Combined oral contraceptive pill  

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"For [ the pill ] is a revolutionary development, probably to be ranked among the half dozen or so major innovations in man's two or more million years of history. In its effects I believe that the pill ranks in importance with the discovery of fire."--Sex, Man, and Society (1969) by Ashley Montagu

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

The Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill (COCP), often referred to as "the Pill", is a birth control method, taken orally. It was first approved for contraceptive use in the United States in 1960, and are a very popular form of birth control. They are currently used by more than 100 million women worldwide and by almost 12 million women in the United States.

The sexual revolution

One suggested trigger for the modern sexual revolution was the development of the birth control pill in 1960, which gave women access to easy and reliable contraception.

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