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The contraceptive pill was a revolutionary invention. When the Pill turned 50, Time magazine wrote that it had ‘rearranged the furniture of human relations’.

Today, more than 100 million people use the Pill. But the path to where we are now has been thorny, and in many cases, deadly.

In this short video, Natalie Fiennes, author of Behind Closed Doors: Sex Education Transformed (2019), reveals the shocking and controversial history of the contraceptive pill, and assesses the current prospects for a male equivalent.