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The Pill: still swinging at 50

The Pill: still swinging at 50

Sexual health

Steve Ainsworth
Medical Journalist

What made the '60s swing? Was it the music of the Beatles? Or maybe the "race for space", which saw the end of the decade being marked by the first landing on the Moon? In fact, it was none of these things. What really made the '60s swing was the arrival, exactly 50 years ago, of the contraceptive pill ...

Known officially as the birth control pill or the oral contraceptive pill, this miracle of pharmaceutical science was quickly given a unique accolade. It was dubbed THE Pill - an honour given to no other prescription item.

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