While the fight for accessible birth control for all still wages, it's a battle that's been a long time in the making. We've been trying to keep baby-making out of sex since at least since around 1850 BC. In the process, humankind has come up with some strange, albeit creative, ways to avoid pregnancy.

Here are 15 terrible ways humans have thought to prevent pregnancy. Most of them were ineffective. Some were deadly. All of them will make you wonder what kind of painful infections people must have gotten.

Discover the History You Missed...

and so much more! One Cracked Fact delivers one new story from the worlds of history, science and pop culture, directly to your inbox every day. Sign up now!

Forgot Password?