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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. '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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. "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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