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  1. 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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  2. Experts Call for Easier Access to Emergency Contraception

    Nov. 20, 2000 (New York) -- Long touted by many reproductive health professionals as "America's best kept secret," emergency oral contraception may one day be completely out in the open and as easy to buy as aspirin -- but not before the regulatory process causes a few headaches along the way. Speak

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  3. The Return of the Sponge: Women Are Still Waiting

    Oct. 19, 2000 -- It's been five years since the contraceptive sponge, the popular over-the-counter birth-control device that once inspired a routine on the TV show Seinfeld, stopped being manufactured in the U.S. And ever since Seinfeld character Elaine debated whether to dip into her precious stash

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  4. The Pill and Breast Cancer Risk: More Food for Thought

    Oct. 10, 2000 -- Using the birth control pill may not be a good idea for some women with a strong family history of breast cancer. A new study in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association finds that these women may have up to an 11 times higher risk of breast cancer if they have ever t

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  5. FDA Approves Country's First Once-a-Month Birth Control Option

    Oct. 6, 2000 (Washington) -- The FDA has approved a contraceptive shot named Lunelle, a once-a-month birth control option that is the first of its kind in the United States. Made by Pharmacia Corp. of Peapack, N.J., Lunelle is somewhat like the birth control pill and also is comparable to the contra

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  6. Contraception Quagmire: Making Sense of the Options

    Sept. 28, 2000 -- Today's approval of the French abortion pill RU-486 adds yet another option to women's reproductive choices, but it may also add to the confusion surrounding the various methods of medical abortion and/or emergency contraception that are currently available. When it comes to medica

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  7. Covering Birth Control

    Sept. 4, 2000 -- When Seattle pharmacist Jennifer Erickson returned to work in late July one day after filing a headline-grabbing lawsuit against her employer, the Bartell Drug Co., her female co-workers were ecstatic. "It was all high fives and 'You go, girl!' " Erickson says with a laugh. Her cust

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  8. Midlife Women May Be Missing Out on Pill's Benefits

    Aug. 30, 2000 -- Women often take oral contraceptives in their youth to prevent pregnancy or to regulate their periods, but many of the more than 20 million U.S. women aged 35 to 44 are unaware that they can still get important health benefits from taking low-dose birth control pills, according to a

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  9. Pill Doesn't Greatly Increase Risk of Blood Clots

    Aug. 18, 2000 -- Five years ago, doctors and patients became alarmed by reports that some newer combination birth control pills might double or even triple the risk of blood clots in the veins. In the U.S., the FDA made no move to ban or issue warnings about the pills, choosing instead to wait for m

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  10. Norplant Shipments Halted as Firm Addresses Shelf-Life Concerns

    Aug. 17, 2000 (Washington) -- The maker of the Norplant birth control device has halted all shipments of the contraceptive, and is urging doctors not to use implants shipped since last October while the company investigates possible problems with shelf life. In a letter to health care providers, Wye

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