History of Lesser - Known Contraceptives

April 09, 2022 2 min read

Contraceptives are an old-fashioned product that is still used. While some of these contraceptives were developed centuries ago, others are relatively new. You can find out more about contraceptives than just the condoms in the following list.

2000 Years Ago: Female Condoms

It is believed that the first female condom was invented in Ancient Greece more than 2,000 years ago. Polyurethane, a thin and soft plastic used to make female condoms, is used. Condoms for females can be placed inside the vagina up to eight hours before sex.

1823: Tubectomy

Blundell suggested tubal ligation to sterilize in 1823 before the Medical Society of London. It blocks the fallopian tube, which connect the ovaries and the womb (uterus). It is possible to re-join blocked tubes immediately or many years later.

1823: Vasectomy

Cooper performed the 1st vasectomy on a dog in 1823. Cut or sealed the tubes that transport sperm from the penis to a man's testicles are done. It usually takes around 15 minutes to perform a vasectomy under local anesthesia. Sterilization is permanent for males.

1838 - Contraceptive Cap

According to some reports, it was first described in 1938 by a German Gynecologist. It is made from soft and thin silicone. It should be left on for at least six hours after insertion. The cap must be used with spermicide to prevent pregnancy.

1842: Diaphragm

In 1842, the vaginal diaphragm became available for the first time. The diaphragm, a silicone circle that is inserted into the vagina prior to sex, is what it is. You must leave the diaphragm in place for at most 6 hours. After that, you can wash it. They are reusable.

1909: Intrauterine device or coil

In Germany, Dr Richard Richter published the first paper ever published on actual IUD insertions in 1909. An IUD is a small, T-shaped, copper and plastic device that's inserted by a trained doctor or nurse into your uterus (womb).

1940: Mini-pill

In the late 1940s, Dr. Carl Djerassi, a Mexican chemist, invented it. It does not contain estrogen but contains the hormone progestogen.

1969: Contraceptive injection

It was first reported to have been used in 1969. To prevent pregnancy, the contraceptive injection injects the hormone progestogen in your bloodstream. The type of contraceptive injection can last for 8-12 or 13 weeks, depending on how long it is.

1983: Contraceptive Implant

In Finland, it was first allowed to be used in 1983. It is a flexible, thin rod that is placed under the skin of the upper arm. It can be used to provide contraceptive protection up to three years after it is placed. An experienced doctor or nurse can remove the implant at any time.

2001: Vaginal Ring

It was approved in 2001. You place the vaginal ring inside your vagina. It measures approximately 4mm thick by 5.5cm wide. One ring can provide contraception for one month.

2003: Contraceptive Patch

It was first marketed in 2003. It's a sticky patch that is similar to a nicotine patch. The skin is where hormones are delivered to the body. Each patch has a lasting effect that lasts for a week