birth control

noun

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

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Use backup birth control for seven days just to be safe. Korin Miller, SELF, "How to Insert NuvaRing So It Stays in Place," 25 Jan. 2019 Women with periods spend decades dealing with their bloody companions, whether that's by maintaining a cabinet full of tampons or using birth control to help manage painful menstruation symptoms. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "How Long Does Menopause Last?," 6 Sep. 2018 Critics want the government to instead use birth control to manage wild horse populations. Fox News, "Drought forces emergency measures for US West's wild horses," 23 July 2018 This could include hormonal and non-hormonal therapies, such as low-dose birth control, SSRIs (a form of antidepressants), and both prescriptive and over-the-counter treatments for vaginal dryness, according to the Office on Women's Health. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "How Long Does Menopause Last?," 6 Sep. 2018 Other than a full vasectomy, men have no real birth control options beside the condom. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "This New Topical Gel Birth Control For Men Could Change Everything," 30 Nov. 2018 Today a suite of fertility apps and laboratory-grade ovulation test strips make natural family planning more accessible than ever—not only for the religious, but also for the countless women who have grown wary of hormonal birth control. Ashley Mcguire, WSJ, "The Controversial Text That Saved Me," 26 July 2018 However, the Affordable Care Act requires insurers and employers (except those who object for moral or religious reasons) to cover IUDs and other birth control options without a copay. Ashley Oerman, Cosmopolitan, "18 Things Every Woman Should Know About Getting an IUD," 6 Feb. 2018 The administration has been chipping away at the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act, which requires most employers to offer insurance that covers birth control, for more than a year. Anna North, Vox, "The Trump administration’s anti-birth control agenda, explained," 12 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of birth control

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of birth control was in 1876

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birth control

noun

English Language Learners Definition of birth control

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

birth control

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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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