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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]

Overview

Oral contraceptives are medications taken by mouth for the purpose of birth control.

Types of Oral Contraceptives

Female

  • Two types of female oral contraceptive pill are widely available:
  • Other types of female oral contraceptive are experimental or only available in limited areas:
  • Mifepristone is an antiprogestogen which has been used as a daily oral contraceptive in investigational clinical trials.
  • Ormeloxifene (also known as Centchroman) is a selective oestrogen receptor modulator which is taken one to two times per week. Ormeloxifene is approved as an oral contraceptive only in India.

Male

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



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