The Legacy of Contraception Term Paper

Looks at the past, present and future of contraception, based on the historical record, contemporary research findings and insight into technological advances.
# 151720 | 3,815 words | 14 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Sep 05, 2012 in Biology (Biotechnology) , Hot Topics (Birth Control) , Women Studies (General)

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This paper investigates the past, present and future of contraception to reveal not only techniques that have proven safe and effective but also the trends in contraceptive apprehension and technology progresses. Next, the author explains the brief history of contraception including natural and folk methods typical of the pre-Industrial world and the development of male and female synthetic contraceptives. The paper concludes with a discussion of the current and future trends of synthetic contraception, which sexually active couple must confront rationally and responsibly.

Table of Contents:
The Origins of Contraception
Female Contraceptive Methods
Male Contraceptive Methods

From the Paper:

"The use of condoms dates back to the 15th century. In China and Japan, records show the use of gland condoms. These condoms only covered the head of the penis, and were usually made out of silk paper or tortoise shell (Collier, 2007). This very early use of condoms was confined purely to the highest classes of society. In the 16th century, condom use moved to Europe. During this period the Italians used linen sheets dipped in a chemical in order to prevent the spread of syphilis, though there was no concrete evidence that this solution actually helped to prevent the spread of the disease. As people were attempting to stem the spread of syphilis, the Catholic Church was trying to stem the spread of sexual promiscuity. A Catholic theologian, Leonardus Lessius, published a paper in 1605 condemning condom use as 'immoral'. To this day the Church condemns the use of condoms on the grounds that it promotes sex outside of marriage.
"Condoms finally began to reach the lower classes of society in the 19th century. Up until, and through, this point, condoms were very unreliable. Most were full of holes and quite expensive. Many countries passed laws restricting the use of condoms."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Collier, A. (2007). The Humble Little Condom: A History. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books.
  • Delvin, D. (27 Aug 2008). 'Contraceptive patch' []. Retrieved 16/11/2009.
  • Delvin, D. (18 Nov 2008). 'Morning-after pill' []. Retrieved 16/11/2009.
  • Delvin, D. (22 Dec 2008). 'Contraceptive injections' []. Retrieved 16/11/2009.
  • Hatcher, R., Trussel, J., Nelson, A., et al. (2007). Contraceptive Technology (19th ed.). NY: Ardent Media.

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