Old Methods of Birth Control

In class today we discussed the moment when Cat says that she “took everything” that she was supposed to in order to prevent the pregnancy. Birth control pills wouldn’t have been available in this time period, so I did a quick search on traditional methods of birth control.


The above is an article on the history of condoms and sponges, which would have been methods FH and Cat could have used to prevent the baby. The article says the first rubber condom was invented in 1855. Perhaps condoms were not accessible in the country or place, and they never used them.

10 Ancient Methods of Birth Control

This one is an article on different plant solutions to preventing unwanted pregnancies. I don’t know how effective any of them are, but they may have been solutions Cat was familiar with and took during the beginning of their relationship.


1 thought on “Old Methods of Birth Control

  1. I am currently in Psychology of Human Sexuality and we talked about the history of condoms and birth control along with when condoms and birth control were available to the general public. Most of the time condoms and birth control were not available to unmarried couples, and abortion was illegal for both married and unmarried couples in the US until like the 1960’s-1970’s, but this varies depending on the country. It is both sad and interesting to see what technology was used back then and how far we have come. Also, I could not imagine using a sponge as a type of contraception…that just seems uncomfortable.

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