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Those Deceptive Contraceptives

Edwin J. DeCosta, M.D.
JAMA. 1962;181(2):122-125. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050280052005g.
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DOCTOR, tell me about those new pills about which I hear so much. Is it true that I only have to take one daily for 20 days and I won't get pregnant? Is it true that they are harmless, and, if I wish, I can conceive later? Is it true that... ?

Many questions could be asked and much of what the patient has heard is true, but there are aspects of oral contraception which have not been adequately discussed.

It is not the purpose of this presentation to enter into the moral, sociological, philosophical, or religious pros and cons of contraception. Suffice to say that man has been interested in methods of birth control for a very long time; in fact, discussion and recommendations can be found in ancient Egyptian papyri. But it is only within the last few years that techniques have evolved which, because of their simplicity


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