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  1. Surprise Pregnancy: Could It Happen to You?

    Almost half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned. If you’re wondering whether it could happen to you, the answer is probably yes. “If you’re a woman and haven’t gone through menopause yet, then it’s possible for you to get pregnant,” says Siobhan Dolan, MD, a professor of obstetrics and gyne

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  2. Continuous Birth Control

    Have you ever wished that your menstrual period would just go away? Well, there are drugs that can help you say good-bye to “that time of the month” for months or a year at a time. These drugs aren't right for everyone, though. And while some doctors believe that they could have harmful long-term si

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  3. Long-Term Birth Control Without Surgery

    You don’t have to take a pill every day. Several birth control methods last weeks, months, or even years with little effort on your part. They are safe and effective for most healthy women of childbearing age. “The best method of contraception for any woman is the method that she’s going to use corr

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  4. The Truth About ‘The Pill’ and Your Sex Drive

    Not in the mood lately? Wonder if your birth control pills are affecting your sex drive? It's possible, but not likely. For most women, birth control pills don't affect their desire to have sex (libido). But if you've noticed a shift in your libido since you started taking "the pill," you can get yo

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  5. Where to Find Emergency Contraception

    Emergency contraception is safe, works well, and should now be available to anyone who needs it. But you have to know where to find it. The FDA has changed the rules about how pharmacies sell some types of emergency contraception. Before you walk into a drugstore, learn more about what's available.

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  6. Is Your Birth Control as Safe as You Think?

    By Laura Beil Christen Childs woke up on September 12, 2009, in the pitch dark of early morning with what she thought was a pulled muscle in her leg. She reached down to massage the cramp, trying to fathom how her left calf could be so achingly sore when she hadn't made it to the gym in weeks. This

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  7. The New No-Period, No-PMS Birth Control Pills

    In the beginning, there was Seasonale -- the continuous birth control pill that offered women four periods a year. Women grabbed the chance to opt out of their periods. If you don't need it, why put up with it? Today, "the pill" has been finessed even more, with lighter-period or no-period birth con

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  8. Plan B One-Step: Seven Questions and Answers

    Here are questions and answers about the emergency contraceptive Plan B One-Step. Plan B One-Step is an emergency contraceptive pill taken by mouth after unprotected sex. It is used to prevent pregnancy. It is not for routine contraceptive use and does not prevent against sexually transmitted diseas

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  9. Other Reasons to Take the Pill

    By Janis Graham The Pill isn't just for birth control: Did you know that it can also protect against certain life-threatening cancers, plus help relieve some painful period symptoms? Here, experts explain the top seven health benefits of taking the Pill and how to make them work for you. Taking oral

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  10. A Pill Is Born

    I'm just a pill. Yes, I'm just a pill. And I'm sitting here ... Oh, hi. My name is Nupil. I'm a new drug, or at least I hope to be. Right now, the FDA is deciding whether to approve me. See that big office building? That's the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. It's as important as it sounds.

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