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Oral contraceptive

Oral contraceptives are chemicals taken by mouth to inhibit normal fertility.

All act on the hormonal system.

Female oral contraceptives, colloquially known as the Pill, are the most common form of pharmaceutical contraception.

They are used to prevent pregnancy.

The pill is also used to control symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis.

Many doctors prescribe the Pill to women who complain of dysfunctional uterine bleeding.

Note:   The above text is excerpted from the Wikipedia article "Oral contraceptive", which has been released under the GNU Free Documentation License.
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