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The Long Sexual RevolutionEnglish Women, Sex, and Contraception 1800-1975$
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Hera Cook

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199252183

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199252183.001.0001

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Mastering the Sexual Self: Contraception and Sexuality 1890s–1950s

Mastering the Sexual Self: Contraception and Sexuality 1890s–1950s

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(p.122) 5 Mastering the Sexual Self: Contraception and Sexuality 1890s–1950s
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The Long Sexual Revolution
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199252183.003.0006

This chapter examines in detail the methods of contraception used from the 1890s to the 1950s, including abstaining from sexual intercourse. These include spermicides, condoms, diaphragms and other contraceptive devices, abortion, anal sex, and breastfeeding. The impact of poor quality rubber and the absence of quality control are considered along with the limited evidence on contraceptive effectiveness. The chapter concludes with comment on the diminished sexual pleasure that resulted from use of the methods, especially for women.

Keywords:   birth control methods, contraceptive devices, spermicide, condoms, contraceptive effectiveness, diaphragm, rates, sexuality, anal sex, breastfeeding

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