A History of Innovation in Birth Control
Few advances have given women greater power over their lives than the Pill.
When many people hear the name Bayer, they think of Aspirin®. And, in fact, Bayer's introduction of aspirin in 1899 was a major innovation. What many people don't realize is that Bayer HealthCare is also the world's leading maker of hormonal contraceptives for women.
What's more, the company has a long history of innovation in birth control—stretching back almost to the introduction of the Pill itself in 1960.
Among Bayer HealthCare innovations:
- Introduction of the first European birth control pill, a combined oral contraceptive named Anovlar®, shortly after the world's first version of the Pill was marketed in the United States.
- Introduction of the first progestogen-only pill (mini-pill).
- Introduction of the first low-estrogen-dose pill (micro-pill); that is, a pill containing less than 50 micrograms of estrogen.
- Introduction of the first pill to contain the estrogen estradiol valerate (EV), an estrogen that is converted to estradiol, the same as produced by the woman's body.
The continuing commitment of Bayer(Pty) Ltd to women
In 2010, people all over the world celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Pill, and rightly so. Few technological advances have helped give women greater power over their lives and choices. In the years ahead—as the Pill turns 60, 70, and 80.
Bayer is committed to developing more innovative products that fit women's evolving needs throughout their reproductive years and beyond.
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Last updated on 11 June 2015