Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Mary Hatcher-Skeers

Reader 2

Bethany Caulkins


Through technological advancements made in the development of modern contraception there are more options and methods of birth control to choose than ever before. This has made way for the access to the safest most effective methods of birth control whose benefits extend beyond their primary intended purpose. Of these the most effective methods being sterilization, IUDs, the pill. The effectiveness of birth control at preventing unwanted pregnancy directly correlates to how much personal involvement the method requires. These being the most used forms of birth control have their advantages and drawbacks when it comes to side effects and health complications. Further there are factors which limit accessibility and access to the more effective form of birth control, like IUDs, such as age, socioeconomic status, education, relationship status, and children. Although there are methods that are nearly 99% effective at preventing unwanted pregnancy, there are limitations and exclusions to who can access these. The issue that prevails here is the consequence of unwanted pregnancy being attained, with limited access to safe, legal abortion across the US it is imperative to have birth control options that are the most inclusive and provide the most effectiveness in preventing pregnancy. With inclusion being the focus, I propose examining natural contraceptive methods, used by Ancient Egyptians, to provide a basis for alternative contraceptive formulations that compare in effectiveness to the most used methods today.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.