10:53pm Saturday 21 October 2017

Reproductive Experts Note Significance of Birth Control Pill's 50th Milestone at Ob-Gyn Meeting

Fifty years ago this month, the first oral contraceptive was approved for use in the US. Since that time, millions of women have used the pill, and for decades it has remained the leading form of contraception used by women in this country.

“Because the pill has enabled women to control their reproductive lives, it
has also made it easier for women to complete their education, and to achieve
all of their goals. The pill has helped enable women to contribute in a greater
variety of ways to society, and therefore has advanced society as a whole.”
Vicki L. Seltzer, MD, Old Westbury, NY
Past President, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

 

“The introduction and rapidly accepted, widespread adoption of oral contraceptives among
women of reproductive age drastically reduced women’s fear of unplanned pregnancy in ways
their mothers and grandmothers never knew. The pill has allowed women to take different roles
in all aspects of their lives—career, education, travel, and a host of other beneficial ways.”
J. Craig Strafford, MD, MPH, Gallipolis, OH
Vice President, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

“Birth control pills provide women with many non-contraceptive benefits,
including cycle control, cancer prevention, and pain relief. They have been
an integral part of women’s health.”
Scott D. Hayword, MD, Mt. Kisco, NY
Chair, District II, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

 

“I have often thought that the birth control pill should be called a hormone regulation pill
because its use and impact have been so much broader than contraception alone. The pill has
certainly improved reproductive control, but the impact on menstrual regulation has been very
important for women, from adolescence to menopause.”
Jeanne A. Conry, MD, PhD, Roseville, CA
Chair, District IX, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

“The advent of effective contraception was revolutionary, transforming,
empowering, and a tremendous boost to women’s health. It continues to
play a major role in the effort to achieve responsible reproductive health
and choice for all women—a goal of every child being a wanted child
delivered into a supportive and secure environment.”
James N. Martin, MD, Jackson, MS
Secretary, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

“The pill has literally changed the world, and it was a primary stimulus to the women’s
movement of the 60s. It has done far more for women’s rights than any legislation that has
been passed and should be recognized as the great emancipator of women.”
Mark S. DeFrancesco, MD, MBA, Cheshire, CT
Secretary Elect, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

“The pill has revolutionized women’s health care. Obviously, the contraceptive
benefits are paramount, but I have become a huge advocate for all of the
non-contraceptive reproductive health benefits that the pill offers. Another
advantage is that the pill has enjoyed incredible safety over its 50-year history.”
Douglas H. Kirkpatrick, MD, Denver, CO
Immediate Past President, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

 

“The pill is probably the single biggest contribution to women’s health in our lifetime.
Not only has it given women more control over their fertility, it has been successfully
used to treat many gynecologic conditions such as dysmenorrhea, menometrohaggia,
PMS, acne, PCOS, and endometriosis, enabling women to have a better quality of life.”
JamesA. Macer, MD, Pasadena, CA
Assistant Secretary Elect, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

 

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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of approximately 53,000 members, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health care.


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