Birth Control

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The Birth Control Pill: Providing Surprises In Life
Allison Wang
California Polytechnic University Pomona
Professor Lord
ANT 350
Research Paper

Abstract The pharmaceutical field has overcome countless medical feats since the early times. While “the pill” itself was considered a brand new invention, the idea of creating a birth control pill was not. Since the old times primitive condoms were made from animal intestines and fish bladders. However, it wasn’t until after Margaret Sanger’s multiple convictions and persistent attitude, that a judge ended the Comstock era, providing Sanger with the opportunity to stress the importance of having birth control in th for of a pill to the public. In less than a decade after
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An example of this would be during world war one when the United States’ government tried to teach their soldiers abstinence. However, this only resulted in U.S. troops obtaining condoms while abroad. As a result, in 1918, condoms became legal again when the war ended.
Creation of the Birth Control Pill No one person created the product of the birth control pill. In fact, many died before the process could be completed. To begin with, an Austrian physiology professor named Ludwig Haberlandt demonstrated on mice that fertility could be prevented by feeding the mice ovarian extracts. In 1920, a man named Otfried Otto Fellner gave steroids to various animals which also prevented fertility. He created an extract called Infecundin which he never got the chance of administering due to his early death. On the other hand, because of Austria’s takeover due to Hitler’s reign in Germany, Fellner vanished never to be found again. The idea of steroid chemistry at the time was a relatively new concept. During this time it took over 80 thousand sow ovaries to produce only 12 milligrams of estradiol, an estrogen found in ovaries. To produce 1 milligram of progesterone, it toke the ovaries of 2500 pigs. It would not be until the early 1940s that Russell Marker discovers the process to manufacture massive amounts of steroid hormones could be produced to lower the consumer cost. Marker believed that the solution to this issue would be found in a
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