The deliberate use of artificial methods or other techniques to prevent pregnancy as a consequence of sexual intercourse. The major forms of artificial contraception are barrier methods, of which the most common is the condom; the contraceptive pill, which contains synthetic sex hormones that prevent ovulation in the female; intrauterine devices, such as the coil, which prevent the fertilized ovum from implanting in the uterus; and male or female sterilization.
More example sentences
- The only way to have safe sex is to use a reliable barrier method of contraception such as a condom.
- You should also use a barrier method of contraception, such as a condom until the problem has been identified.
- It is important to consider plans for pregnancy when deciding on a method of contraception.
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