It offered sexual independence to women around the world and now the contraceptive pill has been named one of the best inventions of all time.
This innovation in family planning, which was introduced in the 1960s, made it into the top 20 in a list compiled by Tesco Mobile.
Coming in at number 11 in the countdown, it beat inventions such as the washing machine, the steam engine, pain killers and even cars.
According to Dr David Delvin, a GP and family planning expert, roughly one in three females of reproductive age take the pill in the UK.
Over the years there have been several studies into the side effects of this popular form of contraception.
The latest research suggests that it may reduce a woman’s sex drive if taken over a long period of time.
Of course today there are various methods of contraception available to couples, including the implant, the coil, hormone injections and the trusty condom.