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Definition of Birth control

Birth control: Birth control is the use of any practices, methods, or devices to prevent pregnancy from occurring in a sexually active woman. Also referred to as family planning, pregnancy prevention, fertility control, or contraception; birth control methods are designed either to prevent fertilization of an egg or implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterus.

Birth control methods may be reversible or irreversible.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 8/28/2013

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