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In 1960, oral contraceptives were introduced, paving the way for droves of women to enter the workforce. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "The IUD Vs. The World," 28 June 2018 Do all oral contraceptives consist of the same hormone mix? Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "What Shay Mitchell Wants You to Know About Birth Control," 11 June 2018 Drug companies looking to bring oral contraceptives over the counter might face a similar fight. Megan Thielking, STAT, "Pressure mounts on drug makers to move birth control over the counter," 8 June 2018 Typically, the packages contain 24 days of pink capsules with oral contraceptive hormones, which are then followed by the maroon placebo capsules. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Allergan Recalls Birth Control Pills After They're Packaged Out-of-Order," 30 May 2018 As a result of this packaging error, oral contraceptive capsules, that are taken out of sequence, may place the user at risk for contraceptive failure and unintended pregnancy. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Taytulla Birth Control Recalled," 30 May 2018 The blister packs should have contained pink capsules with oral contraceptive hormones for the first 24 days, followed by four days of maroon capsules without hormones. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, "Allergan recalls birth-control pill packs with out-of-order placebos," 29 May 2018 More Allergan said that oral contraceptive capsules taken out of sequence may place users at risk for contraceptive failure and unintended pregnancy. Austen Hufford, WSJ, "Allergan Recalls Taytulla Birth-Control Packs After Pills Placed Out of Order," 29 May 2018 That’s the conclusion of the latest study on oral contraceptives and the risk of certain cancers, published Jan. 18 in the online medical journal JAMA Oncology. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Taking the pill? You're protecting yourself from some cancers, new study shows," 22 Jan. 2018

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