birth control pill


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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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,, "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 Democrats also pointed out the broad proposal could also be read as banning many forms of birth control including intrauterine devices and birth control pills. Washington Post, "South Carolina abortion ban bill dies in late-night vote," 4 May 2018 Some people’s brains may be naturally prone to RCVS, but it can also be caused by some medications (including birth control pills), marijuana, or illicit drugs like cocaine and other stimulants. Amanda Macmillan,, "A Man Developed 'Thunderclap Headaches' After He Ate the World's Hottest Pepper. Here's What That Means," 10 Apr. 2018 Now, a male birth control pill could be inching closer to reality, according to the results of a small new study presented in Chicago at the annual Endocrine Society meeting. Julia Zorthian, Time, "Promising Male Birth Control Pill Is Safe and Effective, Study Says," 19 Mar. 2018

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1951, in the meaning defined above

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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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