1960 (Physicians' Product Brochure No. 67,
G.D. Searle & Co., U.S.A.)
Ad for Ergoapiol, treatment for painful or
missing menstrual periods or other
irregularities of the menstrual cycle - or
Read Malcolm Gladwell's riveting New Yorker
about the invention of the birth control pill.
contraceptive sponges disguised for other uses.
Museum of Menstruation and Women's
An early (1964) birth control
pill (The Pill): Enovid-E
(in a package labeled "Physician's
professional sample"), U.S.A.
Birth control pills were first
offered for approval to the Food and
Drug Administration (read
here) in 1957 not as
contraceptives but as a way to treat
menstrual disorders and infertility.
Only in 1960 did the manufacturer
submit the same oral contraceptive
(Enovid) for approval to the FDA to
explicitly prevent conception and
therefore babies. ("Pill" is often
capitalized when referring to a
birth control pill.)
There was controversy and tragedy
around the development of the Pill,
involving the scientists, the public
and the Roman Catholic Church.
In 2009 the
largest German news magazine, Der
Spiegel, used my
image below in its online
series about birth control.
A woman who has donated other
items to MUM kindly donated this
package to the museum. Thanks!
The package holding the Pills and
insert. The top flap, which holds
on the other side, arrived at MUM
separated along the perforations.
The top and bottom parts fold over
to form a package.
page || Interior
the package with Pills - The
product insert explaining
composition, usage, precautions,
contraindications and side effects
Your Family: family
planning booklet: covers &
pp. 2-3, pp. 4-7, 8-11, 12-15, 16-"inside
back cover," 19-20 |
1960 (Physicians' Product Brochure
No. 67, G.D. Searle & Co.,
U.S.A.) - See early
disguised for other uses. Ad for Ergoapiol, treatment for
painful or missing menstrual
periods or other irregularities of
the menstrual cycle - or for abortion, 1904. Patent
at this museum.
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