History and Future of Contraception


Lara V. Marks
* Author, Sexual Chemistry: A History of the Contraceptive Pill (2001, Yale University Press)
* Historian of Medicine
* Cambridge University
Cambridge, England, United Kingdom

Dr. Paul Blumenthal
* Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
* Johns Hopkins University Medical School
Baltimore, Maryland

Andrea Tone
* Author, Devices and Desires: A History of Contraceptives in America (2001, Hill and Wang)
* Associate Professor, History
* Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia

Dr. William Bremner
* Chairman, Department of Medicine
* Director, Population Research Center
* University of Washington School of Medicine
Seattle, Washington

In 1961, the first birth control pills went on sale in Great Britain. Forty years later, the pill remains a popular form of birth control, used by some 100 million women worldwide. In this hour of Sceince Friday we'll take a look at the history and future of contraception on the 40th anniversary of the pill. Are there new contraceptives in the pipeline? And will a new male contraceptive hit the shelves anytime soon?



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