'Ovran 30' contraceptive pills, England, 1983
‘Ovran’ is a brand of oral contraceptive pills. One pill is taken everyday for 21 days. The days of the week on the blister pack are to help remind users when to take them and to keep track of the pills. Oral contraceptives are used to prevent pregnancy and can also be taken to reduce heavy periods and to control acne. As a second generation contraceptive, ‘Ovran’ has lower levels of hormones than first generation pills as the latter were found to cause heart and circulatory problems.
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