People have always wanted to have sex but in the days before the Pill and condoms, if they didn't want to fall pregnant they had to get creative...
1. Crocodile poo
Back in Ancient Egypt women inserted pessaries made from crocodile dung into their vaginas to prevent pregnancy. Weirdly enough, it may have been effective as the reptile dung has alkaline qualities which would make it spermicidal. Not that we’re tempted to give it a try…
Legendary ladies man Casanova is credited for promoting the use of half a lemon as a primitive cervical cap in the 18th Century. Lemon douches were also used by women after sex. We can’t help thinking that would sting.
3. Dried cat liver
In Ancient Rome women were encouraged to prevent unwanted pregnancy by wearing a pouch containing the dried liver of a cat around their ankle. But it only worked if tied around their left ankle. Obviously.
4. Spitting at frogs
Another bonkers Roman technique was for women to spit into a frog’s mouth three times if she didn’t want to conceive. You’d have to have pretty good aim to gob at it three times before it hopped off! What a load of rrrrrubbish!
4. Weasel testicles
In Medieval times it was believed you couldn’t get up the duff if you wore a weasel’s wotnots round you neck like an amulet during intercourse. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t work. But not many lady weasels were getting pregnant during the craze.
6. Goat bladders
The first record of a condom was in 3000 B.C. where legends say King Minos of Crete, is said to have used goat bladders for safer sex. Baaarmy! By the 1700s technology had developed and folk were using animal intestines.
7. Drinking mercury
In Ancient China women were advised drinking liquid mercury would prevent pregnancy. Which is kind of true. The poisonous metal would lead to organ failure and you can’t have a baby when you’re dead.