Ovral Oral Contraceptive

Description (Brief)
The popularity of “the Pill” created a new market for pharmaceutical companies. For the first time, healthy women would be taking medication for an extended period of time. Pill manufacturers developed unique packaging in order to distinguish their product from those of their competitors and build brand loyalty. Packaging design often incorporated a “memory aid” to assist women in tracking their daily pill regimen, as well as styled cases to allow pills to be discreetly carried in bags and purses. The National Museum of American History’s Division of Medicine and Science’s collection of oral contraceptives illustrates some of the changes that the packaging and marketing of the Pill underwent from its inception in 1960 to the present.
Wyeth Laboratories Inc. produced this Ovral brand oral contraceptive around 1982. The 21 pills are encased in a plastic and aluminum blister pack with punch-outs on the reverse. The blister pack is surrounded by a white plastic holder with the days of the week embossed around the perimeter. The blister pack has a rectangular white plastic carrying pouch that is decorated with two blue flowers and a yellow-green butterfly. The Ovral pill regimen came with a separate white paper insert with instructions for the user.
Currently not on view
Object Name
oral contraceptive
contraceptive, oral
date made
ca 1982
Wyeth Laboratories Inc.
Physical Description
plastic (pouch material)
plastic (blister pack material)
foil (blister pack material)
paper (insert material)
overall: 14.2 cm x 5.6 cm x .5 cm; 5 9/16 in x 2 3/16 in x 3/16 in
overall: 2 1/8 in x 5 1/2 in x 1/4 in; 5.3975 cm x 13.97 cm x .635 cm
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Birth Control/Contraception
Health & Medicine
Birth Control
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Birth Control
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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