non·​hor·​mon·​al ˌnän-hȯr-ˈmō-nᵊl How to pronounce nonhormonal (audio)
: not hormonal : not relating to, utilizing, or caused by hormones
a nonhormonal contraception method
nonhormonal acne

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Your Choice Therapeutics and Eppin Pharma are also pursuing nonhormonal forms of male contraception. Wired, 24 July 2022 YourChoice chief executive Akash Bakshi and co-founder Nadja Mannowetz launched the company to develop nonhormonal options for both biological sexes, Bakshi said. Caroline Hopkins, NBC News, 17 July 2022 Effective, nonhormonal choices are important, said Daniel Johnston, chief of the National Institutes of Health Contraception Research Branch. Caroline Hopkins, NBC News, 17 July 2022 However, the type of birth control—hormonal versus nonhormonal—will likely play a large role. Ashley Abramson, SELF, 7 July 2022 This noise has gotten louder with the arrival of Phexxi, a new nonhormonal birth control method. Anna Maltby, ELLE, 3 Feb. 2022 Copper IUDs, the only nonhormonal option, make the lining of the uterus inhospitable to sperm. Ginny Graves, Allure, 8 Apr. 2019 These nonhormonal early versions probably worked by interfering with ovulation, fertilization, or implantation by causing mild inflammation of the endometrium. Carolyn Todd, Allure, 12 July 2018 And nonhormonal options such as the copper coil have been reported as painful to insert and tied to longer, heavier periods. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, 24 May 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonhormonal was in 1925

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“Nonhormonal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition


non·​hor·​mo·​nal -hȯr-ˈmōn-ᵊl How to pronounce nonhormonal (audio)
: not hormonal : not relating to, utilizing, or caused by hormones
nonhormonal therapies
nonhormonal acne
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