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The Pill : 50 Years Later

This mother’s day, the pill that promised worry-free sex and total sexual control for women celebrates its 50th birthday.A world without "the pill" is unimaginable to many young women, and they might be surprised to learn that U.S. officials announcing approval of the world's first oral contraceptive were uncomfortable at the time.Before the Food and Drug Administration approved the first oral contraceptive on May 9, 1960, the only other birth control options were the diaphragm, condoms, the rhythm method, and in extreme cases, sterilization. Those were the more commonly used methods. More unorthodox solutions included vinegar sponges, olive oil, and even bleach.Slideshow: The History of MenstruationThe first form of the birth control pill, Enovid, revolutionized contraception and most argue it jump-started the sexual revolution.Elissa Stein, co-author of “Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation,” told FoxNews.com that the pill started the beginning of a long-term cultural experiment....

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  2. FDA OKs First Birth Control Pill Designed to End Women's Periods

    The first birth-control pill meant to put a stop to women's monthly periods indefinitely has won U.S. government approval, the manufacturer said Tuesday.Called Lybre...

  3. 'The pill' turns 50: debate continues over cultural significance; women have new options

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  4. Contraceptive Pill Nearly Halves Risk of Ovarian Cancer, Research Finds

    Women who take the contraceptive pill for 10 years cut their risk of ovarian cancer by almost half, according to a European study published Wednesday.Taking the cont...

  5. Extra Weight Undermines Birth Control Pill

    For overweight women, birth control pills don’t offer as reliable protection against pregnancy as one might think, new research shows.“Overweight women have about 60...

  6. Study Shows Male Birth Control Pill Might Be Possible

    Hey ladies, in the future you might be able to toss out your birth-control pills and hand over the daily responsibility to the guys.Male mice lacking a certain prote...

  7. Baby Time, Or Not? Your Birth Control Options

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  8. IUDs, implants more reliable than birth control pills

    While birth control pills are the most commonly used reversible contraceptive in the United States, a new study has found that women who use the pill are actually 20...

  9. Over-the-counter birth control?

    Author Megan McArdle weighs in on whether birth control pills should become available over-the-counter under ObamaCare.

  10. Study Links Long-Term Use of High Estrogen Birth Control Pill to Heart Disease

    A troubling study from Belgium hints that long-term use of oral contraceptives — at least the high-estrogen ones sold decades ago — might increase the chances of hav...

  11. Former Gov. Ehrlich Dems Need Wedge Issues

    Former Gov. Robert Ehrlich (R-MD) told Brian that Democrats have to run on wedge issues like race.

  12. Chewable, Tasty Birth Control Pill Hits Shelves

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  1. New Contraceptive Reduces PMS

    The first birth control pill designed to completely eliminate periods for one year is also proving to be an effective treatment for premenstrual syndrome (PMS).The e...

  2. How Safe Are Birth Control Pills ?

    Few pharmacological advances have done as much to reshape the cultural landscape — at least in Europe, Australia, most of the Western Hemisphere and pockets of Asia ...

  3. The Pill : 50 Years Later

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  4. Women Taking Birth Control Pill Live Longer

    One of the world's largest studies of the contraceptive pill has found that women who have taken it can expect longer lives and are less likely to die from any cause...

  5. Women Taking Birth Control Pill Live Longer

    One of the world's largest studies of the contraceptive pill has found that women who have taken it can expect longer lives and are less likely to die from any cause...

  6. Birth control pills tied to lower ovarian cancer risk

    Women who use birth control pills are less likely to develop ovarian cancer later in life, a new analysis of past studies suggests.Researchers pooled data from 24 st...

  7. Birth Control Pills May Keep Nuns Healthy, Study Says

    Nuns should be offered the contraceptive pill, on health grounds, since it would cut their risk of getting cancer, according to a study in The Lancet.The vow of chas...

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