Oral contraceptives (OCs), known commonly as “the pill,” are prescription medications that prevent pregnancy. The most common brands of OCs contain hormone combinations of estrogen, progestin, and/or progesterone. These products have been used for years and were first launched on the U.S. prescription market in the 1960s. While OCs resulted in a new era of pregnancy protection for women, they were not without potential side effects to be considered, including risk of blood clots, heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, and breast cancer (particularly for women who smoke). To date, OCs have proven to be one of the most popular forms of birth control, due to ease of use, efficacy, and their good safety profile for most women. Continue reading
The emergency contraceptives segments of the OTC feminine products market, particularly Teva Pharmaceuticals’ Plan B and store brand copies of Plan B, drove significant gains for the otherwise flat category, according to Kline’s just-published Nonprescription Drugs USA 2016 study. Sales of OTC contraceptive products continue to show strong growth in 2016 as a category, driven entirely by steadily expanding consumer awareness, appeal, and accessibility to the relatively new and expanding range of emergency feminine contraceptive products.Continue reading
With over 100 million copies of Fifty Shades of Grey sold and the popularity of such TV series as HBO’s “Girls” and Showtime’s ”Masters of Sex”, a paradigm shift in attitudes towards personal intimacy and enhancement products has emerged. Today, a number of marketers and retailers are embracing this movement and taking it mainstream, catering to the needs of a wide spectrum of consumers from college students to seniors.
With a dynamic sexual wellness market afoot, the need for accurate market research is paramount. Kline & Company is announcing the undertaking of a comprehensive study Sexual Wellness: U.S. Market Analysis and Opportunities, offering a first-of-its-kind assessment of this fast growing and highly fragmented market.Continue reading