Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Contraception - a historical look

Was at 7-eleven when i saw them selling vibrating condoms over the counter... contraceptives with more functions than merely preventing pregnancy... heh. =p =p

Well, it gave me an idea for today's post! Let's look at how far into history did contraceptives went... heh. (no. me not gonna find out how that thing i saw in 7 eleven works... u smart pple can find out urselves.. i'm sure.)

here's wat i've found:

Contraception can trace its roots all the way back to the Bible. In the Book of Genesis (38:9), Onan practices coitus interruptus: "And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother's wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother."

Probably da first spermicide: According to an ancient medical manuscript called the Ebers Papyrus (1550 BC), women were advised to grind together dates, acacia (a tree bark), and a touch of honey into a moist paste, dip seed wool into the sweet gel and place it in the vulva. As primitive as this sugary mix appears, it was usually effective. Acacia eventually ferments into lactic acid, a well known spermicide.

Condoms: early Egyptian "penis protectors" are made of various animal membranes. the fine linen versions are favored by Casanova. And for the very amorous King Charles II, the cloth style is said to have been introduced by Dr. Condom, his physician.

Oral contraceptives: the availability and use of oral contraception also stretches back to biblical times and further. Over 4,000 years ago, women in China drank mercury to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Centuries later, women in India imbibed carrot seeds. In North America, women in New Brunswick made a kind of white lightening brewed with dried beaver testicles.

Yap. So there. Curiosity met. Back to work.

3 Comments:

Blogger s w said...

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11:44 PM, May 05, 2005

 
Blogger s w said...

mm, sorry bout that. i deleted that post. here's what i wanted to say:

oooo. i missed out that part in the bible..

plus, there's other interesting stuff in there too, about Onan. omg the bible is really interesting. (pun not intended.)

http://www.rtforum.org/lt/lt67.html

read about how he chose not to spill his seed and pissed God off...

didn't really read through the whole article though, sorry if it's too 'holier than thou' =p
thought the subject topic was too interesting to let it pass ^^

ps. mercury?!?!?! who the hell drinks mercury and survives it??? amazing!

11:46 PM, May 05, 2005

 
Blogger xae said...

Hah thanks for the article!

It's very Looooong. hehehe. gave up reading halfway. maybe when i not studying then i go read. hehehe.

Anyway... yah lor mercury leh. poor women. at least carrot seed isnt that bad...

10:13 AM, May 06, 2005

 

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