Bottle of 'Enovid' contraceptive pills, United Kingdom, 1960-1965

G D Searle and Company Limited
G D Searle and Company

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Bottle of Enovid tabs 10mg, early 1960s. Front three quarter view. Graduated grey background.
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Bottle of Enovid contrAceptive tablets 10mg, made by G D Searle and Co, Chicago, Illinois, USA, and prepared by G D Searle & Company Limited, High Wycombe, England, 1961-1970 (see note)

In 1961, ‘Enovid’ became the first oral contraceptive pill approved for use in the United Kingdom. Birth control was something of a taboo subject before the 1960s. ‘The pill’ seemed an ideal contraceptive because it was effective but not messy, and it did not interfere with sex. However, the first pills had a far higher level of hormones than was required. This caused heart problems in some women. ‘The pill’ is now prescribed with far lower levels of hormones.


Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Object Number:
glass, materia medica, metal (unknown), paper (fibre product)
  • drug
  • drug
  • tablet
  • drug

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