FOR PREGNANCY PREVENTION

THE PILL CELEBRATED
ITS SWEET SIXTY

*If you are moderately obese, discuss with your healthcare provider whether Lo Loestrin Fe is appropriate for you.

*If you are moderately obese, discuss with your healthcare provider whether Lo Loestrin Fe is appropriate for you.

In 2020, we celebrated the 60th anniversary of the FDA’s approval of the first birth control pill. Since then, several types of birth control pills have become available on the market. Dr. Lakeisha Richardson, Board-Certified OB/GYN and paid consultant of AbbVie, recognizes the groundbreaking moments from 6 decades of the birth control pill empowering women to prevent pregnancy.

As a healthcare practitioner, I’m grateful for those who came before us who led the way to this medical breakthrough, and I’ve dedicated my life to educating and helping women make informed decisions when it comes to pregnancy prevention.

The introduction of the birth control pill over 60 years ago has enabled women, all of whom have different motivations, to prevent pregnancy on their own terms.

Take a look at the groundbreaking moments from 6 decades of the birth control pill below.

1960

The FDA approves “the Pill” as an oral contraceptive.

1965

Five years after FDA approval, 6.5 million women are on the Pill, making it the most popular form of birth control in the U.S.

1975

Birth control intersects with pop culture as country singer Loretta Lynn releases “The Pill,” one of Rolling Stone’s  100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time.

1980s

The modern, low-dose, two- and three-phase birth control pill becomes available.

1993

The Economist  names the birth control pill as one of the Seven Technological Wonders of the Modern World.

2000

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission rules that prescription contraception must be covered by health insurance in workplaces of 15 or more employees.

2014

Bloomberg Businessweek ranks the birth control pill No. 9 in their list of the 85 Most Disruptive Ideas in its 85-year history.

Where We Are Today

According to a national survey, from 2017 to 2019, the birth control pill was still one of the most popular forms of contraception, with over 10 million women aged 15–49 years using it in the U.S.