Today is World Contraception Day!

World Contraception Day aims to improve awareness and access to the many contraceptive methods available, and to help people make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health.

Display case with one contraceptive pill stating 'the pill that changed the world' against a backdrop of visitors' comments 'Let's talk about sex'

‘The pill that changed the world’ on display at Te Papa (photograph by Kate Whitley, MA_I362315)

Contraception: Uncovering the collection of Dame Margaret Sparrow is an exhibition at Te Papa which features just about every contraceptive device you can think of, from the dubious to almost 100% reliable.

Contraception is one of the most important inventions in human history, but the actual objects are small and humble…and sometimes quite curious.

Lippes Loop intrauterine device (IUD), 1990s

Lippes Loop intrauterine device (IUD), 1960s-80s. Gift of Dame Margaret Sparrow, 2011 (Te Papa, GH022291)

We’ve had great advice from our visitors and look forward to much more!

Visitors comments in Te Papa's Contraception exhibition

Visitors comments in the exhibition (photograph by Kate Whitley, MA_I362306)

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