Fifty years of the Pill: How it freed women from the fear of unwanted pregnancy, but also brought dangers

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By Jenni Murray
Last updated at 10:09 PM on 5th May 2010

October 1968 and an 18-year-old student is beginning to settle into her first term at university.

It’s her first taste of freedom away from the watchful eyes of strict parents and grandparents.

The sexual revolution – that heady period that to her contemporaries had meant ‘nice girls did, if they felt like it’ – had been far from an option for the only daughter in a family where nice girls absolutely didn’t. Now was her chance.

She, of course, was me.


Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.