Bottle of 'Enovid' contraceptive pills, United Kingdom, 1960-1965
In 1961, ‘Enovid’ became the first oral contraceptive pill approved for use in the United Kingdom. Birth control was something of a taboo subject before the 1960s. ‘The pill’ seemed an ideal contraceptive because it was effective but not messy, and it did not interfere with sex. However, the first pills had a far higher level of hormones than was required. This caused heart problems in some women. ‘The pill’ is now prescribed with far lower levels of hormones.
Related Themes and Topics
There are 535 related objects. View all related objects
The use of methods and techniques to prevent pregnancy from sex.
Glossary: oral contraceptive pill
A drug containing hormones, taken to stop pregnancy.
Also known as a pill, it is made by compressing a powdered form of one or more drugs. It is usually taken by mouth, but may be inserted into a different body cavity.
Glossary: materia medica
A Latin medical term sometimes used to refer to medical substances.