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Encyclopedia > Oral contraceptive

Oral contraceptives are medications taken by mouth for the purpose of birth control. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Birth control (disambiguation). ...


These oral contraceptives act on the female human reproductive system.

OCs do NOT protect against STDs. The Pill redirects here. ... Progestogen Only Pills or Progestin Only Pills (POP) are contraceptive pills that only contain synthetic progestogens (progestins) and do not contain oestrogen. ... Mifepristone is a synthetic steroid compound used as a pharmaceutical. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... Selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs) is a class of medication that acts on the estrogen receptor. ...


  • Male oral contraceptives do not currently exist, although several possibilities are in various stages of research and development.

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FDA's Approval of the First Oral Contraceptive, Enovid (445 words)
The first oral contraceptive was submitted first for regulatory approval in 1957 as a treatment for menstrual disorders and infertility, not as a contraceptive (although the drug had been developed as an oral contraceptive).
In judging the safety of the first oral contraceptive, regulators were most concerned about it ability to prevent pregnancy because pregnancy and delivery were inherently medically risky.
The chief danger of oral contraceptivesĀ¾ thromboembolism (occasionally fatal obstructions of blood vessels leading to brain, heart, or lungs)Ā¾ was not anticipated by anyone at the time of approval.
Oral contraceptive - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (3815 words)
Oral contraceptives are chemicals taken by mouth to inhibit normal fertility.
Generally, all oral contraceptives have different synthetic estrogens and progestins, chemical analogues of the natural hormones, estradiol (an estrogen) and progesterone (a progestagen).
Oral contraceptives may influence coagulation, subtly increasing the risk of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism, stroke and myocardial infarction (heart attack).
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