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    1. 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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    2. Safer, Easier Emergency Contraception

      Dec. 5, 2002 -- Now morning-after birth control is easier and safer than ever, a World Health Organization study suggests. It finds that one-time treatment with a hormone commonly used in birth-control pills -- taken up to five days after unprotected sex -- prevents pregnancy. Women seeking emergenc

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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. Birth Control Pills May Aid Fertility

      Sept. 27, 2002 -- Women who take birth control pills for long periods of time may find it a little easier to get pregnant once they go off the pill than other women. A new study shows women who used oral contraceptives for more than five years before attempting to conceive are more likely to have su

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    8. Making Emergency Contraception Easier

      -->Sept. 11, 2002 -- Roughly 3 million American women become unintentionally pregnant each year, and half of those pregnancies end in abortions. But proponents of a plan to give women over-the-counter access to emergency contraception say the move could reduce unwanted pregnancies and abortions by h

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    9. Vaginal Ring as Effective as the Pill .

      Sept. 5, 2002 -- Women who want an alternative to taking daily birth control pills may find relief in a ring -- a vaginal ring. Research shows a new vaginal ring that delivers a steady dose of the same hormones found in some oral contraceptives is safe, easy to use, and works just as well as the pil

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    10. New Birth Control Pills, Same Old Stroke Risk

      Feb. 7, 2002 -- Hopes that the latest generation of birth control pills would put women at less risk of stroke than older formulations were shattered today by research presented at a meeting of stroke experts. "Women using any type of birth control pills have about twice the stroke risk of nonusers,

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