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

Examples of contraception in a Sentence

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The laws vary by state, with some limiting the types of contraception allowed to be prescribed by pharmacists or not allowing those under 18 to receive them. Scott Bauer, chicagotribune.com, "Wisconsin Republicans break with anti-abortion groups, push for bill that broadens birth control access," 14 Aug. 2019 A year later, Senator Gaylord Nelson held hearings to determine if oral contraception was safe and if women had enough information about its side effects and potential risks. Brittany Risher, Woman's Day, "Is Your Daughter's Birth Control Pill the Same One You Took As a Teen?," 2 Aug. 2019 Starting in the 19th century in Britain and reaching most of the world by the end of the 20th century, birth rates plummeted — mostly because of women’s education and access to contraception, not draconian population laws. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "We’ve worried about overpopulation for centuries. And we’ve always been wrong.," 20 Aug. 2019 But while that culture war rages, significant changes in access to contraception attract less attention. The Economist, "Abortion laws get more attention in the culture wars," 20 July 2019 Her first meaty assignment was a story for Esquire on the state of contraception. Karen Karbo, National Geographic, "How Gloria Steinem became the 'world’s most famous feminist'," 25 Mar. 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 Refusing morning-after pill Pharmacists or other health professionals who object to emergency contraception can refuse to fill a patient's prescription for that type of birth control. Dustin Gardiner, azcentral, "10 Arizona laws that actually exist: Private armies, food-wasting ban, windshield repairs," 27 June 2018 More recently, opportunities for migration, universal access to contraception, the increase of women in higher education and greater female participation in the labor force have led many to delay starting their families. Time, "White Nationalists Have Capitalized on the West’s Population Problem. These Policies Could Help," 5 June 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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