English methods of birth control
1915 1915 1910s 18 pages 13 duty of making known the more natural and harmless methods for preventing conception, or else by their social attitude have made the pregnant woman's position intolerable." IS THERE A SAFE PERIOD? There are some women who believe there is a safe perio...
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13 duty of making known the more natural and harmless methods for preventing conception, or else by their social attitude have made the pregnant woman's position intolerable." IS THERE A SAFE PERIOD? There are some women who believe there is a safe period in the month when conception does not take place. That if intercourse does not occur from four days before menstruation until a week after it has ceased, in the time remaining conception will not occur. There may be women who have found this to be true in their own experience, but most medical authorities deny its infallibility, and personally I have known of more abortions resulting from this method than those with whom it has been successful. It is not wise to trust to it. There are also many women, and a few men, who claim that intercourse is intended only for procreation, and that it should not take place unless a child is desired. In this way no preventives are necessary. I must admit I held this view for years, and have a sneaking regard theoretically for it still. I believe the sexual act involves a creative energy which can be directed into channels for creative work and self-expression. I lay special stress on creative work, which in my estimation draws on different forces in the body than mechanical, physical, or routine labour. But I know, too, that the sexual life of man differs greatly in nature and the course of its development from the sexual activity of woman, and also that the majority of men and women to-day are doing very little creative work, which leaves almost the only outlet for their creative energy through the sexual act. The consequence is, all modern life forces a sexual outlet through intercourse, and it is only the few exceptions who are able to live up to this theory, even if it is accepted.