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The Pill Turns 50 — What Do You Know About It?

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?

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turtleshell turtleshell 6 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 Berzerker 6 years
I don't ingest anything synthetic. Not even asprin. I have J.D Salinger-esque fear of anything impure in my body.
Beaner Beaner 6 years
That's so scary about the pill increasing your risk of breast cancer. I'm glad I went off it many years ago.
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