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The A/E apparently had one of the most effective birth controls. In the book "ancient inventions", page 186-7, (don't hold me to this, I lost my biblio card), "...the Ebers Papyrus, which dates from about 1525 B.C., gave the following method:

* To make a woman not become pregnant for one year, two years or three years, <b>Acacia leaves are ground with honey, lint is moistened therewith and placed in her vulva."</b> Such tampons would have functioned as contraceptive since Acacia gum contains lactic acid, a highly effective spermicide."
(I wonder if this would work? Can one get a patent?)

* According to Soranus of Ephesus, First Century A.D., "Conception is prevented by smearing the orifice of the uterus all over with old olive oil, honey, cedar resign of the Balsam Tree, alone or together with white lead." Lead??? Wouldn't that give lead poisoning? And why <i>old olive oil?</i>

* "Men washing with vinegar or brine before intercourse serve as spermicide." Fellas, what daya think??? The pill, or this?

* "In the 4th Century B.C. the great philosopher Aristotle noted that women of his time who did not wish to conceive would 'annoint that part of the woman on which the seed falls with oil of Cedar, ointment of Lead, or frankincense covering with olive oil." Now, where is that contraceptive pill for men?

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