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05 October 2012

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The history of contraception includes some fun and scary moments. Anyone for crocodile dung?

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The history of contraception includes some fun and scary moments. Anyone for crocodile dung? (Apparently it was used as a spermicide by the ancient Egyptians.) By the 18th century, Casanova was using hollow lemon halves. (Placed over the cervix to block sperm and create an acidic environment.) Condoms were once made out of scented sheep’s intestines.

Luckily for us, contraceptives have developed since then, and modern condoms are easy to use, highly effective, and best of all, not made from the intestines of farm animals. Carrying a condom around with you might seem a bit too hopeful, but it’s a better option than driving around at midnight with a willing partner, looking for an open all-night store. Just be aware that wallets and cubby-holes don’t provide good long-term storage for condoms, as they should not be exposed to heat.

Latex condoms suit most people, and if you’re allergic, there are other options – talk to your friendly pharmacist. Other contraceptive options such as the Pill, IUDs, diaphragms and injections are also freely available to make family planning as much a part of your sex life as your favourite make-out music.

(Health24, October 2012)

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