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  1. 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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  2. 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 is

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. New Permanent Birth Control for Women

    Nov. 5, 2002 -- Women will soon have the option of sterilization without surgery. The FDA has approved a device that is implanted into the fallopian tubes without the use of an incision or general anesthesia. It's the first nonsurgical alternative to "getting your tubes tied," or tubal ligation. The

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  8. Not Your Mother's Birth Control

    Reading a popular women's magazine the other day, I was startled to discover that what looked like one of those peel-off makeup samples wasn't a makeup sample at all. It was "The Patch"--a new form of birth control that you slap on your skin once a week. Of course, the magazine sample didn't actuall

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  9. Not Your Mother's Birth Control

    Reading a popular women's magazine the other day, I was startled to discover that what looked like one of those peel-off makeup samples wasn't a makeup sample at all. It was "The Patch," a form of birth control that you slap on your skin once a week. Of course, the magazine sample didn't actually co

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  10. Birth Control Injections Recalled

    Oct. 11, 2002 -- Concerns about a potential lack of potency and contraceptive failure have prompted the recall of thousands of Lunelle monthly contraceptive injections. The manufacturer today announced that it cannot assure the potency of the pre-filled syringes, and their use may result in pregnanc

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