Over the years, around the world, people have come up with all sorts of methods to try to prevent pregnancy.
People have relied on all sorts of terrible, terrifying, gross and just plain stupid things that they have believed to be contraceptives.
Here are some of the worst ones ever… don’t try these at home.
1. Crocodile poop
Archaeologists have found evidence that ancient Egyptians used pessaries (objects or concoctions that are inserted into the vagina) made of crocodile dung, honey and sodium carbonate to block sperm. The properties of crocodile dung are slightly alkaline, like spermicides we use today, so it might have actually worked. But poo in the vag is a major hygiene and health issue in itself.
I’m not sure how widespread potato contraceptive usage is, but in 2014, a woman in Colombia who inserted one in her vag believing it would stop pregnancy ended up in hospital when the vegetable germinated and grew roots inside of her.
3. Wolf urine
In the Middle Ages, it was believed if a woman went outside after sex and took a wee where a she-wolf had previously also taken a wee, she could avoid pregnancy.