oral contraceptive

noun

plural oral contraceptives
: any of various preparations that typically contain progestin either alone or in combination with estrogen, are taken orally especially on a daily basis, and act as contraceptives (see contraceptive entry 1) by preventing ovulation, thickening cervical mucus, or thinning the uterine lining : birth control pill
Johns Hopkins University has estimated that 80 percent of American women born since 1945 have used oral contraceptives at some time.The New York Times
And because it's a combined oral contraceptive … meaning that it contains progestin and estrogen, it's not recommended for nursing moms …Caitlin Stine
She is considering having another child and is wondering whether she should discontinue oral contraceptives to attempt pregnancy.G. Adam Davidson

Examples of oral contraceptive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some studies have indicated that women using oral contraceptive pills may experience lower incidences of anterior cruciate ligament injuries, Rodriguez said. Alyssa Hui, Verywell Health, 13 May 2024 What to Know About the Birth Control Patch Barriers to Birth Control Access With all of the birth control options on the market, oral contraceptives like Opill remain the most popular. Emily Nadal, Parents, 13 July 2023 As a natural dietary supplement, PhenQ can safely be taken with oral contraceptives without interfering with their effectiveness. Mark Jackson, Discover Magazine, 2 Apr. 2024 For context, that's less than those who used oral contraceptive pills (14%) but more than the amount who used condoms (8.4%). Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, 7 Mar. 2024 Other acne treatment options include oral isotretinoin (Accutane) for severe acne and hormonal therapy such as spironolactone with oral contraceptives for girls with moderate acne. Casey Gallagher, Verywell Health, 2 Mar. 2024 This approach makes sense, because oral contraceptives are as safe as these and other OTC drugs, and the potential for misuse or abuse is low. Dana Singiser, STAT, 23 Aug. 2023 There’s a lack of systematic and comprehensive data on the peri-conceptional use of oral contraceptives and pregnancy complications and birth outcomes. Joshua Cohen, Forbes, 4 May 2023 The supplement can even reduce the effectiveness of oral contraceptives, which could lead to pregnancy. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 16 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oral contraceptive was in 1932

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“Oral contraceptive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oral%20contraceptive. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

oral contraceptive

noun
: any of various preparations that typically contain a progestin (such as norethindrone or levonorgestrel) either alone or in combination with an estrogen (such as ethinyl estradiol or mestranol), are taken orally especially on a daily basis, and act as contraceptives (see contraceptive entry 1) by preventing ovulation, thickening cervical mucus, or thinning the uterine lining : birth control pill

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