Did the Romans really have so much sex that they drove a plant that supposedly provided birth control to extinction? It would appear that they did, but nature also helped them.
The decadence of the Roman Empire is extremely well documented. From the mighty feasts and extreme violence to their sexual perversions, they rarely left a stone unturned. So it would not surprise you that they drove a plant to extinction by having sex. So how did the plant become extinct through sex? The plant was called silphium, or silphion and it was a herb that grew along the coast. The Greeks first came across its apparent ability to prevent pregnancy, and when the Romans heard of its powers they grasped onto it like no other. They learned that when the leaves were ground up and put into a resin it reduced the risk of falling pregnant.