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Weird "Birth Control" Methods from Around the World

Updated 15 Jun 2019 12.7k votes 2.2k voters 272.1k views20 items

As long as humans have been having children, they've been taking steps to prevent having children. Long before mass-production of condoms and scientific research propelled us towards more effective permanent methods of birth control, ancient cultures were using whatever they had available to prevent pregnancy. And we're willing to bet that some types of birth control on this list will come as a surprise to you. 

Some of these birth control methods actually worked, due to scientific concepts that wouldn't have been well-understood at the time. Others were truly horrific, causing injury or death if not used correctly. Everything from crocodile poop and sheep guts to drinking lead and shoving various items up where items shouldn't get shoved was tried by Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and the people of Asia back in the day. Even now, ancient compounds and herbs are used by alternative medicine practitioners, with little scientific research to support their efficacy.

Here are some of the strangest, grossest and dumbest birth control methods from Ancient Mesopatamia until now. Vote up the methods you think are the most outrageous! And please, take these methods with a grain of salt and don't try them at home! 
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