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Birth control

abortion

noun

a medical operation in which a developing baby is removed from a woman’s body so that it is not born alive

abortion

noun

the practice of performing abortions, as a social or political issue

abortionist

noun

someone who performs abortions. This word suggests that the abortions are illegal or that you do not approve of abortion.

barrier method

noun

any form of contraception in which an object, rather than a drug, is used for preventing women from becoming pregnant. The use of condoms is a barrier method.

birth control

noun

the practice of avoiding becoming pregnant, or the methods used for this

cap

noun

a rubber object that a woman puts inside her vagina so that she can have sex without getting pregnant

coil

noun

a curved piece of plastic that is put inside a woman’s uterus as a contraceptive (=to prevent her from becoming pregnant)

condom

noun

a thin rubber tube that a man covers his penis with during sex, in order to prevent a woman from becoming pregnant or to protect against sexual diseases

contraception

noun

methods for preventing a woman from becoming pregnant, or the use of such methods

contraceptive

noun

a drug, method, or object used for preventing a woman from becoming pregnant

contraceptive

adjective

designed to prevent a woman from becoming pregnant

diaphragm

noun

a round rubber object that a woman puts inside her vagina as a contraceptive (=to avoid having a baby)

Durex

a type of condom

Dutch cap

noun

a type of contraceptive that a woman wears inside her vagina while having sex

family planning

noun

the practice of controlling the number of children that you have by using contraceptives (=drugs, objects, or methods that stop a woman becoming pregnant)

French letter

noun

a condom

IUD

noun

intra-uterine device: a type of contraceptive that consists of a small piece of plastic or metal fitted inside a woman’s womb

morning-after pill

noun

a drug that a woman can take after having sex to stop her from becoming pregnant

oral contraceptive

noun

a pill that a woman takes every day to prevent herself from becoming pregnant. It is usually called the pill and is a form of birth control.

the pill

noun

a pill that a woman swallows every day to prevent her becoming pregnant

prophylactic

noun

a condom

rhythm method

noun

a method of birth control that involves a man and a woman not having sex during the time of the month when the woman is likely to become pregnant

rubber

noun

a condom

sheath

noun

a condom

spermicide

noun

a cream that kills sperm, used during sex to prevent a woman from becoming pregnant

termination

noun

a medical operation in which a baby is removed from a woman’s body before it is completely developed, so that it is not born alive. The more usual word for this is an abortion.

unprotected

adjective

unprotected sex is sex that people have without protecting themselves against diseases or becoming pregnant

unsafe

adjective

unsafe sex is sex that people have without protecting themselves against diseases or the possibility of becoming pregnant

spermicidal

adjective

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a method of financial trading in which share prices are hidden and not openly available to the public

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