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

Examples of birth control pill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The research, funding, and social activism that led to the first birth control pill, Enovid — and allowed women across the country to use it. BostonGlobe.com, 26 Aug. 2021 The possibility that Pfleger might have lived if she had been prescribed a different birth control pill haunted her mother, who sued Bayer in 2011. Alexandra D. Lahav, The New York Review of Books, 11 Feb. 2021 The law ensured contraception would remain free in Massachusetts, and required insurers to cover a year’s supply of birth control pill packs, rather than meting them out monthly or quarterly. BostonGlobe.com, 27 Aug. 2021 Spotting during the first three months after going on a new birth control pill is considered fairly normal, Dr. Moritz says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 13 Aug. 2021 In addition, medical advancements and federal regulators’ approval of the birth control pill in the 1960s expanded reproductive freedom for women. Ann M. Oberhauser, The Conversation, 6 July 2021 After attending Husson University in Bangor, Maine, Ms. Pelletier worked as a sales representative at G.D. Searle, the pharmaceutical company that first developed the birth control pill, now owned by Pfizer. New York Times, 10 June 2021 Acts of exploitation included the initial birth control pill tests, which used high doses that were found to have harmful side effects. Mariana Lenharo, Scientific American, 2 Feb. 2021 Feminism, the birth control pill and Roe v. Wade gave women in Margaret’s situation a completely different set of choices. New York Times, 22 Jan. 2021

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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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