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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That’s not as effective as condoms, which are about 82-percent effective IRL, or birth control pills, which are about 91-percent effective. Gigi Engle, Allure, "9 Sex Myths You Need to Stop Believing," 18 Jan. 2018 The most common causes of an unusually heavy discharge are birth control pills and IUDs. Elizabeth Durand Streisand, Good Housekeeping, "What the Color of Your Vaginal Discharge Means, According to Gynos," 27 Nov. 2018 The science behind this is sketchy at best — daily birth control pills, hormonal IUDs, and emergency contraception all work primarily by inhibiting fertilization of an egg, not by preventing implantation of a fertilized embryo. Anna North, Vox, "Kavanaugh’s description of birth control as “abortion-inducing drugs,” explained," 7 Sep. 2018 Some types of contraception, like certain birth control pills and hormonal IUDs, can cause people to stop having periods completely, Dr. Prager says. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "Can Traveling Really Make Your Period Late?," 10 Aug. 2018 That number suggests that the app beats condoms’ effectiveness rate, which is 82 percent in typical use, and that of hormonal birth control pills, which are 91 percent effective in typical use. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Birth control app Natural Cycles ran a misleading Facebook ad claiming to be ‘highly accurate’," 29 Aug. 2018 Getty Images Have you ever actually read the mini pamphlet that comes with your birth control pills? Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "ALERT: Leaving Your Birth Control Pills in Your Car Could Get You Pregnant," 27 July 2018 Even if pregnancy prevention isn’t really on your radar right now, certain types of hormonal birth control pills can help relieve severe acne — especially if your flare-ups seem to sync with your cycle. Kara Wahlgren, Seventeen, "What Type of Birth Control is Best for Treating Acne?," 2 Feb. 2018 The use of condoms increased, as did the use of birth control pills. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Cultural barriers still stand in the way of HPV vaccine uptake," 4 Nov. 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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