Contraceptives and Condoms, Family Planning

The ‘Most Important Scientific Advance of the 20th Century’ Is Probably In Your Handbag Right Now

Maybe you’re not going to shout it from the rooftops, but there are lots of reasons to be excited about the birth control pill. The pill, which was approved for sale by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Advisory Committee on this date in 1960, has positively impacted the lives of millions of women, and is used by more than 100 million around the world (though there are still 222 million women who want to prevent pregnancy but lack modern contraception).

Since the pill was approved, the number of women who graduate from college has increased five-fold, and the number of women in the workforce has more than tripled. Pregnancy-related deaths have been cut by half. On its 50th anniversary in 2010, the Economist called the pill “the most important scientific advance of the 20th century.”

Check out the above video from Bedsider, a great resource for contraception information, and share the excitement. Happy birthday pill!

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