Contraception, Age of

At the very latest once a mankind settled in fixed communities began to practice livestock farming, human beings must have come to the realization that a connection exists between sexual intercourse and procreation. The earliest formulae that have come down to us for preventing the start of the existence of a new human being are around 3500 years old, originating in ancient Egypt.  Already thousands of years ago, then, human beings were antinatalistically active and attempted to prevent, above all through the use of certain herbal preparations, that new human beings came to be. The great historical turning point, however, and the opening of a veritable “age of contraception”, occurred only very recently, when the contraceptive pill began, in the 1960s, its triumphal progress through at least parts of the modern world.

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