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 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 The still lifes feature objects that are simultaneously mundane and loaded with personal meaning, like ticket stubs, snapshots and birth control pills. New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 20 June 2018 Apps and telemedicine services are making birth control pills and other methods available without even a visit to a doctor. New York Times, "Bulwark Against an Abortion Ban? Medical Advances," 1 July 2018 Saw palmetto, which is in both Tati Westbrook’s new supplement and Nutrafol, could possibly affect the efficacy of estrogen-containing birth control pills. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Vitamins for your hair, nails, and skin are everywhere on Instagram. Don’t fall for them.," 9 Apr. 2018 Because the Aquarium’s goal isn’t to raise successive generations of dolphins dependent on humans, the animals will continue to receive their equivalent of birth control pills. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "National Aquarium dolphins are learning their biggest trick yet — traveling to a new home," 23 May 2018 The drugmaker said Tuesday the physician sample packs of Taytulla were designed to have 24 active birth control pills, followed by four placebo pills, taken daily over the course of 28 days. Austen Hufford, WSJ, "Allergan Recalls Taytulla Birth-Control Packs After Pills Placed Out of Order," 29 May 2018 But beyond the physical challenges, cultural and political realities have also made developing a male birth control pill really tricky. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "What You Need to Know About Male Birth Control Pills," 1 Feb. 2018 Allergan recalled one lot of Taytulla birth control pills sample packs after a packaging snafu put placebo capsules in slots meant for actual birth control capsules. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Here's why these birth control pills don't work and have been recalled," 30 May 2018

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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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