The Highlights from 20 January 2011

‘Sour makes you happy’ and a 1960s era pregnancy test

We already know that lemons have a positive effect on mood: as an old saying in German has it, ‘sour makes you happy’. Greek naturalist Theophrastus (ca. 300 BC) recommended using lemons to repel moths. You can find out whether lemons are effective as a contraceptive by reading our Highlights on


In the 1960s and early 1970s, women who suspected they were pregnant were often given the hormonal preparation Duogynon by their physicians. Briefly administering the sexual hormones estrogen and progestogen, which are produced in the female body, triggers menstruation within four to six days if the woman is not pregnant. This product was recently the subject of a court case. You can read about Duogynon in our current Highlights on, and an interview (in German) can be found on



Visit the Museum for Contraception and Abortion (MUVS), Mariahilfer Gürtel 37, 1150 Vienna, open Wednesday to Sunday, 2 to 6 p.m., or all day our website on