A fact of life is that it is mostly women who are exposed to the risks of unintended pregnancy and subsequent childbearing. Throughout the long history of humankind, women have always been the vigilant ones in regard to contraception and fertility. In the past, when using male condoms was the only method of contraception, pregnancy was considered almost an unavoidable fate.
So it is no exaggeration to say that the invention of contraceptive methods like the birth control pill and the intrauterine device (IUD) rewrote women’s history. The birth control pill allowed women to plan and control their pregnancy and childbirth. The advent of the birth c