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Before birth control pills, how did women only have one child?

Or no children at all? I'm thinking of famous women like Zsa Zsa Gabor, Lana Turner, Marlene Dietrich... These women were notoriously sexually active. Did their men always wear a condom?

by Anonymousreply 49January 22, 2023 5:45 PM

Condoms, coat hangers, real abortions, luck, prayer, horse riding accidents, etc.

by Anonymousreply 1January 21, 2023 3:55 PM

Anal sex.

by Anonymousreply 2January 21, 2023 3:57 PM

Midnight hayrides, Rose.

by Anonymousreply 3January 21, 2023 4:01 PM

people were more active back then...

also, how did you think trampolines became so popular?

those poles and wops were always jumping up and down.

by Anonymousreply 4January 21, 2023 4:19 PM

IUD's and cervical caps have been around since the early 20th century. Caps were given away free (at least in the UK) by Marie Stopes clinics.

The wealthy have never had a problem obtaining medically supervised Abortions.

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by Anonymousreply 5January 21, 2023 4:21 PM

Douching with original recipe cocaine infused Coca Cola.

by Anonymousreply 6January 21, 2023 5:09 PM

Many of the celebrities had their tubes tied

by Anonymousreply 7January 21, 2023 5:13 PM

"Rhythm method," IUDs, and condoms and abortions. And tubal ligation, as mentioned. Vasectomies, too.

Women are ovulating / fertile for 3-5 days per cycle (28 days or so).

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by Anonymousreply 8January 21, 2023 5:15 PM

Anal sex only.

by Anonymousreply 9January 21, 2023 5:19 PM

Lots and lots of luck op

by Anonymousreply 10January 21, 2023 5:44 PM

Coitus interruptus

by Anonymousreply 11January 21, 2023 5:46 PM

Back before the modern age and industrial revolution women also did rely on natural and/or herbal remedies to either prevent fertility or rid themselves of unwanted pregnancies. This website mentions a few commonly used and does warn against them.

But many women did visit "medicine women" or witches/shamans to rid themselves of unwanted pregnancy or to keep them from being fertile (i.e. help make conditions unfavorable for implantation of fetus or to carry it long-term).

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by Anonymousreply 12January 21, 2023 5:59 PM

I wouldn't recommend it as a reliable method of birth control, but I think pulling out works more often than not.

by Anonymousreply 13January 21, 2023 6:08 PM

They had more babies pulled out of them than a burning orphanage.

by Anonymousreply 14January 21, 2023 6:09 PM

Face it OP, you grandma loved kinky sexy as much as Zsa Zsa and Marlena did...

by Anonymousreply 15January 21, 2023 6:17 PM

Marlene supposedly always douched with vinegar after sex. Her one time lover Douglas Fairbanks Jr said when a vinaigrette salad passed by. That smell. Reminds me of Marlene. Again supposedly, during her affair with Yul Bryner, while he was staring on Broadway in The King and I her vinegar douche failed and she became pregnant and had an abortion. My own problem with this is you can roughly work out her age by the date of a photo. She was born either 1900, 1901, or 1907. Conveniently, her birth certificate and marriage certificate were destroyed in Berlin during the war. So her affair with Yul was in the 50’s (he played the king for 3yrs) she would have been somewhere in her 50’s. Not impossible I know. Just seems odd for the times.

by Anonymousreply 16January 21, 2023 6:25 PM

Their husbands cheated. The wives were happy about it.

by Anonymousreply 17January 21, 2023 6:26 PM

Those old whores took it in the ass like champs.

by Anonymousreply 18January 21, 2023 6:27 PM

[quote]My own problem with this is you can roughly work out her age by the date of a photo. She was born either 1900, 1901, or 1907. Conveniently, her birth certificate and marriage certificate were destroyed in Berlin during the war.

How clever of her to start a World War to hide her real age.

I had to sleep with the governor.

by Anonymousreply 19January 21, 2023 6:29 PM

[quote]I had to sleep with the governor.

Just the one, Blanche?

by Anonymousreply 20January 21, 2023 6:31 PM

Midwives knew how to deliver a baby and they also knew how to kill it. So if you were a very poor immigrant woman and it was impossible to raise another child...

by Anonymousreply 21January 21, 2023 6:33 PM

[quote]And tubal ligation, as mentioned.

Who sued their tubals?

by Anonymousreply 22January 21, 2023 6:46 PM

[quote]with Yul Bryner, while he was staring on Broadway in The King

Is that all he did was stare? From all the glowing reviews I’ve heard of his performance, I assumed he sang or danced. Or, hell, at least spoke.

by Anonymousreply 23January 21, 2023 6:47 PM

Sometimes a bucking mule can be a single gal’s best friend.

by Anonymousreply 24January 21, 2023 7:01 PM

Like this.

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by Anonymousreply 25January 21, 2023 7:06 PM

No, R23, in its original run, "The King and I" was just three-hour staring contest between Anna and the king. Audiences grew restless, however, and the book and musical numbers were added later. The costumes were beautiful, though!

by Anonymousreply 26January 21, 2023 7:09 PM

I just crushed on r26 so fucking hard!


by Anonymousreply 27January 21, 2023 7:11 PM

For a time, I worked in a Singapore whore house...and I had no children...well, except for the little prince

But once you master the 'Shanghai Squeeze' and the 'Singapore Grip', you don't have to rely on 'birth control' anyway.

by Anonymousreply 28January 21, 2023 7:16 PM

Let’s see what the fans say

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by Anonymousreply 29January 21, 2023 7:30 PM


by Anonymousreply 30January 21, 2023 7:35 PM

The Italian singer?!

What’s he got to do with it?

by Anonymousreply 31January 21, 2023 7:37 PM

Prolly by avoiding males, being far from the equator (guys with lower testosterone), not every mating results in a breeding. Hahaha horse riding accidents aren’t in the obgyn doomsday book but what should I know. I’m just a random science nerd with livestock Repro training hahahaha

by Anonymousreply 32January 21, 2023 7:51 PM

[quote]Marlene supposedly always douched with vinegar after sex.

No wonder her daughter was a sourpuss.

by Anonymousreply 33January 21, 2023 8:01 PM

By jumping up and down after having sex, OP.

That makes all the sperm leak out.

by Anonymousreply 34January 21, 2023 8:20 PM

^ Save us from lesbian P.E. teachers!

by Anonymousreply 35January 21, 2023 8:45 PM

Wow, from the responses it sounds like a lot of drama. Constant worry.

My grandma had over a dozen live births, though only 6 made it to adulthood. She lived in such grinding poverty that I doubt she could even afford a midwife for an abortion. She was either pregnant, nursing or getting pregnant again.

So I guess the answer is money. But how many abortions can you have?

by Anonymousreply 36January 21, 2023 9:09 PM

Maybe their husbands had narrow urethras.

by Anonymousreply 37January 21, 2023 9:09 PM

[quote]Maybe their husbands had narrow urethras.

A well-known side effect of exposure to propane gas.

by Anonymousreply 38January 21, 2023 9:53 PM

Abortions, in one form or another, have been around for centuries. And rich women could always access them.

by Anonymousreply 39January 21, 2023 11:54 PM

Seem to recall something about French letters …

by Anonymousreply 40January 22, 2023 12:01 AM

Pine needle tea.

by Anonymousreply 41January 22, 2023 1:34 AM

A lot of praying that you get your period every month, or abortions.

by Anonymousreply 42January 22, 2023 2:00 AM

Ash poultices.

by Anonymousreply 43January 22, 2023 4:12 AM

Vinegar soaked sponges were used in ancient Rome.

by Anonymousreply 44January 22, 2023 4:16 AM

I used to fascinated by herbal remedies and remember reading an article in VF that Edna St. Vincent Millay deliberately took alkanet to provoke a miscarriage on a visit to Britain back in the day.

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by Anonymousreply 45January 22, 2023 8:29 AM

I remember reading something about Henry VIII's fifth wife Catherine Howard being suspected of using contraception back in Tudor times but cannot find a good link that doesn't involve downloading a document.

by Anonymousreply 46January 22, 2023 8:31 AM

"Pine needle tea."

Orally or vaginally?

by Anonymousreply 47January 22, 2023 4:33 PM

It's never been an issue for me.

by Anonymousreply 48January 22, 2023 5:35 PM

Chastity belts and chaperones.

by Anonymousreply 49January 22, 2023 5:45 PM
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