oral contraceptive

plural oral contraceptives

Definition of oral contraceptive

: any of various preparations (as of norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol) that are taken orally especially on a daily basis and act as contraceptives : 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

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Taking oral contraceptives may help lower your risk of developing ovarian cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. Korin Miller, SELF, "Why Is the 5-Year Survival Rate for Ovarian Cancer So Low?," 21 Nov. 2018 In 1960, oral contraceptives were introduced, paving the way for droves of women to enter the workforce. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "The IUD Vs. The World," 28 June 2018 Do all oral contraceptives consist of the same hormone mix? Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "What Shay Mitchell Wants You to Know About Birth Control," 11 June 2018 Drug companies looking to bring oral contraceptives over the counter might face a similar fight. Megan Thielking, STAT, "Pressure mounts on drug makers to move birth control over the counter," 8 June 2018 Typically, the packages contain 24 days of pink capsules with oral contraceptive hormones, which are then followed by the maroon placebo capsules. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Allergan Recalls Birth Control Pills After They're Packaged Out-of-Order," 30 May 2018 As a result of this packaging error, oral contraceptive capsules, that are taken out of sequence, may place the user at risk for contraceptive failure and unintended pregnancy. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Taytulla Birth Control Recalled," 30 May 2018 The blister packs should have contained pink capsules with oral contraceptive hormones for the first 24 days, followed by four days of maroon capsules without hormones. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, "Allergan recalls birth-control pill packs with out-of-order placebos," 29 May 2018 More Allergan said that oral contraceptive capsules taken out of sequence may place users at risk for contraceptive failure and unintended pregnancy. Austen Hufford, WSJ, "Allergan Recalls Taytulla Birth-Control Packs After Pills Placed Out of Order," 29 May 2018

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1959, in the meaning defined above

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