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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. Long-Acting Birth Control Use Up Fivefold: CDC

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The use of long-acting birth control methods such as IUDs or under-the-skin implants jumped fivefold between 2002 and 2011, according to a new U.S. government report. Among U.S. women aged 15 to 44, the use of these lon

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  3. IUDs, Birth Control Implants: How Long They Work

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Hormonal intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants appear to prevent pregnancy one year beyond their approved length of use, according to early results from an ongoing study. Researchers are assessing whether

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  4. Contraceptive Knowledge and Safe Use of Acne Drug

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say giving birth control information to women visiting dermatology clinics can help promote the safe use of the drug isotretinoin, an acne medication known to cause birth defects. Isotretinion was originally

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Pill Remains Most Common Birth Control Method

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The pill remains one of the most popular methods of birth control for women, along with female sterilization and condoms, a new report shows. Among the two-thirds of women aged 15 to 44 who used birth control between 2011

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  9. Some Birth Control Pills May Up Breast Cancer Risk

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Birth control pills containing high doses of estrogen, along with some other formulations, may increase the risk of breast cancer in women under 50, new preliminary research suggests. "There are numerous oral contracep

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  10. Some Companies Don't Have to Cover Birth Control

    MONDAY, June 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Family-owned companies don't have to comply with a provision of the Affordable Care Act that requires them to offer insurance coverage for contraception if that requirement violates their religious principles, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday. The 5-4 dec

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