In the shorter term, the bottom line is that the pill, like all modern medicine, allows our bodies to defy nature.
Even when pharmacists are cooperative, forcing women to ask for the pill is an unnecessary invasion of privacy.
When his wife died in December, there were pill bottles lying all around the house.
"small ball or round mass of medicine," c.1400, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German pille and Middle French pile, all from Latin pilula "pill," literally "little ball," diminutive of pila "a ball, playing ball," said to be related to pilus "hair" if the original notion was "hairball." Figurative sense "something disagreeable that must be swallowed" is from 1540s; slang meaning "boring person" is recorded from 1871. The pill "contraceptive pill" is from 1957.
1736, "to dose on pills," from pill (n.). From 1882 as "to form into pills." Related: Pilled; pilling.
A small pellet or tablet of medicine, often coated, taken by swallowing whole or by chewing.
An oral contraceptive.
Any oral contraceptive for women: now that the joint and the pill are with us