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a coming into being; the act or process of being born.
birth certificate a written, authenticated record of the birth of a child, required by state laws throughout the United States. After a birth is registered, a birth certificate is issued which represents legal proof of parentage, age, and citizenship, and is of great personal and legal importance. A birth certificate is required for many legal and business or personal transactions. Whether the child is born at home or at the hospital, the physician, midwife, or other attendant must report the birth to the local or state registrar. The report becomes a permanent record, and a certificate is issued to the parents. If a child dies during birth, an immediate report and certification of the birth and death are required, containing a statement of the cause of death.
birth control the concept of limiting the size of families by measures designed to prevent conception. The movement of that name began in modern times as a humanitarian reform to conserve the health of mothers and the welfare of children, especially among the poor. More recently it has been superseded by the term family planning, which means planning the arrival of children to correspond with the desire and resources of the married couple. See also contraception.
multiple birth the birth of two or more offspring produced in the same gestation period.
premature birth (preterm birth) expulsion of the fetus from the uterus before termination of the normal gestation period, but after independent existence has become possible; defined as birth occurring before 37 completed weeks (295 days), counting from the first day of the last normal menstrual period. Approximately 6 to 8 per cent of all live births in the United States are premature, and premature births are the major cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality.


1. the governing or limitation of certain objects, events, or physical responses.
2. a standard against which experimental observations may be evaluated, as a procedure identical to the experimental procedure except for the absence of the one factor being studied.
3. conscious restraint and regulation of impulses and suppression of instincts and affects.
4. a patient or group differing from the case or treated group under study by lacking the disease or by having a different or absent treatment or regimen. The controls and subjects usually otherwise have certain similarities to allow or enhance comparison between them.
automatic brightness control an automated exposure device used in radiology; it senses light and adjusts itself to produce a predetermined fluoroscopic density.
automatic exposure control a timer by which the exposure of x-ray film is determined by the radiographer but the length of exposure is determined by the equipment.
aversive control in behavior therapy, the use of unpleasant stimuli to change undesirable behavior.
birth control see birth control.
hemorrhage control in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as reduction or elimination of rapid and excessive blood loss.
infection control see infection control.
infection control: intraoperative in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as preventing nosocomial infection in the operating room.
motor control the generation and coordination of movement patterns to produce function; it may either control movements of the body in space or stabilize the body in space. See also postural control.
postural control motor control that stabilizes the body in space by integrating sensory input about body position (somatosensory, visual, and vestibular input) with motor output to coordinate the action of muscles and keep the body's center of mass within its base of support. An important aspect of postural control is the righting reactions. Called also balance.
stimulus control any influence exerted by the environment on behavior.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

birth con·trol

1. restriction of the number of offspring by means of contraceptive measures;
2. projects, programs, or methods to control reproduction, by either improving or diminishing fertility.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

birth control

1. Control, and especially limitation, of the number of children born, chiefly through the use of contraceptive techniques.
2. A contraceptive technique.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

birth control

A generic term for the physical, chronological and hormonal manoeuvres used to prevent pregnancy.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

birth con·trol

(bĭrth kŏn-trōl')
1. Restriction of the number of offspring by means of contraceptive measures.
2. Projects, programs, or methods to control reproduction, by either improving or diminishing fertility.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

birth control

A euphemism for CONTRACEPTION. Strictly speaking, the term also includes celibacy, sexual continence, sterilization, castration and abortion.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

birth control

any method used to limit the size of the human population, which usually involves the prevention of fertilization of the ovum by the sperm but can also include abortion of the foetus. Behavioural methods include
  1. abstention from copulation,
  2. the so-called ‘rhythm method’ which takes advantage of less-fertile phases of the menstrual cycle,
  3. coitus interruptus. Other methods involve the use of contraceptive devices, hormonal treatment and sterilization.

Many countries have government-sponsored birth control programmes, initiated in an attempt to control the rapidly increasing human population. For example, China not only encourages one child per family but is also attempting to produce a longer period between generations (over 25 years) by favouring marriages at a late date.

Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005

birth con·trol

(bĭrth kŏn-trōl')
1. Limiting offspring by means of contraceptive measures.
2. Projects, programs, or methods to control reproduction, by either controlling fertility.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about birth control

Q. Does it exist a Birth Control Shot for men?

A. No. Currently there are no available medications for birth control for men. However, there are several other methods, including barrier methods (condom) and more irreversible ones (e.g. vasectomy) which may require a treatment by a surgeon.

You may read more here:

Q. BIRTH CONTROL how many types are there?

A. HI doctor-you forgot one--THE CELL PHONE RADIATION,next time you go out on a date dont forget your cell phone and a piece of string.HA HA ---mrfoot56

Q. how long after i have stop taking birth control pills can i get pregnant?

A. After you stop taking the pill, you may have only a two-week delay before you ovulate again. Once ovulation resumes, you can become pregnant. If this happens during your first cycle off the pill, you may not have a period at all. However, although possible, this scenario isn't likely.

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Here, the hierarchy sought to expand the teaching on human development to encompass a holistic vision in which family planning, but not artificial contraception, was allowed for population control.
Unchecked, a year later, Gregory Baum was saying that even if the Pope came out against artificial contraception, his decision would be irrelevant" (Globe and Mail, 12 April 1967).
Calls for artificial contraception puts president at odds with the church
If one were to deliberately act against it, one would condemn oneself." That's as true for gay or lesbian couples who have diligently discerned that a committed same-sex relationship is right for them as it is for heterosexual couples who have diligently discerned that the use of artificial contraception is right for them.
The Catholic Church rejects the use of condoms as part of its teaching against artificial contraception.
The group is a strong advocate of traditional Catholic values, including opposition to abortion and artificial contraception.
A CARDINAL and former papal contender has said that condoms were the 'lesser evil' in combating the spread of Aids, the latest senior churchman to diverge from the Vatican's opposition to artificial contraception.
California law requires private employer health-care plans to include coverage for birth control drugs if other prescription drug benefits are offered Exemptions are made for religious employers who object to artificial contraception on doctrinal grounds.
The recent "sins" enumerated are first of all papal neglect to challenge Nazi persecution of Jews and especially the "final solution." The author then enumerates other examples: condemnation of artificial contraception (in Humanae vitae), failure to address women's role in the Church, including their possible access to ordained ministry, insistence on clerical celibacy, failure to reconceive clerical lifestyle and formation, duplicitous coverups about priests charged with sexual molestation, silent tolerance of sexually active gay priests, annulment procedures in failed marriages, insistence that an embryo is a person from conception, and even failure to rein in bizarre Marian devotions.
After a few of the expected comments denouncing gays and their doings, speaker after speaker and panel after panel went on to propose that the wider and more important wrong to be righted was America's acceptance of artificial contraception among heterosexuals.
But in perhaps one of the more curious displays of Catholic exceptionalism, Catholic institutions and organizations around the world are presenting Masses, symposiums, documentary films and other kinds of jamborees to fete the 50 years that have passed since the publication of Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI's encyclical that forbade the use of artificial contraception.
Despite their staunch opposition to contraceptives, Philippine Roman Catholic bishops say they fully support Pope Francis' remarks suggesting artificial contraception can be used by women threatened by the Zika virus.