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Contraception
The Sex Life of the Gods. Michael Knerr. CHAPTER-1
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CHAPTER-15-16
CHAPTER-17-18-19

LESSON XV 

 

BIRTH CONTROL METHODS 

 

 

The general subject of Birth Control necessarily includes the special 

subject of Birth Control Methods, viz., of the methods of association 

between husband and wife under which offspring is conceived only at such 

times as desired, and consequently only in the number desired. 

 

These methods may be grouped into three general classes, as follows: 

 

I. METHODS OF CONTINENCE (TOTAL OR TEMPORARY). In the practice of the 

methods under this class, there is an avoidance of sexual relations 

between husband and wife, either continuously or for certain periods 

during which the liability to conception is great. 

 

II. METHODS OF SEMI-CONTINENCE. In the practice of the methods under 

this class, there is a partial manifestation of the sexual relation 

accompanied by an absence of the manifestation of the procreative 

functions. 

 

III. METHODS OF CONTRACEPTION. In the practice of the methods under this 

class, the usual manifestations of the sexual relation are observed, 

accompanied by an avoidance of the union of the male and female elements 

of reproduction which result in conception. 

 

The student of the subject of Birth Control, of course, familiarizes 

himself or herself with each of the several classes of methods above 

noted, for the purpose of understanding the characteristic distinctions 

between them, and the respective advantages and disadvantages of each 

class. In the following pages each class will be briefly considered, 

that the student may acquire a general understanding thereof, and may be 

enabled to reason intelligently concerning them. In this presentation 

there will be sought a fair statement of each class, without any desire 

to influence the student for or against either of them. 

 

 

Continence. 

 

Continence (which in this special sense means the avoidance of sexual 

relations between husband and wife), in the strict sense, is based upon 

the idea that the sexual relation should not be exercised except for the 

purpose and intent of procreation. In the restricted usage of the term, 

it refers to the abstinence from sexual intercourse during stated 

periods in which the liability to conception is greatest. 

 

Rev. Sylvanus Stall, the author of several widely-read works on the 

subject of Sex, says of strict continence: "One theory is that the 

reproductive function is not to be exercised except for the purpose of 

procreation. * * * There are some married people, more numerous than 

some suppose, who have adopted the idea of uniform continence, and who 

call the reproductive nature into exercise for the purpose of 


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