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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Recent Examples on the Web Traditional birth control pills can also cause blood clots and increase the risk of heart problems like a stroke or heart attack. Fortune, "Birth control gel approved as first no-hormone option in decades," 22 May 2020 In some cases, birth control pills or a course of Accutane may be prescribed, as well as the medication Spironolactone. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Treat Cystic Acne for Clearer Skin," 31 Oct. 2019 The birth control pill is an imperfect—though still awesome—invention. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "Signs You’re on the Wrong Birth Control Pill," 3 Apr. 2019 But Planned Parenthood's website notes that in these cases, patients may be able to use the PPDirect app for certain services, such as to get a prescription for the birth control pill or to receive treatment for a urinary tract infection. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, "Planned Parenthood To Stay Open During The Coronavirus Pandemic," 23 Mar. 2020 The tea’s ingredients can decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills, and women claimed the company did not make this abundantly clear. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "A Brief History of Instagram’s Trouble with ‘Weight-Loss Tea’," 6 Mar. 2020 What everyone’s talking about A once-a-month birth control pill? Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "'If you are going to impeach me, do it now'," 5 Dec. 2019 The creation of a monthly birth control pill would help to increase the effectiveness of the contraceptive, researchers said. BostonGlobe.com, "Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say they are developing a monthly birth control pill.," 4 Dec. 2019 That’s why researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (with support from the Gates Foundation) are trying to create a once-a-month birth control pill. Alice Park, Time, "Researchers Make Progress Toward a Monthly Birth Control Pill," 4 Dec. 2019

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1916, 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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