simultaneous barrier against and killer of sperm. Additionally, the rind of half a lemon was used to act as what we know today as a diaphragm. Women were also observed douching with lemon and lime juice after sex.
- Cotton– A 1550 BCE medical manuscript called the Ebers Papyrus shows that physicians advised women to grind acacia tree bark, dates, and honey together, apply the resulting paste to seed wool, and insert it vaginally. In addition to the wool forming a barrier against sperm, the acacia would ferment into lactic acid, which is known as a spermicide.
- Papaya– Because unripe papaya contains phytochemicals that interfere with progesterone levels, it was used to prevent and terminate pregnancies in parts of Asia. Additionally, when taken daily, papaya seeds served as a natural and safe form of male birth control, cutting sperm count to zero.
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