The History of OCP (aka "The Pill")

April 18, 2022 1 min read

It's amazing that the generic term "pill" now refers to a very specific drug, the oral contraceptive pills (OCP).

The Pill, which contains either only progestin or estrogen in varying amounts, has had an enormous impact on culture for more than half a century.

For the first time, medicine was made for healthy people. They were also expected to use the medicine daily. 

The public's disapproval of figures belonging to the Catholic Church or the Conservative school of political thinking further complicated the process of adopting the Pill.

The Pill allowed women unprecedented control over their conception dates, despite these obstacles. Perhaps for the first time, it gave women the ability to choose their own timelines.

OCPs were the labour of feminists and gynecologists. Today, 98% of women have used some type of birth control. 

OCPs are most commonly used to prevent pregnancies. However, the Pill has many other uses. OCPs can be used to treat heavy menstrual flow (menorrhagia), menstrual pain (dysmenorrhoea), as well as conditions like endometriosis, where endometrial tissue is found outside the uterus. 

There are many side effects to the Pill, as there is no perfect method of birth control. It can cause weight gain and tenderness in the breasts.

OCPs that contain estrogen might be contraindicated for people who smoke or have certain clotting disorders.

OCPs can be a safe and effective choice for millions of women around the globe, but they don't prevent the transmission of STIs.

Condoms can be used if you are not sure about your partner's STD status, regardless of whether or not you are taking The Pill.