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  1. First Chewable Contraceptive Approved

    Nov. 14, 2003 -- The FDA today approved the first chewable birth control pill. Ovcon 35, an oral, spearmint-flavored contraceptive tablet that can be chewed and swallowed, provides one more alternative to the many types of oral contraceptives currently on the market. Ovcon 35 contains a progestin (n

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  2. Is a Male 'Pill' on the Horizon?

    Oct. 8, 2003 -- New research from Australia offers proof that hormone-based contraceptives can work in men as well as women, but that doesn't mean a male birth control pill will be available anytime soon. Although two drug manufacturers are currently collaborating on the development of a male pill,

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  3. The No-Period Pills

    Let's face it, many women dread getting their monthly period. So take a minute to imagine this: What if you could take a birth control pill that reduced your periods from 13 to 4 each year? What if you could schedule life's big events - vacation, a wedding, family gatherings - around your "spring" p

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  4. IUDs Most Cost-Effective Birth Control

    July 29, 2003 -- Since finances matter when you're raising a family, if you think you're finished producing yours, two forms of intrauterine contraception may be your most cost-effective long-term options. A new study, published in the July issue of the journal Contraception, suggests that the ParaG

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  5. Birth Control Pill Safe for Most Women

    July 17, 2003 -- Birth control pills don't increase the risk of death from any cause in women except those who smoke, according to a 35-year study. The research appears in the July 17 issue of The Lancet but quicklypoints out there is one exception to that rule -- a woman taking birth control pills

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  6. Nortrel 7/7/7 Birth Control Pill Recalled

    Date of recall: July 9, 2003 What is being recalled: Barr Laboratories is voluntarily recalling three lots of its Nortrel 7/7/7 28- day birth control pills. The pills in these oral contraceptives may have been improperly packaged, which may increase the risk of unintentional pregnancy.   The recall

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  7. Condoms in Schools Don't Boost Teen Sex

    May 28, 2003 -- Despite fears that giving out condoms in schools may lead to more sex, a new study shows the opposite is true. Researchers found that students at schools with condom-availability programs have sex less often than those at schools without these controversial initiatives. This finding,

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  8. Even Best Contraceptive Methods Can Fail

    April 29, 2003 -- Millions of women get pregnant each year despite regular use of contraceptives. Even the best contraceptive methods often fail, a new study shows, because they do not suit the individual user's circumstances. Two-thirds of the women who had unplanned pregnancies in the French study

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  9. Birth Control Sponge Returns

    March 6, 2003 -- The contraceptive sponge - famously depicted in a Seinfeld episode -- has returned, at least on the Internet. Allendale Pharmaceuticals, the company that purchased the rights to the Today Sponge from its previous manufacturer, has begun selling the product on two Canadian Internet s

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  10. Hormone-Free Male Contraception Possible

    Dec. 10, 2002 -- A hormone-free "birth control" drug for men may indeed be possible. British researchers have discovered that an available drug causes deformities in sperm, making them unable to fertilize an egg. The drug is used to treat a rare genetic disorder called Gaucher's disease. Even better

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