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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Recent Examples on the Web Some oral contraceptive providers report that their customers aren’t receiving their medication on time. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "Moms are getting fewer raises and promotions than dads while working remotely," 28 Aug. 2020 According to the Centers for Disease Control, 12.6% of American women between the ages of 15 and 49 take an oral contraceptive; thousands of those women receive their pills by mail. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, "USPS delays threaten women’s access to birth control," 27 Aug. 2020 Shaw said that in the short term, women in the developing world are likely to shift from highly effective long-acting reversible contraceptives such as injectables, implants, and IUDs, to condoms or oral contraceptive pills. Anna Louie Sussman, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic Has Broken the Sexual-Health Supply Chain," 8 June 2020 Melasma may develop as a result of hormone changes due to pregnancy or certain medications, such as oral contraceptives. Mayo Clinic News Network, chicagotribune.com, "Mayo Clinic Q&A: Treating melasma," 22 Nov. 2019 For women who prefer oral contraceptives, but want to ditch the inflexible schedule of traditional pills, an alternative is in the works. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Once-a-Month Birth Control Pill Seems to Have Worked in Pigs. Are People Next?," 5 Dec. 2019 Today, close to 9.6 million American women take the pill daily, which means oral contraceptive is still the leading most popular form of birth control. Brianna Holt, Quartz, "Women are ditching the pill in droves for more convenient options," 24 Oct. 2019 Five of the seven secret shoppers claimed to have medical conditions that would make taking certain oral contraceptives risky. NBC News, "Online services for birth control pills appear safe to use, study says," 5 Oct. 2019 The oral contraceptive is one of the most popular contraception methods used around the world. Eric Cheung, CNN, "Scientists say a once-a-month birth control pill works on pigs. They want to test it on people next," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of oral contraceptive

1959, in the meaning defined above

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13 Oct 2020

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“Oral contraceptive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oral%20contraceptive. Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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