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An exhibition at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm, 2012 – 2018

Contraceptives

Contraceptives

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Contraceptives

A pill strip with modern birth control pills. Photo: Anna Gerdén.

Contraceptives

Part of a pack of condoms made during the first half of the 20th century. Photo: Anna Gerdén.

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Contraceptives

People have always experimented with different methods to prevent pregnancy. Casanova is said to have used condoms made of animal intestines and the Ancient Egyptians made diaphragms made of crocodile dung.

The methods of contraception can be divided into four groups: natural methods, barrier methods like condoms and diaphragms, hormonal methods like the birth control pill and intra-uterine devices like the coil.

The condom is the only contraceptive that protects against both pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. The rubber condom was launched by Charles Goodyear and Thomas Hancock in 1844. In the 1930s the condom began to be mass-produced in thin latex rubber. The birth control pill was created in the USA in 1960 and gave women an independent position in society.

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