Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Rapanui seaweed and algae as vaginal suppositories

A history of contraception
What do elephant dung, sheep innards and wild yams have in common? Long before the time of multicoloured condoms and "morning-after" pills, these items were once used by couples who wanted to prevent pregnancy.
Mandy Lo
The Varsity Online
Issue date: 2/12/07

Women in ancient times ingeniously used materials native to their habitat-crushed roots from Western Africa, bamboo tissue from Japan, seaweed and algae from the coast of Easter Island-as vaginal suppositories to physically block the entry of sperm.

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