Chastity Belts

 

We laugh at the notion don't we? Yet this medieval device for locking a woman's potential lover out of her bedroom was a reality. When her husband left her to go to war or any where else for that matter, he would place and lock the chastity belt on his wife. This contraption had small spiked holes through which urine, feces, and menstrual blood might pass - in theory. In practice though, instead it was impossible to keep sanitary. Vaginal infections, skin eruptions and ulcers were inevitable, even if only worn for a short time, and yet many woman had to endure this form of imprisonment for months and even years.

In 1889 the skeleton of a woman was found in a 15th century graveyard, still wearing her chastity belt, which probably caused her death.