oa Professional Nursing Today - Contraception : a review : women's health
In ancient times, contraceptives were not as readily available as they are now. Ancient Egyptians used penis protectors made from animal intestines, or condoms made of snakeskin. In 1504, Fallopius, an Italian anatomist, created a linen condom in an attempt to stop the spread of syphilis. In the 1800s, the discovery of rubber made the manufacture of rubber condoms possible. These were used to control the spread of disease and prevent pregnancies.
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