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    1. FDA Orders 'Black Box' Warning Label on Essure

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A special "black box" warning should be added to packaging for the Essure implantable birth control device, based on concerns over serious complications, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Monday. The FDA al

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    2. Other Benefits of Birth Control Pills

      You know that birth control pills can keep you from getting pregnant. But the pill can have other benefits, too. One survey found that more than half of women who take birth control pills do so for reasons other than avoiding pregnancy. It can make your periods more regular. With the pill, you'll kn

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    3. How Safe Is Your Birth Control?

      You use birth control to keep yourself from getting pregnant. But you may wonder how safe your form of protection is for your body. All methods of contraception are considered okay for healthy women. They're even safer than going through pregnancy and childbirth, says Colleen Krajewski, MD, an assis

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    4. Today's Natural Family Planning

      When you use natural family planning, you don’t have to worry about side effects or deal with refills or replacements. And if you decide you want to get pregnant, you can try right away. But does it really prevent pregnancy? And is it right for you? When you choose natural family planning, you're re

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    5. Permanent Birth Control: His and Her Options

      Three years after they got married, Alexandra Paul and her husband, Ian, wanted better birth control. Paul was fed up with side effects of the pill, so she switched to a diaphragm. But when contraceptive jelly gave her infections, she avoided using it. That put a crimp in their lovemaking. "Not havi

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    6. Stop Your Periods With Continuous Birth Control

      Are you tired of the monthly cramps, bloating, and all the other not-so-fun things that come with your period? Well, there’s a way to stop them -- for months or even years. The answer is in your birth control. Women often ask if it’s OK to stop their periods, says Tara Kumaraswami, MD, an assistant

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    7. Essure Birth Control Implant and Reoperation Need

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research raises concerns about Essure, an implanted long-term birth control device that's already the focus of controversy. Researchers found a 10-fold higher risk of needing a reoperation during the first year for wo

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    8. Contraceptive Implant Under FDA Panel Microscope

      By Roni Caryn Rabin Kim Hudak was a young mother who was done having children when she volunteered for a clinical trial to an experimental birth control implant designed to make her sterile without tube tying surgery. But soon after Hudak, 28 at the time, got the Essure implants in 2000, she said sh

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    9. FDA Looking at Essure Birth Control Device Safety

      June 25, 2015 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday announced that it would hold a public meeting to discuss the safety of the contraceptive device Essure. Essure -- a small metal coil placed via catheter into the fallopian tubes -- is the only permanent birth control device approved

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    10. Should I Get My Tubes Tied?

      If you know you're definitely done having babies, or you aren't interested in having any in the first place, never having to think about birth control again can give you a sense of freedom. That's why bilateral tubal ligation, also known as "getting your tubes tied," is the most popular form of birt

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