How were first oral contraceptives invented?
The invention of the first contraceptive pill is said to have been one of the most important discoveries of the 20th century.
Getting to the buyers was not easy, however. In the 1950s, birth control was considered immoral in many U.S. states.
The first pills, created by Dr. Gregory Pincus, went on sale in 1957. To avoid accusations of immorality, they were recommended as “a means to solve the problems of irregular cycles.”
However, the inventors did not forget to point out its contraceptive properties as a “side effect.”
Doctors immediately noted the epidemic of “irregular cycles.” Just two years later, about half a million women in the U.S. began to use the pills due to its alluring “side effect.”