For as long as people have been giving birth, there have been people trying their damndest to avoid having babies. Birth control has taken on a multitude of forms and methods across every society across all of human history—to relate them all would be impossible, though several lengthy books have tried.
In the developed world, it can sometimes feel like most of the history of reproductive rights is just that—history. Nevertheless, the recent judicial decision in Texas banning abortions after six weeks or the revelation that Britney Spears' conservatorship included a forced contraceptive shows us that the past isn't really all the way past. The age-old struggle of childbearing individuals to maintain control over their own body continues today.
Moreover, the long and storied history of contraception illustrates how birth control is not a modern indulgence but a fundamental human necessity—one that has always been