Contraceptive pills with dispenser, England, 1960-1970

1960-1970 in England
Ortho Pharmaceutical Limited

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Combined monophasic early contraceptive pills, "Ortho-Novin 1/80", with dialpack with instruction leaflet, 1960-1970

The oral contraceptive pill was introduced in the 1960s. It was more reliable and easier to use than previous methods. It quickly became popular. Some say it caused the sexual revolution of the 1960s, allowing women to control their fertility. The pill is taken daily. It alters the body’s hormone levels. This plastic dispenser has a rotating dial indicating the day of the week. This helps the woman remember to take her pill. The combined contraceptive pill got its name because of the combination of the hormones oestrogen and synthetic progesterone known as progestin it contained. This early example was sold under the brand name Ortho-Novin 1/80. It was manufactured by Ortho Pharmaceutical Limited.


Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
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paper and plastic
overall (boxed): 80 mm x 90 mm x 10 mm, .03kg
oral contraceptive pill
  • drug
  • tablet
Donated by the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, Contemporary Medical Archive Centre

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