Traditional methods of family planning have been used since time immemorial but been seen to be ineffective.
Some of these include
Plants- in Ghana several plants are used for family planning and also used for abortions.
Post-partum abstinence- they have a belief that sexual intercourse contaminates breast milk, so when the woman is breastfeeding she does not have sex and this helps prevent pregnancy.
Prolonged lactation- the woman desires to breastfeed for a longer period since she does not want to be branded as ‘sex lover’.
Virginity- abstinence before marriage is encouraged which defers having children.
Taboos- you don’t continue having children when your children start having children.
Agents- oils, soap, and salt solution are used during sex.
Female circumcision- in recent Islamic areas where the woman does not feel for sex.
Tampons- they are made from cotton wool to block the cervix before sex.
Vaginal packs– soft white pieces of cloth inserted to cover the cervix.
Lemon- scooped half lemon is used to cover the cervix.
Douching after sex.
Coitus inter-ruptus- withdrawal of the penis from the vagina before ejaculation.
Coitus inter-servatus- the woman remains stiff, no movement during sex.
Coitus inter-femora- sex between the thighs.
Coitus inter-crura- sex between the skin folds.
The man holding his breath during ejaculation.
Jumping or urinating after sex.
Wrapping the penis in a warm towel after sex.