8 Birth Control Methods Of The Distant Past

2. Diaphragms

These are substances and objects that women would shove inside their Love Caves to block sperm from reaching the cervix. Easily the most distasteful of all was an ancient Egyptian method of mixing crocodile dung with honey, rolling it into a ball or mixing it into a paste, placing it inside the womb, and expecting their male partner to achieve an erection despite the stench. The ancient Egyptians were also alleged to have used “sea sponges drenched in lemon juice and vinegar,” which, however repulsive it may be, is still better than crocodile shit.

African women supposedly employed things ranging from vegetable pods, grass plugs, and crushed roots as makeshift diaphragms. In certain Asian countries, bamboo, moss, and seaweed were the items of choice. Greeks would use half a scooped-out pomegranate as an improvised cervical cap.

Due to their high acidity, lemons were often used as diaphragm-like devices. Legendary lover Casanova was said to have a habit of placing a half-lemon inside his paramours’ coochies as a sperm-blocker.

As recently as the 1930s, women allegedly used wooden blocks to, er, block sperm from reaching the cervix. At some unspecified point they came to their senses and realized it hurt like hell.