The Contraceptive Methods used in Ancient Egypt.

8th century BC, Homer, Greek savant, said “In medicine, the Egyptians were leaving the rest of the world behind” 

 

Ancient Egypt
Ancient Egypt

We are transmitting an article from the French newspaper Nouvel Observateur:

Did you know that the ancient Egyptians knew almost all modern methods of contraception? And that they also designed the first known pregnancy test? With what means? As world-renowned Egyptologist Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt explained in her book The Fabulous Legacy of Egypt, women daily moisten a sample of barley and soft wheat with their urine. If the barley grew, it would mean that the expected child would be a boy; If the common wheat was growing, it would mean that it was a girl. If none of them were growing, it would mean that the woman is not pregnant. The effectiveness of the test has been confirmed by modern science. In fact, the urine of non-pregnant women prevents the growth of barley.

Wooden statuette – Cairo museum The first traces of condoms were found around 1350 BC. Found in Egypt. The condom was made of colored linen soaked in olive oil. It has been used by embalmers on mummies, but we do not know if it was made for sacred or sexual reasons.

Condoms made from sheep’s intestinal membranes are also known, which are used in particular to prevent infectious diseases.

To prevent pregnancy, contraceptive pills are mainly used. It is made up of hormones (estrogens) that inhibit part of the brain (the hypothalamic-pituitary complex) and then prevent the fetus from developing. The ancient Egyptians seemed to understand this because they used handmade pills.

They grind the pomegranate seeds into powder and use wax to make small contraceptives. Pomegranate indeed contains natural estrogens!

And that’s not all! The Egyptians used creams comparable to those of modern spermicides. Almost 3800 years ago, crocodile or elephant droppings containing honey, dates or other substances were used in the ointments and creams prescribed by Egyptian doctors.

The pyramids are not the only traces of the ultra-modernity of these people … and as so often we have improved existing techniques instead of inventing new ones.

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