variants or mini-pill or less commonly minipill
plural mini pills or mini-pills also minipills
: a birth control pill that contains a low dose of progestin but no estrogen and is intended to minimize side effects
The combined estrogen-progestin pill and progestin-only "mini pill" prevent ovulation. The mini pill is advised for women who can't take estrogen and for nursing women.Phyllis Schneider
This is the appeal of the mini-pill. Because it does not contain estrogen, which increases the risk of blood clotting …, the progestin-only pill is seen as lower-risk.Cassidy Morrison
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that the combination oral contraceptive is associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and blood clots. In contrast, according to the CDC, the mini pill is not associated with many serious long-term risks.Alisha Haridasani Gupta

Examples of mini pill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But a progestin-only pill, a.k.a. the minipill, sometimes makes acne worse, so one of these is probably not your best bet if blemishes are already the bane of your existence. Juno Demelo, Glamour, 24 Aug. 2021 The minipill may also suppress ovulation, but it’s not guaranteed. Korin Miller, SELF, 19 July 2018 Just like with combination pills, the progestin in the minipill keeps your uterine lining thinner so there's less to shed during your period. SELF, 14 Sep. 2018 Then there are birth control pills without estrogen, which are known as progestin-only pills (also called the minipill). SELF, 14 Sep. 2018 First, the minipill comes with 28 active days and no placebos. Korin Miller, SELF, 11 July 2018 Just like with the minipill, the shot contains only the synthetic female hormone progestin, which prevents ovulation. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, 22 Dec. 2017 Adding too much to your body via birth control could suppress milk supply, Dr. Minkin says, so a doctor will likely steer you in the direction of something like an IUD or the progestin-only minipill. Korin Miller, SELF, 18 Jan. 2018 Then there are progestin-only forms of birth control, like the minipill, the implant, the contraceptive injection, and hormonal IUDs like Mirena. Zahra Barnes, SELF, 23 Feb. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mini pill was in 1968

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“Mini pill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

mini pill

variants or mini-pill also minipill
: a birth control pill that contains a very low dose of a progestin and especially norethindrone but no estrogen and is intended to minimize side effects
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