Birth control pill

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Birth control pill (BCP), also known as oral contraceptive pill (OCP), are medications taken by mouth for the purpose of preventing pregnancy.


Two types of female birth control pills, taken once per day, are widely available:

Emergency contraception pills ("morning after pills") are taken at the time of sex or within a few days afterwards:


  • Male oral contraceptives are currently not available, although several possibilities are in various stages of research and development.