Marine contraceptive sponge and tampon, 1920-1960.

Image number: 10284373

Marine contraceptive sponge and tampon, 1920-1960.

The contraceptive sponge is a device comprising a small natural or synthetic sponge (sometimes soaked in vinegar or lemon juice) which would be inserted prior to intercourse as a barrier method of contraception. Tampons, small pads of lint or other material, have been used by women throughout the ages, and are designed to be inserted into the vagina to stem the flow of blood during menstruation.

Image number:
10284373
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 12:33
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Science Museum
 

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