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A brief history of contraception

For as long as people have been having sex, they have been trying to prevent unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. Milly Newham looks back at historic methods of contraception, including the dubious and the enduring.

Words by Milly Newham

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Milly Newham

Milly Newham is a medical student from Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. She has completed a degree in Reproductive and Developmental Sciences at Imperial College London and has undertaken research on pre-conception health.