7 Weird Contraception Techniques from Back in the Day …


Whatever your feelings about birth control, contraception has actually been around for a really long time. Even back in the bygone BC days, women came up with forms of birth control – and they were weird. After coming across a couple of examples, I just couldn't pass up the chance to share them with y'all. I mean, it's history, you know – we're totally going to learn something new together! Because I've always been interested in science and medical history especially, this really appeals to me. I hope you, too, will enjoy taking a look at some extremely weird contraception techniques from back in the day.

1. Strychnine, Arsenic, and Mercury

You can tell, right way, that this is not going to end well. This should not only be at the top of the list of weird contraception techniques from back in the day; it should be at the top of the deadliest as well. Popularized in ancient China, this method was evidently used by, ah, women of the night, who drank the poisonous concoction, because it actually made pregnancy impossible. Typically, however, it also made sanity impossible. And living, that wasn't usually possible either. But hey, that was how they rolled in 51 BC.

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