English methods of birth control
1915 1915 1910s 18 pages 10 surplus blood supply. This is called the menstrual period, and occurs once a month or about every twenty-eight days. In the male sexual organs there are glands (testes) which secrete a fluid called the semen. In the semen is the life-giving principle, the sperm. When i...
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10 surplus blood supply. This is called the menstrual period, and occurs once a month or about every twenty-eight days. In the male sexual organs there are glands (testes) which secrete a fluid called the semen. In the semen is the life-giving principle, the sperm. When intercourse takes place (if no preventive is used) the semen is deposited in the woman's body (vagina). The ovule is not in the vagina, but further up in the womb in safety, or perhaps in the tube on its way to the womb. It is the nature of the male principle of life to pursue, and when the sperm is active it starts on its way to seek the ovum, as steel is attracted by the magnet. Several sperm cells go to meet the ovum, but only one enters it and becomes absorbed within it. This is called fertilisation, or conception, or impregnation. This action of the male sperm meeting the ovule must be prevented if no children are desired. It must be remembered that the sperm is very active and moves quickly towards its attraction. Usually it is deposited so near the mouth of the womb that it is out of reach of a douche in a few minutes after intercourse. That is why it is best to have a covering over the mouth of the womb so that it cannot enter. To prevent the male sperm from meeting the female ova is called prevention of conception. As soon as the two cells have met and joined together in the fertilised egg, any attempt at removing it or preventing its development or further growth is called abortion. ABORTIONS. That there is almost no other country in the world where abortions so frequently occur as in the United States, is a fact worthy of consideration and interest. That the laws in these same United States are perhaps the most rigid, and the penalty the heaviest for any action toward abolishing abortions (by education and knowledge), of any country in the world, is also worthy of interest. Abortion is the most common as well as one of the most