birth control


Definition of birth control

1 : control of the number of children or offspring born especially by preventing or lessening the frequency of conception : contraception
2 : contraceptive devices or preparations

Examples of birth control in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Will a Biden administration renew efforts to sue charitable orders like the Little Sister of the Poor in an effort to force them to pay for birth control in violation of their religious beliefs? David Harsanyi, National Review, "Questions the Media Should Ask Joe Biden," 8 Sep. 2020 An Associated Press investigation similarly found widespread and systematic, forced birth control. Sam Dorman, Fox News, "State Department renews scrutiny of China amid report of Uighur infanticide, forced abortions," 19 Aug. 2020 This type of hair shedding is actually quite common, especially after hormonal changes (such as giving birth or going off birth control) as well as other big or stressful life experiences, including recovering from a serious illness. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Alyssa Milano Experienced Hair Loss After COVID-19—and She’s Not the Only One," 11 Aug. 2020 However, a spike in birth control requests may make a coronavirus baby boom unlikely. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus baby boom may actually be a 'baby bust' as experts see spike in birth control orders," 30 June 2020 My colleague Emma Hinchliffe reports that a lack of U.S. Postal Service funding is threatening women’s access to birth control. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "We need a COVID vaccine. We also need to figure out how to get it to people," 27 Aug. 2020 Last week, a paper in the journal Endocrinology found that patients infected with COVID-19 during pregnancy, as well as those on certain kinds of birth control pills, may be vulnerable to deadly blood clots. Kate Smith, CBS News, "Many couples are putting pregnancy plans on hold because of the pandemic," 10 Aug. 2020 There are risks associated with taking birth control pills, and some types can actually make your acne worse. Kristin Koch, Seventeen, "30 Dermatologist-Tested Tips for Getting Rid of Acne, Like, REALLY Fast," 1 Aug. 2020 However, in this study of more than 295,000 U.K. women on the pill and more than 150,000 women on hormone replacement, taking hormone replacement therapy did not have the same protective effect as hormonal birth control. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "What People Taking Birth Control Should Know About COVID-19 and Blood Clots," 12 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of birth control

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Sep 2020

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“Birth control.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of birth control

: things that are done to keep a woman from becoming pregnant

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Medical Definition of birth control

1 : control of the number of children born especially by preventing or lessening the frequency of conception : contraception
2 : contraceptive devices or preparations

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