Oral contraceptive pill

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Oral contraceptives, abbreviated OCPs, also known as birth control pills, are medications taken by mouth for the purpose of birth control.

Female[edit]

Two types of female oral contraceptive pill, taken once per day, are widely available:

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

  • Levonorgestrel, sold under the brand name Plan B
  • Ulipristal acetate
  • Mifepristone and Misoprostol, when used in combination, are more than 95% effective during the first 50 days of pregnancy. The combination is administered by a physician, and is only used as a last resort.

Male[edit]

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