POPSUGAR Fitness Healthy Living Facts and Myths About Birth Control Pills The Pill Turns 50 — What Do You Know About It? by Fitness 5/10/10 4 Shares Like us on Facebook Ironically, the 50th anniversary of the birth control pill falls on Mother's Day this year. The pill has affected the sexuality and independence of generations of women. To celebrate its big 5-0, take this quiz to see what you know about this important little pill. The Pill Turns 50 — What Do You Know About It? How many women around the world use the pill? 1 million 10 million 100 million 1 billion A woman should take regular "vacations" from the pill at least once a year. True False Taking the pill increases your risk for breast cancer. True False Taking the pill affects a woman's future fertility, making it harder to become pregnant. True False If you have a low libido, taking the pill can help. True False Progress Read More ContraceptionHealthy LivingThe PillWomen's HealthBirth Control PillQuizBreast Cancer Women's Health Differences Between Working Out in Your 20s vs. Your 30s 20 Things You Never Knew About Boobs Here's What Happens When You Go Off Birth Control 5 Things You Didn't Know Apple Cider Vinegar Could Help With Healthy Living Here's How You Win the Battle Against Procrastination 10 Ski Resorts You'll Want to Visit This Summer What to Eat All Day to Feel Less Bloated The Easiest and Most Satisfying Salad You'll Make This Summer POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests. Get fit with our daily newsletter Running Working Out Weight Loss Yoga Sign up with By signing up, I agree to the Terms and to receive emails from POPSUGAR. turtleshell 5 years I'm so glad I'm on the pill. I essentially never get pimples, have super light periods, and such a slim chance of getting pregnant... (although I do also use condoms). My sister is on the pill also because she has problems with her hormones and otherwise cannot get her period, as well as all sorts of other issues... I think the multitude of benefits as well as the peace of mind it brings outweighs any slightly higher risk of breast cancer. I am fortunate enough not to have a history of cancer in my family, so I am not worried, although I do go for yearly checkups (thanks to being on the pill - my doctor will not give me a prescription for more than a year unless I get a check up!) Berzerker 5 years I don't ingest anything synthetic. Not even asprin. I have J.D Salinger-esque fear of anything impure in my body. Beaner 5 years That's so scary about the pill increasing your risk of breast cancer. I'm glad I went off it many years ago.