mini·​pill | \ˈmi-nē-ˌpil \

Definition of minipill 

: a birth control pill that contains a very low dose of progesterone but no estrogen, is taken daily, and is intended to minimize side effects

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Then there are birth control pills without estrogen, which are known as progestin-only pills (also called the minipill). SELF, "Here’s Exactly How to Find the Best Birth Control Pill for You," 14 Sep. 2018 First, the minipill comes with 28 active days and no placebos. Korin Miller, SELF, "Is There Any Reliable Way to Make Your Period Come Faster?," 11 July 2018 Just like with the minipill, the shot contains only the synthetic female hormone progestin, which prevents ovulation. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Behold: The Best Birth Control to Fix Your Terrible Period Cramps," 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, "7 Signs an IUD Is Right for You—and 5 It Isn’t," 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, "This Is Exactly What Happens During Your Menstrual Cycle," 23 Feb. 2018 The progestin-containing IUD, implant, shot or minipill all work well for this. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "I’m in my 40s, do I still need birth control?," 12 May 2017 Other great options which don’t contain the hormone estrogen include IUDs, implants, shots and minipills. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "I’m in my 40s, do I still need birth control?," 12 May 2017

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1968, in the meaning defined above

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mini·​pill | \ˈmin-ē-ˌpil \

Medical Definition of minipill 

: a birth control pill that is intended to minimize side effects, contains a very low dose of a progestogen and especially norethindrone but no estrogen, and is taken daily

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