contraception

noun
con·​tra·​cep·​tion | \ˌkän-trə-ˈsep-shən \

Definition of contraception 

: deliberate prevention of conception or impregnation

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Other Words from contraception

contraceptive \ˌkän-​trə-​ˈsep-​tiv \ adjective or noun

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The number of teen pregnancies in the United States, for example, has decreased dramatically since the 1990s — and a lot of that seems to have to do with young adults using better contraception. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "The American abortion rate is at an all-time low," 3 Dec. 2018 In the crosshairs has been Title X, the nation's first federal program dedicated to supporting family planning services, such as contraception and counseling. Noam N. Levey, latimes.com, "Trump administration moves to put new restrictions on abortion services," 18 May 2018 But women should know that no form of contraception works perfectly, so an unplanned pregnancy could still result from correct usage of this device. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "“Natural” birth-control app dogged by unwanted pregnancies gets FDA approval," 15 Aug. 2018 Overall, the Trump administration has consistently used its power, whether through grants or insurance regulations, to direct money away from contraception. Anna North, Vox, "The Trump administration’s anti-birth control agenda, explained," 12 Nov. 2018 Providing women with a range of different contraceptive options that better meet their family planning needs will help them stay on and use contraception correctly, reducing unplanned pregnancies and improving health outcomes. Korin Miller, SELF, "A Birth Control Ring You Can Use for a Whole Year Is Now FDA-Approved," 14 Aug. 2018 Conservative women and men alike were unmoved by the notion that legalizing contraception would help women achieve greater control over their lives. Eric Herschthal, New Republic, "The KKK’s Attempt to Define America," 16 Jan. 2018 Already, the Supreme Court is being asked to take a pair of cases involving states’ decisions to bar Planned Parenthood clinics from receiving public money to provide contraception and other services to people on Medicaid. Amy Goldstein, Washington Post, "Democrats say Kavanaugh could help end Obamacare, but court likely to deal with narrower issues," 12 July 2018 Religion Judge Kavanaugh disagreed with his colleagues in a 2015 case about a part of the Affordable Care Act that required insurers to cover contraception. Charlie Savage, New York Times, "Brett Kavanaugh on the Issues: Abortion, Guns, Climate and More," 10 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 \

Medical Definition of contraception 

: deliberate prevention of conception or impregnation

Other Words from contraception

contraceptive \-​ˈsep-​tiv \ adjective or noun

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