Musings on Birth Control Names and Packaging

Leena, Cryselle, and Loryna… Ever notice how the names for your birth control pills are very different from all your other medications? Even the packaging is distinct and unlike any others. There’s no argument that it’s a lot easier to request a refill of your Yaz or Gianvi than to ask for drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol (the true generic medication names).

What do you think about the names…easy to remember or just silly? How about the packaging…does it help you keep track of pills?

Birth Control Packaging Gianvi Yaz

 

Prosperous Not for Profit

A little while ago I was talking with a friend and realized that among Yasmin, Ella, Lola, Chaya, Jadelle, Yaz, I wasn’t sure if I was speaking about my other female friends or various types of birth control.

For the sake of this not turning into a bad observational humor piece, I realize that a majority of birth control products do have very non-human names and potentially are very hard to differentiate (Ortho-cyclen vs. Tri-cyclen for example).

But how many condoms or even erectile dysfunction drugs are have male-sounding names? Would you ever see a condom called Fred? Chad? or even the perfect condom brand, Dick?

I’m very curious about the reasoning behind these advertising and packaging choices. I’m lucky (or unlucky) enough to not yet have a birth control or women’s health medicine named after me, even though I have a very common white name.

Is there a reason…

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