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TURKEY BASTER "Alternative insemination" has been performed since the 1940s, but lesbians and single women were initially denied access. In 1983, these women started utilizing a do-it-yourself method, injecting sperm into the vagina with a common turkey baster.

THE PILLS The century saw the introduction of a number of pharmaceuticals that dramatically changed women's lives. The birth control pill provided more command over reproduction than ever before, and hormone replacement therapy took a lot of the sturm and drang out of menopause. But both posed serious health threats. By 1983, RU486, otherwise known as the "abortion pill," was being tested in the U.S., promising to make abortion providers a harder target for the rabid antiabortion crowd. And the last decade saw the rise of a "Prozac nation." The drug was recommended to women twice as often as to men, and while it was great for relieving depression, it didn't address why so many of us were depressed in the first place. FEMALE CONDOM Approved for use in the U.S. in 1994, it gave women more control not only of their reproductive lives but of their sexual health as well.
MARGARET SANGER'S FAMILY LIMITATION In 1916, the pioneering reproductive-rights activist made information about reproductive and contraceptive devices available to the public for the first time. ULTRASOUND Introduced into obstetrics in the late 1950s, this technological development produced a realistic picture of the fetus. The image was a benefit for happily expectant parents, but it also played into the hands of antiabortion forces, who emphasized the fetus's "personhood." MAMMOGRAM In common use by the late 1980s, it enabled a more reliable search for breast cancer cells.
TAMPONS Tampax introduced the first commercially successful tampons in 1936. The product allowed women more freedom while they were "on the rag," "off the roof," "having fleas," or plagued with "the curse." But the plugs were a mixed blessing. During the 1970s, health activists protested the manufacture of tampons with dioxin, which was a known carcinogen. COAT HANGER Until 1973, when the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion, women were forced to undergo crude and dengerous abortions, including those done with a coat hanger.

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