24 Feb '14, 10pm

Nope, this mystery artifact unearthed under NYC's City Hall isn't a needlepoint case

Nope, this mystery artifact unearthed under NYC's City Hall isn't a needlepoint case

According to Alyssa Loorya, president of Chrysalis Archaeology, the vaginal syringe dates from around 1803 to 1815, and was at first confused for some sort of spice grinder when it was initially found in 2010. But after several years of research by Lisa Geiger, the piece has been identified as a method for feminine hygiene. Geiger has found that women in the 19th Century would even use vaginal syringes as a form of contraception, flushing their vaginal canal with astringents made from minerals or tree roots after sex in an attempt to prevent pregnancy. Medical science at the time also believed douching could treat menstrual cramps and venereal diseases.

Full article: http://www.ecouterre.com/archaeologists-find-200-year-old...

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