1. A dose of medicine in the form of a small pellet; SYN. lozenge, tablet.
2. A pill containing estrogen and progestin to inhibit ovulation and so prevent conception; SYN. birth control pill, contraceptive pill, oral contraceptive pill, oral contraceptive, anovulatory drug.
3. Something that resembles a pill in shape or size.
The, Commonly used term for the contraceptive pill, based on female hormones. The combined pill, which contains synthetic hormones similar to estrogen and progesterone, stops the production of eggs, and makes the mucus produced by the cervix hostile to sperm. It is the most effective form of contraception apart from sterilization, being more than 99% effective.
The minipill or progesterone-only pill prevents implantation of a fertilized egg into the wall of the uterus. The minipill has a slightly higher failure rate, especially if not taken at the same time each day, but has fewer side effects and is considered safer for long-term use. Possible side effects of the Pill include migraine or headache and high blood pressure. More seriously, estrogen-containing pills can slightly increase the risk of a clot forming in the blood vessels. This risk is increased in women over 35 if they smoke. Controversy surrounds other possible health effects of taking the Pill. The evidence for a link with cancer is slight (and the Pill may protect women from some forms of cancer). Once a woman ceases to take it, there is an increase in the likelihood of conceiving identical twins.
1. To come off in flakes or scales; peel
2. (dialect) To peel or strip off
3. To dose with pills
5. To become rough with or mat into little balls