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

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Others have suggested that the judge holds extreme views on birth control. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Read the full transcript of Sen. Collins’s speech announcing she’ll vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh," 5 Oct. 2018 But to act like Brett Kavanaugh said anything about his jurisprudence on birth control at the hearing is a lie. Fox News, "Ingraham: The new American left: agents of hatred," 12 Sep. 2018 The trouble is, unlike the standard efficacy ratings for other birth control methods, the efficacy rates claimed by Natural Cycles are not based on rigorous clinical trials. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "“Natural” birth-control app dogged by unwanted pregnancies gets FDA approval," 15 Aug. 2018 The reason [those taking birth control] tend to have fewer cramps is birth control pills work by blocking ovulation. Shanelle Drakeford, Allure, "How to Alleviate Period Cramps, According to Doctors," 8 July 2018 During the past few years, questions of religion have rocketed in importance to those on the right as a response to the Obama era, which brought an expansion of gay rights, increased access to birth control and other changes. Amy Goldstein,, "Judicial views on religion likely to figure into a fierce Supreme Court confirmation fight," 8 July 2018 The small blackheads that have appeared on my cheekbones since going on birth control turn into craters, waiting to be dug out. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "My Acne-Picking Habit Has Changed Me in Unexpected Ways," 25 June 2018 The 1977 Hyde Amendment already blocks taxpayer money from being used to fund abortions, so Trump's new rule would affect low-income people who depend on Title X funds for access to birth control and other services like STI testing and treatment., "Trump Uses National 20-Week Abortion Ban As A Rallying Cry For The Midterm Election," 23 May 2018 The majority of the macaques are on birth control with no current plans to breed or grow the population at the zoo. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "New Macaque monkeys at Indianapolis Zoo known for swimming, diving and photo-bombing," 22 May 2018

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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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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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