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1700s: The Dutch-Cap was used for birth control. A half of a lemon was
used as a cervical cap for women.
Late 1700s: Casanova popularizes an early version of the condom.
1806: Dr. Ewell suggest that couples "copulate in vessels filled with
carbonic acid or azotic gas" as a birth-control method.
1838: Infanticide is proposed for family planning.
1847: Goodyear discovers a way to vulcanize rubber, leading to the
production of rubber condoms.
1882: Aletta Jacobs opens the first birth control clinic.
1883: Diaphragm is invented.
1883: First vasectomy is
1909: First IUD invented in
1910: Margaret Sanger begins promoting birth control in New York.
1930: Research is published that shows the success rate of the IUD.
1930: Researchers show the validity of the rhythm method.
1951: First version of the pill is
created by Car Djerassi.
1960: FDA approves the pill.
1963: IUD becomes widely available.
1973: The landmark case, Roe vs. Wade, essentially made abortion
legal and protected abortion rights.
1970's: Depo-provera injections
become available in 50 nations, though not in the United States until
1988: The cervical cap is approved
by the FDA.
1990: Norplant is first available.
1992: The pill RU-486 is made
available in France, China, and England. This pill can be taken up to nine
weeks after conception and will successfully remove and embryo.
1994: Female condom is
Some information from Sex Lover's Book of Lists by Ron Luis and David Copeland.
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