Kelley asked in Social ScienceAnthropology · 2 months ago

Does the lemon/croc poop form of birth control used by ancient Egyptian women work on a scientific basis,and not just a smell/visual one?

1 Answer

  • 1 month ago

    The oldest official information regarding contraception comes from the medical records of the Egyptian Kahun Gynaecological Papyrus. This 4000-year-old document records that women used crocodile dung and honey as pessaries for birth control.

    It's not quite as strange as it sounds: honey is anti-bacterial so if there are any bugs in the crocodile dung, the honey is likely to guard against infection. Also, the acidic properties of the dung itself would act as a pretty good spermicide.

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