birth control pill

noun

Definition of birth control pill

: any of various preparations that usually contain both a progestin (such as norethindrone) and an estrogen (such as ethinyl estradiol), are taken orally especially on a daily basis, and act as contraceptives typically preventing ovulation by suppressing secretion of gonadotropins (such as luteinizing hormone)

called also oral contraceptive

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The bill would allow pharmacists to prescribe hormonal contraceptive patches and birth control pills, but patients would first have to fill out a self-assessment questionnaire and undergo a blood pressure screening. Scott Bauer, chicagotribune.com, "Wisconsin Republicans break with anti-abortion groups, push for bill that broadens birth control access," 14 Aug. 2019 The patent on the birth control pill was held by Rosenkranz, a fellow chemist named Carl Djerassi and one of their students, Luis Miramontes. Steve Marble, latimes.com, "George Rosenkranz, the chemist who changed the world with ‘the pill,’ dies at 102," 27 June 2019 Five years of trials were needed to demonstrate its safety and effectiveness for the birth control pill. Robert D. Mcfadden, BostonGlobe.com, "George Rosenkranz, a developer of the birth control pill, dies at 102," 26 June 2019 The evening after the party, for example, one of Aljadaan’s friends came to Baalke’s home and dropped off morning-after birth control pills, according to the police report. oregonlive.com, "Saudi students escaping US justice: Amid political impasse, one sexual assault survivor speaks out," 2 Aug. 2019 For adult women, birth control pills with low-dose estrogen and progesterone are often helpful, says Melanie Palm, MD, a dermatologist in San Diego. Christina Heiser, NBC News, "What are the best skin care products for acne-prone skin? Look for these key ingredients," 25 July 2019 Additionally, people who struggle with diarrhea during their periods could also consider using a birth control pill with estrogen and progesterone continuously, McGuire said. Jo Yurcaba, Woman's Day, "There's a Reason You Get Really Bad Diarrhea During Your Period," 3 June 2019 Five years of trials were needed to demonstrate its safety and effectiveness for the birth control pill. Robert D. Mcfadden, BostonGlobe.com, "George Rosenkranz, a developer of the birth control pill, dies at 102," 26 June 2019 Five years of trials were needed to demonstrate its safety and effectiveness for the birth control pill. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "George Rosenkranz, a Developer of the Birth Control Pill, Dies at 102," 23 June 2019

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1951, in the meaning defined above

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birth control pill

noun

Medical Definition of birth control pill

: any of various preparations that usually contain a combination of a progestogen (as norethindrone) and an estrogen (as ethinyl estradiol) but sometimes only a progestogen, are taken orally especially on a daily basis, and act as contraceptives typically preventing ovulation by suppressing secretion of gonadotropins (as luteinizing hormone)

called also oral contraceptive, oral contraceptive pill

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