I read an article in the New York Times about current statistics involving birth control among women. Very interesting little article! It got me thinking about birth control through the ages.
Luckily, today we have many varieties of contraception to choose from, pills, an IUD, condoms, etc. And generally, thankfully, these methods are neither sticky nor stinky. The exception being a poorly-made, lubricated, fruity-flavored condom.
In the past, however, women were not so lucky. Items that used to be used as contraception included sheep’s intestines, honey, herbs, lemon juice, onion juice, etc.* Could you imagine a scenario?
“Honey, I love you, but I’m just not sure it would be a good idea to get pregnant right now. Hold on a second while I pour onion juice on you.”
Oh yeah. Sexy. It’s probably a good thing that most historical fiction conveniently leaves out pregnancy prevention.
I just want to say: Thank you, modern science!
*I apologize for my lack of evidence here, I’m taking these from notes in a Women’s History class I took in college. Yes, I kept the notes from my classes. However, here is an an article and a wiki page for your reading pleasure.