birth control

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The study noted that the diverse group of participants were not on birth control and were not menopausal or postmenopausal before the pandemic. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 8 Nov. 2022 After political conservatives found success in the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, some are now aiming their sights on birth control. Beverly Keel, Billboard, 5 Oct. 2022 Ruark had panicked after a series of birth control mishaps. Heather Hollingsworth, Chron, 5 Nov. 2022 Ruark had panicked after a series of birth control mishaps. CBS News, 4 Nov. 2022 Of the two neighboring organizations, only Planned Parenthood provides medical services such as Pap smears, birth control and STD treatments. Casey Tolan, CNN, 25 Oct. 2022 Cramping is the main birth control side effect for IUD users. Heather Viggiani, Glamour, 9 Oct. 2022 The camps were part of what the rights groups have called a ruthless campaign against extremism in Xinjiang that included draconian birth control policies and restrictions on people’s movement. Jamey Keaten, ajc, 6 Oct. 2022 As a result, Lilith has discontinued funding abortions and has shifted to offering financial assistance for ultrasounds, birth control, and other reproductive health care services. Madison Feller, ELLE, 30 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of birth control was in 1876

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Cite this Entry

“Birth control.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/birth%20control. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

birth control

noun

1
: control of the number of births especially by preventing or lessening the occurrence of conception
2
: devices or preparations used to prevent pregnancy

Medical Definition

birth control

noun

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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