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  1. Controversy Over Emergency Contraception Drug

    April 8, 2005 -- The FDA has made slow progress as it considers a decision to allow an "emergency" contraception drug called Plan B to be sold over the counter. But things may speed up if two U.S. Senators have their way. The senators say they will block confirmation of President Bush's nominee to h

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  2. Sex Without a Safety Net

    Jan. 5, 2005 -- A sexually active woman today is less likely to use birth control than she was in 1995, a federal study shows. But don't blame teenage sex. The drop in contraceptive use is due to adult women in their 20s who, despite forgoing birth control, don't want to have children. This means th

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  3. "Morning After Pill" Doesn't Change Sex Habits

    Jan 4, 2005 -- Opponents of a move to make the "morning after pill" available without a prescription say that this type of easier access will lead to riskier sexual behaviors. But the largest study ever to examine the issue showed no evidence that this is the case. The trial involving more than 2,00

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  4. Doubts Raised About Birth Control Pill Study

    Dec. 17, 2004 -- Recent research suggesting that birth control pills slightly lower women's risk of heart disease was flawed, says the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). It also announced that it doubts the validity of a separate study that suggests birth control pills reduce breast

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  5. Birth Control Pills May Keep Knee Injury-Free

    Nov. 18, 2004 -- Women taking birth control pills have greater knee stability than those not using birth control pills, according to a Canadian study. Women are four to eight times more likely to injure their knees than men, say the McGill University researchers, who included Paul Martineau, MD, chi

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  6. New Lead for a Male Contraceptive

    Nov. 17, 2004 -- The search for a male contraceptive has taken an unexpected twist. Researchers may have found a way to prevent sperm from swimming forward, which could lead to a new form of birth control that doesn't tamper with men's hormone levels. Once ejaculated, sperm swim forward toward the e

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  7. Reversible Male Contraception May Work

    Nov. 11, 2004 -- A new method of contraception for men may be one step closer to reality, according to a study in the Nov. 12 issue of the journal Science. Currently, men have two contraceptive options -- vasectomy and condoms -- and scientists are also working on developing hormonal contraception f

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  8. Birth Control Pills May Lower Health Risks

    Oct. 20, 2004 -- Birth control pills may lower women's risk of certain cancers and heart disease, according to two new studies from Wayne State University. The studies, which were presented in Philadelphia at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, used data from the Wo

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  9. Depo Provera May Raise STD Risks

    Aug. 23, 2004 -- Women who use the injectable contraceptive Depo Provera may face a higher risk of some sexually transmitted diseases, according to a new study. Researchers found women who used Depo Provera were more than three times as likely to become infected with chlamydia or gonorrhea over the

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  10. Lawmakers Back Contraception Bill

    July 14, 2004 -- The House of Representatives approved a move Thursday night that could smooth the way to over-the-counter use of emergency contraceptives like Plan B. Lawmakers unanimously passed a measure barring the FDA from keeping any contraceptive off the over-the-counter market once the agenc

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