contraception

noun
con·​tra·​cep·​tion | \ ˌkän-trə-ˈsep-shən How to pronounce contraception (audio) \

Definition of contraception

: deliberate prevention of conception or impregnation

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Other Words from contraception

contraceptive \ ˌkän-​trə-​ˈsep-​tiv How to pronounce contraceptive (audio) \ adjective or noun

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The Title X program, enacted in 1970, provided federal grants totaling about $286 million in fiscal 2017 for family planning, contraception and related preventive health services. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "Trump Administration Curbs Federal Funding for Clinics Providing Abortions," 22 Feb. 2019 There was a brief prohibition against all means of contraception in 1588 under Pope Sixtus V, however, it was ignored by both the clergy and the commoners, and repealed immediately following Pope Sixtus V’s death. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Catholic Church Has No Moral Argument on Abortions," 11 Feb. 2019 Little Sisters of the Poor, a group of nuns who have been in a legal battle with the government over an Affordable Care Act mandate to provide employees with contraception, are still facing court battles. Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Washington Post, "Amid Stormy Daniels news, Trump expected to announce faith-based office on National Day of Prayer," 3 May 2018 Page is among a group of UW researchers who have been working on male contraception for decades. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "More effective than condoms? Seattle-area couples test new birth control for men," 11 Dec. 2018 Like Manning -- who once suggested that contraception doesn't work -- Huber has a record of skepticism about birth control. Washington Post, "The Health 202: NIH wants 1 million Americans to contribute to new pool of gene data," 16 Jan. 2018 Not only does access to birth control help people take more control over their reproductive lives, contraception is helpful for managing many medical issues, SELF wrote previously. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "A Federal Judge Blocked the Trump Administration's New Birth Control Rules in 13 States and D.C.," 14 Jan. 2019 The report suggests that one way to alleviate the effects of a growing population is to make sure that women have information about, and access to, contraception. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "A roadmap to agriculture that’s sustainable and climate-neutral," 15 Oct. 2018 Without contraception, women’s health and futures are at risk. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Marie Claire, "If You're Not Worried About Justice Kavanaugh Overturning Roe v. Wade—You Should Be," 24 July 2018

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First Known Use of contraception

1886, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for contraception

contra- + conception

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The first known use of contraception was in 1886

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contraception

noun

English Language Learners Definition of contraception

: things that are done to prevent a woman from becoming pregnant

contraception

noun
con·​tra·​cep·​tion | \ ˌkän-trə-ˈsep-shən How to pronounce contraception (audio) \

Medical Definition of contraception

: deliberate prevention of conception or impregnation

Other Words from contraception

contraceptive \ -​ˈsep-​tiv How to pronounce contraceptive (audio) \ adjective or noun

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