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  1. Condom Ads on TV Remain Controversial

    June 19, 2001 -- Sex sells. Many advertising companies have demonstrated that. But does safe sex sell? If you're channel surfing during prime time, on network television you may see a group of 20-something women discuss their lifelong friendship -- and their similar choice in oral birth control. Or

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  2. Opinion: Women Earn Right to Contraceptive Coverage

    June 18, 2001 (Washington) -- Women seeking pharmaceutical and sexual equality no doubt cheered a federal court ruling in Seattle last week. The decision says, in effect, that an employer must provide insurance coverage for prescription contraceptives. Is this one small step or a giant leap for woma

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  3. Employer's Health Plan Must Include Birth Control for Women

    June 12, 2001 -- A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Bartell Drug Co. must include contraceptives for women in its employee health insurance plan. The decision marks nearly a year of litigation, sparked when Jennifer Erickson, a 27-year-old pharmacist, filed suit last summer because the firm would no

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  4. FDA Approves New Birth Control Pill

    May 14, 2001 -- Berlex Laboratories announced today that the FDA approved its new oral contraceptive called Yasmin . The low-dose pill touts a different form of the hormone progestin called drospirenone, which the company claims is unique to this birth control pill. In a prepared statement, Berlex n

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  5. Getting Examined to Get the Pill

    May 1, 2001 -- Most women who use birth control pills expect to get a breast exam and pelvic exam each year when they see their doctor to refill the prescription. It's a familiar routine, and it allows the doctor to check for signs of sexually transmitted diseases and other harmful conditions. For m

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  6. New Sterilization Procedure Can Be Done Without Abdominal Incision

    May 1, 2001 (Chicago) -- Researchers from a small medical device company in California say they will begin pivotal trials within a year of a new sterilization procedure that will allow women to be sterilized during a 20-minute procedure in a doctor's office -- with no surgical incision into the abdo

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  7. New Birth Control Pill Smoothes Away PMS

    May 1, 2001 (Chicago) -- Birth control pills are the multitasking drugs of the new millenium. Once used only for contraception, the drugs are now used to treat conditions ranging from headache to acne. Now an investigational birth control that uses a new type of the hormone, a progestin called drosp

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  8. Obstetricians Say Morning-After Pills Can Prevent Half a Million Abortions

    April 30, 2001 (Chicago) -- Marshalling the influence of the 40,000-strong American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the group's incoming president put out a call to fellow doctors Monday to offer a prescription for the morning-after pill to all women of childbearing age as part of routin

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  9. Contraceptives Don't Protect Against Leading Cause of Infertility

    -->April 17, 2001 -- Contraceptives are essential to preventpregnancy and in the case of condoms, crucial to protect against sexuallytransmitted diseases. Lots of studies have also suggested that condoms, birthcontrol pills, and other contraceptives offer protection against the leadingcause of infer

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  10. The Pill Prevents ... Colorectal Cancer?

    April 19, 2001 -- The Pill may prevent more than just pregnancy. Combined findings from several studies point to a lower risk of colorectal cancer in women who have used oral contraceptives. According to a report in the British Journal of Cancer, women who took birth-control pills at any time in the

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