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From mercury to microneedles: A brief history of contraceptive innovation

June 03, 2019

Throughout history, women have sought to control their fertility. Some of the methods they used to prevent pregnancy were dangerous and ineffective. Others form the basis of modern contraceptive methods.

Today, despite the availability of a wide range of contraceptive products, more than 200 million women who want to control their fertility lack access to methods that are acceptable and affordable. Working with our partners, FHI 360 is expanding access to quality, affordable and acceptable new contraceptive methods.

This timeline presents adapted highlights from the full timeline that will be on display at FHI 360’s booth at Women Deliver 2019.