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  1. The Pill May Actually Help Some Women Get Pregnant

    April 6, 2000 (Baltimore) -- Women who take birth control pills to prevent their ovaries from producing an egg for a month -- a process called anovulation -- prior to in vitro fertilization (IVF) experience an enhanced rate of pregnancy, a study in the current issue of the journal Fertility and Ster

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  2. Birth-Control Pills May Help Build Bones

    March 15, 2000 (Los Angeles) -- Researchers in Australia have found that women who take birth-control pills have a modest increase in bone density in their spines, especially during the first five years of pill use. "This is an interesting side effect of oral contraceptives," researcher Julie Pasco,

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  3. Are Periods Just an 'Option' for Those on the Pill?

    March 9, 2000 (Washington) - Imagine a world without PMS, without tampons, without cramps. Aside from cutting into comedians' repertoire, this may strike many as a pleasant scenario, and it can easily be achieved by using birth control pills to suppress menstrual periods, a reproductive health resea

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  4. Are Periods Just an 'Option' for Those on the Pill?

    March 9, 2000 (Washington) - Imagine a world without PMS, without tampons, without cramps. Aside from cutting into comedians' repertoire, this may strike many as a pleasant scenario, and it can easily be achieved by using birth control pills to suppress menstrual periods, a reproductive health resea

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  5. Getting 'Morning-After Pill' Not Always Easy

    Feb. 17, 2000 (New York) -- Emergency contraception, sometimes referred to as the "morning-after pill," can prevent pregnancy when taken within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse, but a study published in the February issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology suggests that getting the contraceptives from

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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