English methods of birth control
1915 1915 1910s 18 pages 7 use of preventive measures as either immoral or injurious ; it is more generally regarded as a rise in the physical and moral standards of the people who use them. ARE PREVENTIVE MEASURES CERTAIN? It is difficult to say that anything is certain in its results, but there...
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7 use of preventive measures as either immoral or injurious ; it is more generally regarded as a rise in the physical and moral standards of the people who use them. ARE PREVENTIVE MEASURES CERTAIN? It is difficult to say that anything is certain in its results, but there is every reason to believe that if directions are carefully followed in preventive methods, some means are quite certain. A surgeon would not succeed with an operation was he not most particular to take every precaution and insist that his directions be followed out. It is the same in using preventive measures ; care must be taken in douching after intercourse ; attention given to adjusting the pessary correctly (or the cot or condom) ; attention given to the date of the menstrual period, and a laxative taken four days before the time expected. If these attentions and suggestions are applied before the date, there will seldom be any difficulty after. The educated classes have been practising the methods of prevention for nearly a half-century, and have found them certain and safe. If a woman is indifferent or too indolent to take precautions, then nothing will be certain ; but I recommend the following as safe and harmless:— The use of the Mezpah pessary (not to be left in the vagina longer than twenty-four hours without cleansing). The use of a salt solution before and after the removal of the pessary; two level tablespoonsful of salt to a pint of water: use two quarts for a thorough cleansing. 5 or 10 grains of quinine two or three nights preceding the date of menstruation, to eject any semen escaping into the uterus. The pessary may be left in the vagina over night, which does away with the necessity of getting up in cold rooms to douche. It may be removed the following day at leisure ; better in the morning, if possible, before it gets out of place by standing much on the feet. There is no doubt that the use of the pessary and the use of the cot or condom are both safe and certain, if they are used intelligently.