Contraception (noun)

  1. The deliberate use of artificial methods or other techniques to prevent pregnancy as a consequence of sexual intercourse.
  2. Measures taken to prevent conception.


Early 20th century: from contra- "against" + conception.


  1. Contraception is an important aspect of family planning.
  2. The use of contraception has been shown to reduce maternal deaths.
  3. Contraception options include birth control pills, condoms, and IUDs.
  4. Many religious groups are opposed to the use of contraception.
  5. Effective contraception is critical to women's reproductive rights.
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