Before the latex condoms, the hormonal birth control pill, and other safe and effective forms of contraception became legal and commonplace in the 20th century, women relied on many folk remedies to prevent pregnancy. Many of these were actual herbal abortifacients, but some others were pure superstition.
This video by Engender Health, for World Contraception Day, is an amusing review of some of the stranger attempts at birth control through the ages. But it ends with a very serious message:
The “Where’s The Family Planning” (WTFP) campaign promotes family planning services that are safe, effective, and affordable—even in resource-poor settings.
From the YouTube link: We are passionate about putting the power of family planning into women’s hands worldwide, because when women thrive, so do their families and communities. When women have access to health care and family planning, they tend to go further in their education, earn more, and have healthier children.
Plus, the beavers get to keep their testicles.