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  1. Newer Oral Contraceptives May Be Safer for Smokers

    Jan. 19, 2000 (Minneapolis) -- Oral contraceptives are known to increase the risk of heart problems for women who smoke. New research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests that not all birth control pills are created equal. The difference might be due in part to the specific ty

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  2. A Birth-Control Pill for Men?

    Jan. 5, 2000 (Boston) -- Thanks to a litter of infertile mice, a new contraceptive pill for men may soon be in the works, say British and Swiss researchers in the Jan 6. issue of the journal Nature. Unlike other male versions of "the pill" currently on the drawing board, which block the action of th

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  3. Most British Pharmacists Support the Morning-After Pill

    Dec. 29, 1999 (Atlanta) -- The majority of pharmacists in the United Kingdom are willing to supply emergency contraception without a prescription, according to a study conducted by the University of East Anglia, in Norwich, England. Advocates say the finding is an important step in making the mornin

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  4. CDC: Family Planning Among the Greatest Achievements of the Century

    Dec. 2, 1999 (Atlanta) -- On the cusp of the new millennium, family planning, though not quite in its infancy, still has a lot of room for growth. But enough has been accomplished in that area during the last 100 years for the CDC to consider it one of the century's 10 greatest public health achieve

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  5. New Low-Dose Oral Contraceptive Just as Good as Higher Dose

    Nov. 24, 1999 (Cleveland) -- Newer, low-dose oral contraceptive (OC) pills offer similar contraception but possibly less chance of side effects than older OC pills that contain up to 75% more estrogen, according to a study in the supplement to the November issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics

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  6. Spermicide Use May Contribute to Women's Urinary Tract Infections

    Nov. 21, 1999 (Philadelphia) -- The use of spermicides during intercourse may increase women's risk of developing a urinary tract infection, according to research presented here this week at the 37th annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. In previous studies, these infections

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  7. Why Aren't Men More Involved?

    It's funny: We all know that it takes both sperm and an egg to have a baby. However, when it comes down to it, most of the burden for contraception and pregnancy -- key components of reproductive health -- falls on women. According to a survey done by the Kaiser Family Foundation called "Men's Role

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  8. A Star Returns: Elaine Benes' Favorite Form of Birth Control Makes a Comeback

    After a four-year lapse, that little, round, pink piece of foam that gained national attention on the sitcom "Seinfeld" is scheduled for a comeback. The Today sponge, discontinued in 1995, may be back on shelves this fall, thanks to Allendale Pharmaceuticals of Allendale, New Jersey. When the appara

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  9. Female Condom Use Still Has Barriers

    Nov. 11, 1999 (Chicago) -- For psychologist Wendee Wechsberg, PhD, the female condom isn't just a device to prevent pregnancy -- it's a part of a personal crusade to help women in the most desperate situations. Wechsberg counsels prostitutes and drug addicts about strategies that she hopes will turn

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  10. Blood Pressure Drug Shows Potential as Male Oral Contraceptive

    Oct. 4, 1999 (New York) -- New research suggests that a drug used to treat high blood pressure may be useful as a male contraceptive. The intriguing finding is the result of observations of reversible infertility in men taking the calcium channel blocker Procardia (nifedipine). At the recent annual

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