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Oral Contraceptive History - Birth Control Pills
Enovid and Frank Colton

Carl Djerassi

The birth control pill was introduced to the public in the early 1960s. Birth control pills are synthetic hormones that mimic the way real estrogen and progestin works in a women's body. The pill prevents ovulation - no new eggs are released by a women on the pill since her body is tricked into believing she is already pregnant.

Margaret Sanger was a lifelong advocate of women's rights and the use of birth control. During the 1930s, it was discovered that hormones prevented ovulation in rabbits. In 1950, while in her 80s, Sanger underwrote the research necessary to create the first human birth control pill. Sanger raised $150,000 for the project.

Frank Colton
Frank Colton was the inventor of Enovid, the first oral contraceptive - National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Carl Djerassi
Carl Djerassi was the inventor of modern oral contraceptives or the pill. - National Inventors Hall of Fame.

The Pill - Just the Facts - Birth Control Pills - Oral Contraceptives
The facts about the Pill are explained. Find out whether birth control pills cause weight gain, treat acne, and other important facts about the Pill.

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