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View in Spanish: Píldora anticonceptiva oral

Oral contraceptive pill (OR-ul KON-truh-SEP-tiv)
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.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.