The Destructive Pessary

Vaginal pessaries were commonly used in ancient Greece. These were wool tampons soaked in a variety of substances, including opium poppies, bitter almond oil, boiled honey, sea onion, ox marrow, goose fat, rose oil, thapsia root, myrtle, coriander, cumin, marjoram, bacchar (an aromatic root), perfumes, emetics, or other substances.5 The following is a typical account of the use of a therapeutic pessary The wife of Epicrates, who lay sick near the statue of the city founder, when near her...