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  1. 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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  2. Morning-After Pill Intensifies Internet Prescribing Debate

    March 9, 2001 (Washington) -- Need a prescription? More and more, Americans are turning to their computer for prescriptions instead of scheduling an appointment to see their doctor. A hotly debated phenomenon, Internet prescribing is convenient -- and sometimes cheaper -- than a brick-and-mortar pha

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  3. Could a Pill Protect Like a Condom?

    March 2, 2001 -- Although condoms may have their drawbacks, they are effective when used properly in preventing both pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. But what if a single pill could protect against both? New research reported in the March 2 issue of Science helps explain how the body fig

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  4. Maker of Morning-After Pill Ready for Over-the-Counter Studies

    Feb. 14, 2001 -- The next step in making a morning-after pill available over the counter in the U.S. is about to begin. Executives at Women's Capital Corporation, maker of the Plan B emergency contraceptive pill, say the FDA-sanctioned studies are gearing up in Washington state and California. In th

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  5. Emergency Contraception Without a Prescription

    Feb. 6, 2001 -- Surprisingly few women in the U.S. know that if they have unprotected sex they can still avoid pregnancy by using high-dose birth control within three days. The method is known as emergency contraception or the 'morning after' pill, and women's health advocates are trying to make sur

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  6. Bill Introduced to Restrict Use of the Abortion Pill

    Feb. 6, 2001 (Washington) -- Some Republican lawmakers are once again mounting an effort to restrict the use of the highly controversial abortion pill RU-486. U.S. Rep. David Vitter, (R-La.), and U.S. Sen. Tim Hutchinson, (R-Ark.), on Tuesday introduced legislation that would require physicians pres

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  7. Only 'Wonder Man' Can Resist Male Contraceptive Shots

    Jan. 29, 2001 -- They call him the Wonder Man. All the other guys who volunteered to try a once-every-six-weeks male contraceptive shot saw their sperm counts drop to zero -- results good enough for a major pharmaceutical company to begin advanced clinical tests of the approach. Results from the rec

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  8. Modern Rhythm

    Jan. 1, 2001 -- Nathan and Kathy Sendan begin each day with a pen, paper, and digital thermometer. The El Sobrante, Calif., couple dutifully record Kathy's basal body temperature before they even think of drinking their morning coffee. Then they combine the temperature readings with other physiologi

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  9. Employers Ordered to Increase Coverage of Birth Control

    Dec. 14, 2000 (Washington) -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled that it's unlawful for employers not to cover prescription birth control if they cover a range of other preventive drugs and services. The commission's ruling only officially addresses confidential complaints fi

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  10. New Timeless Birth Control Method Being Studied

    Currently, most permanent contraception for women is done through surgery -- a tubal ligation. It's commonly known as having one's "tubes tied" in a procedure that requires a small incision and general anesthesia. But the new STOP procedure -- selective tubal occlusion procedure -- may be able to of

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