How can one prevent something whose origin one doesn't comprehend? The history of contraception includes a long time fumbling in the dark.
Charlatans, wise women, philosophers, and scientists, among others, tried their hands at finding contraceptive methods. But usually, in the early days, successful prevention of pregnancy depended upon sheer coincidence or pure luck.
We will take you along on a journey through the history of mechanical and chemical contraceptives, as well as so called natural methods based on self-observation.
Experience, for example, how women in Antiquity counteracted unwanted pregnancies, or how the Pill first came onto the market.
Approximately 400 brochures, price lists, labels and advertisements, the majority for contraceptives, can be found in a red album.
Around 1900, when Friedrich Robert criticised the effectiveness of vaginal rinses, not very many methods of contraception were available, none of which was reliable.
From the bidet to the douche to the double chambered rinse – historical, contraceptive rinsing devices.