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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Birth Control, HRT, and Sex Drive

    June 9, 2004 -- A new study examining monkey lust may help explain why so many women taking hormones for birth control or menopause complain of losing their sex drive. Researchers from the Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Atlanta reported that female pigtail macaques showed far less intere

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  5. Birth Control Shot May Cause Bone Loss

    May 14, 2004 -- New research confirms that the injectable contraceptive Depo-Provera promotes steady bone loss, but it is not yet clear if using the birth control method increases a woman's osteoporosis risk later in life. Women in the study who used Depo-Provera for two years had losses in bone min

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  6. Vasectomies Don't Always Prevent Pregnancy

    May 5, 2004 -- As many as one in 100 vasectomies may fail to prevent pregnancy within five years of the procedure, a new study shows. Researchers say that the study shows that like other birth control methods, vasectomies are not always 100% effective. The study showed that six pregnancies were repo

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  7. Emergency Contraception at Home OK for Teens

    April 1, 2004 -- Having emergency contraception at home doesn't make teenagers more likely to have unprotected sex, a new study suggests. Researchers compared sexual activity among young women ages 15 to 20 who had either been given emergency contraceptive education and a packet of emergency contrac

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  8. Fake Contraceptive Patches Sold on Internet

    Feb. 5, 2004 -- The FDA is warning the public about an overseas Internet site selling counterfeit contraceptive patches that contain no active ingredients. These counterfeit patches provide no protection against pregnancy. This Internet site -- -- apparently is operated by American

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  9. 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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  10. 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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