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  1. FDA Delays Decision on 'Morning After' Pill

    Aug. 26, 2005 - The FDA has put off deciding whether to allow over-the-counter sales of the Plan B "morning after" pill. The problem isn't safety, says FDA Commissioner Lester Crawford, DVM, PhD. The agency is convinced the emergency contraceptive is safe for all women. The problem, Crawford says, i

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  2. Fetus Unharmed by 'Morning After' Pill

    Aug. 24, 2005 - Pregnancies that occur despite the use of emergency contraception that contains a progestin do not appear to be associated with any increased risk to mother or child, according to new research. Although the number of women in the study was small, researchers found there was no appare

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  3. FDA to Decide Status of Morning-After Pill

    Aug. 18, 2005 - Plan B may be the best-named drug in the pharmacy. That's because the so-called "morning-after" pill isn't anybody's plan A. But the story now is what the FDA plans to decide about the drug by the end of the month. Will the agency allow the drug to be sold over the counter? Plan A is

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  4. U.N. Agency Links the Pill, Hormones to Cancer

    July 29, 2005 -- Researchers from a U.N. cancer agency are calling combined estrogen-progestin birth control pills and menopausal hormone replacement "carcinogenic to humans." However, they don't dismiss either type of drug. For instance, they state that birth control pills may "slightly" raise the

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  5. Experts: Risk of Birth Control Patch Overstated

    July 19, 2005 -- Recent news stories overstate the blood clot risk from the Ortho Evra contraceptive patch, experts tell WebMD. An Associated Press report says the contraceptive patch triples a woman's risk of dying from a dangerous blood clot. That calculation is based on the AP's own assessment of

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  6. Low-Dose Birth Control Pill May Up Heart Risk

    July 7, 2005 -- Low-dose birth control pills are widely considered to be safer than the pill of the past, but a new review suggests that they still carry an increased risk for heart attack and stroke. The risk appears to be quite small for most women, but it could be much higher for those already at

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  7. Birth Control Pill May Relieve PMS Depression

    May 25, 2005 (Atlanta) -- Many women with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) mood problems worry that birth control pills may increase their sensitivity to hormonal changes that make them feel down and out. Now researchers say the opposite may actually be true. A study suggests taking oral contraceptives f

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  8. Halting Oral Contraceptives: Effects Linger

    May 19, 2005 -- A new study of women with female sexual dysfunction shows that some hormonal effects seen with oral contraceptives don't disappear right away. The findings were reported in Washington at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists' 14th Annual Meeting and Clinical Congress.

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  9. 'Today Sponge' Contraceptive Is Back

    After an absence of more than 10 years, the Today Sponge contraceptive has been cleared for return to the U.S. market. The sponge gained pop culture status when the TV show character Elaine of "Seinfeld" hoarded sponges after they went off the market, devoting them only to men she deemed "spongewort

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  10. Bill Says Pharmacies Must Fill Birth Control Rx

    April 14, 2005 - Washington lawmakers introduced a bill Thursday making it illegal for pharmacies to refuse to fill prescriptions for birth control. The move adds to a growing controversy over the right of pharmacists to withhold oral contraceptives from patients with valid doctor's orders. Under th

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