English methods of birth control
1915 1915 1910s 18 pages 8 DO PREVENTIVE METHODS LEAD TO STERILITY? This question is often asked by women early in marriage, who desire to use preventive methods for a period, until it becomes economically possible to care for a child. It is feared that the use of preventives will cause sterility...
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8 DO PREVENTIVE METHODS LEAD TO STERILITY? This question is often asked by women early in marriage, who desire to use preventive methods for a period, until it becomes economically possible to care for a child. It is feared that the use of preventives will cause sterility, and when a child is desired the woman will be unable to conceive. There is no ground for this fear. It has been shown by hundreds of cases where parents have lost a child, that though they had practised preventives for four, five, or even ten years, conception has taken place when desired. Personally, I know a patient who gave birth to a child after 20 years' use of preventives. As mentioned before, strong solutions should be especially avoided in this respect. But it is well to get the advice of your family physician and bring these questions before him. WHEN SHOULD WOMEN AVOID HAVING CHILDREN? It is well for a woman not to give birth to a child— 1. Before she is at least twenty-two years of age; better twenty-five if possible. 2. From two to three years after the birth of the last child, in order to properly nurse the last child and to allow the mother to renew her strength for the next. 3. Whenever a woman or man suffers from diseases such as tuberculosis, gonorrhea, syphilis, cancer, epilepsy, pelvic deformities, insanity, drunkenness, and mental diseases. 4. When parents, though healthy themselves, find that their children are physically or mentally defective. 5. Whenever the conditions of life and the uncertainty of livelihood do not give the prospect of bringing up children decently and of giving them a better chance than the parents have had. And for Working Women— 6. So long as society remains indifferent to the needs of the worker's children.