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The History of Birth Control I was interested in finding out what they used for birth control in Colonial times I found this topic to be very interesting since theres usually no such mention of it in textbooks Before I started looking for information I thought that the only thing I would find is that the only birth control they used was abstinences but when I began searching I found that their culture was very quite about sex issues but they had many of the issues that we have today from sexually transmitted diseases and even unwanted bastard children Birth control has been traced as far back as 1000 BC in ancient Egypt where the first condoms can be traced back to Although they did not know that this would prevent them from becoming pregnant they thought that it was just a protection against disease In colonial America there were all kinds of what they considered birth control ranging from condoms made from animal intestine withdrawal by the male douching condoms and the rhythm method just to name a few Although the culture did not talk about sex and birth control in the 19th century recipes in womens books for vinegar douches they recommended it be applied to the penis rather than used as a douche In the 18th and 19th centuries infanticide and abortion were considered a form of birth control Aside from internal abortifacients women have attempted external methods such as server exercise heavy lifting and hot baths but if these didnt work they always could use one of the methods the Jewish immigrants had brought over with them which was sitting over a pot of hot stewed onions while they were cooking In the 1870s the New York Times estimated there were 200 full time abortionist in New York During the 1800s newspapers ads were plentiful including the Portuguese Female Pill not to be used during pregnancy for
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