oral contraceptive pill

A pill used to prevent pregnancy. It contains hormones that block the release of eggs from the ovaries. Most oral contraceptives include estrogen and progestin. Also called birth control pill.

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  • Oral contraceptive pill — Oral contraceptives are medications taken by mouth for the purpose of birth control. Female Two types of female oral contraceptive pill are widely available: The combined oral contraceptive pill contains oestrogen and a progestogen, and is taken… …   Wikipedia

  • oral contraceptive pill — n BIRTH CONTROL PILL …   Medical dictionary

  • oral contraceptive pill — noun a contraceptive in the form of a pill containing estrogen and progestin to inhibit ovulation and so prevent conception • Syn: ↑pill, ↑birth control pill, ↑contraceptive pill, ↑oral contraceptive, ↑anovulatory drug, ↑anovulant • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Combined oral contraceptive pill — (COCP) Background Birth control type Hormonal First use ? …   Wikipedia

  • Extended cycle combined oral contraceptive pill — Extended cycle combined oral contraceptive pills are COCPs packaged to reduce or eliminate the withdrawal bleeding that occurs once every 28 days in traditionally packaged COCPs. Extended cycle use of COCPs may also be called menstrual… …   Wikipedia

  • Oral contraceptive — Oral contraceptives are medications taken by mouth for the purpose of birth control.FemaleTwo types of female oral contraceptive pill are widely available: *The combined oral contraceptive pill contains oestrogen and a progestogen, and is taken… …   Wikipedia

  • oral contraceptive — noun a contraceptive in the form of a pill containing estrogen and progestin to inhibit ovulation and so prevent conception • Syn: ↑pill, ↑birth control pill, ↑contraceptive pill, ↑oral contraceptive pill, ↑anovulatory drug, ↑anovulant •… …   Useful english dictionary

  • contraceptive pill — noun a contraceptive in the form of a pill containing estrogen and progestin to inhibit ovulation and so prevent conception • Syn: ↑pill, ↑birth control pill, ↑oral contraceptive pill, ↑oral contraceptive, ↑anovulatory drug, ↑anovulant •… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Oral contraceptive formulations — Oral contraceptives come in a variety of formulations. The main division is between combined oral contraceptive pills, containing both estrogen and synthetic progestogens (strictly progestins, the term used in the United States, but the former… …   Wikipedia

  • Oral contraceptive — A birth control pill taken by mouth. Most oral contraceptives include both estrogen and progesterone. When given in certain amounts and at certain times in the menstrual cycle, these hormones prevent the ovary from releasing an egg for… …   Medical dictionary


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