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    The Pill

    In May 1960, the FDA approved the sale of a pill that arguably would have a greater impact on American culture than any other drug in the nation's history.

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    The Pill: Gallery

    Browse samples of Pill package design in this gallery, featuring historical images from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

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    Current Pill Use

    Is it safe? How do prescriptions differ? Will there be a male pill? Read this Q&A with obstetrician/gynecologist Daniela Carusi, M.D.

  • The Pill | Article

    Past Pill Use

    Could there be complications from past Pill use? What about hormone replacement therapy?

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    The Pill in America

    When Enovid officially came on the market in 1960 as a contraceptive, the response was astonishing. In less than two years, 1.2 million women were on the Pill.

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    The Side Effects of the Pill

    Early on, women taking the original 10-milligram high-dose pill suffered from a wide variety of side effects.

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    The Pill and the Sexual Revolution

    As female sexuality and premarital sex moved out of the shadows, the Pill became a convenient scapegoat for the sexual revolution among social conservatives.

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    Senate Hearings on the Pill

    After reading Seaman's book, The Doctor's Case Against the Pill, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson decided to take on the birth control pill.

  • The Pill | Timeline

    A Timeline of Contraception

    The Greek philosopher Aristotle is thought to be the first person to propose using natural chemicals such as cedar oil, lead ointment, or frankincense oil as spermicides.

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    G.D. Searle Develops the Pill

    In the early 1950s, the last thing Searle wanted to get involved in was the controversial area of birth control.

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    The Pope Issues Humanae Vitae

    In the papal encyclical entitled Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI ended the speculation over oral contraceptives and birth control once and for all.

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    The Pill and the Women's Liberation Movement

    As the 1960s progressed, the women's liberation movement gained momentum alongside the civil rights and anti-war movements.

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    The Pill and Informed Consent

    Patients participating in drug trials must be fully informed of any potential risks before receiving any treatment.

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    The Pill and the Doctor/Patient Relationship

    Senate hearing on the Pill held in 1970 led to an examination of the relationship between doctors and patients.

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    The FDA Approves the Pill

    The pharmaceutical company G.D. Searle filed an application to license their drug Enovid for use as an oral contraceptive.

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    The Puerto Rico Pill Trials

    In the summer of 1955, Gregory Pincus visited Puerto Rico, and discovered it would be the perfect location for the human trials.

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    Dr. John Rock (1890-1984)

    John Rock was an unlikely choice to help develop an oral contraception; the obstetrician and gynecologist was a devout Roman Catholic.

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    The Catholic Church and Birth Control

    On New Year's Eve 1930, the Roman Catholic Church officially banned any artificial means of birth control.

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    The Boston Pill Trials

    Gregory Pincus found a way to test the contraceptive powers of progesterone and sidestep Massachusetts' rigid anti-birth control laws.

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    Black Genocide

    Sterilization abuse of African American women by the white medical establishment reached its height in the 1950s and 1960s.