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Protestant Christians have been debating – and more often than not, supporting – modern contraceptives since they first appeared. Bettmann/Bettman via Getty Images

Protestants and the pill: How US Christians helped make birth control mainstream

Conservative Christians have cheered restrictions on some birth control. But many decades ago, Christian leaders’ support helped contraceptives become acceptable in the first place.
Pope Paul VI banned contraception for Catholics in the 1968 encyclical, “Humanae Vitae.” AP Photo/Jim Pringle

How the Catholic Church came to oppose birth control

July marks 50 years of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical prohibiting contraceptive use. For many years prior to it, the church had not been so explicit on its stance. How did it become such a thorny issue?
When looking for the right pill, women want to weigh up the cost, safety, efficacy and side effects of the pill. NordWood Themes

How to choose the right contraceptive pill for you

There are more than 30 different types of contraceptive pills. But brand names such as Microgynon, Levlen, Yaz and Brenda give little indication of the ingredients, dose or who should use them.

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