Top 10 Craziest Things Women Once Used As Birth Control

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There are many effective methods of birth control these days — so many, in fact, that we can’t watch TV without seeing ads for two different types in any given hour. 

And now the spray-on condom is on its way to change the way you have sex forever.

Contraceptives have come a long way, but what did the women of yesteryear do when they needed (or wanted) to avoid pregnancy? 

From using crocodile poop “pessaries” to Brewed Tea With Beaver Testicles, history’s come up with some pretty odd birth control methods — but these are the Top 10 weirdest.

10. Cotton

This one took some work. As cited in an ancient medical manuscript dating back to 1550 B.C., women were told to grind dates, acacia tree bark and honey together into a paste and apply the mixture to seed wool, which would be inserted vaginally.

The acacia in the cotton fermented into lactic acid, which has spermicidal properties, and the wool served as a physical barrier blocking insemination. These proto-diaphragms were buried with women so they wouldn’t get pregnant in the afterlife either.

9. Flushing

Lots of women throughout history thought the answer to pregnancy was flushing it all away. 

Native American women tried steaming sperm out using a special kettle; others have tried seawater, vinegar, lemon juice and other acidic liquids.

As we all know, spermicide isn’t effective at stopping pregnancy once the seed is already inside the vagina, so steaming it never stood a chance.

8. Lemons

This method dates back to the Talmud. Women would soak sponges in lemon juice before inserting them into the vagina. The idea was that citric acid’s spermicidal properties would prevent impregnation.

Famous Lothario Casanova allegedly inserted the rinds of lemons in his lovers as a method of preventing little Casanovas.

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