Clinical Research Glossary

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A way to prevent pregnancy.

Example of birth control in a sentence

Using birth control may be required in some drug studies.

More Info

Birth control when any method, medicine, device, procedure, or behavior is used to prevent pregnancy.

Contraception is a form of birth control.

Sometimes birth control is needed in clinical trials if there is a possible risk to sperm or pregnancy development.

Other info to think about when joining a study

A study you are thinking about joining may say that you need to use a birth control method. Some studies require a sexual partner to also use birth control.

You can ask the study team to explain why birth control is needed. You could ask what kind of birth control the study will want you to be on. You could also ask what will happen if you do get pregnant while on the research study.

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