Not for injection, ingestion, or any other route
Long is the list of unproven potions, tonics, and elixirs humans have put into our bodies as salves for various real or perceived ailments. A subset of this inclination is the misuse of common household products in ways that fly in the face of intended use and common sense, often touted by prominent social and political figures. Sometimes, corporate marketing efforts laden with not-so-subtle innuendo promote off-label use with limited evidence and disregard for potential harm. Case in point: Lysol for “feminine hygiene”, a euphemism for vaginal cleanliness and contraception that made Lysol one of the most popular contraceptive methods in the 1920s-1950s. Thanks to the Comstock Act of 1873, contraception was classified as “obscene and illicit”, thus douching products could not be explicitly advertised as birth control. Enter the ingenious marketing campaign that not only skirted the Comstock problem, but managed to frame pregnancy prevention as an issue of female hygiene to be addressed in order, for the wife, to avoid marital neglect.