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  1. Use of Morning-After Pill on the Rise: CDC

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 14 (HealthDay News) -- The number of U.S. women using the "morning-after" contraception pill has risen dramatically in the last decade, federal health officials report. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 4.2 percent

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  2. Obama Administration Revises Contraception Mandate

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Religious organizations that object to providing birth control coverage under the Affordable Care Act would be allowed to hand that responsibility off to a third party under new rules proposed Friday by the Obama administration

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  3. Medical Group: Sell the Pill Without Prescription

    Nov. 20, 2012 -- Oral contraceptives should be made available without a prescription to reduce unintended pregnancies, according to a newly published opinion by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Whether the pill should go over-the-counter has been debated at least since

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  4. IUDs Increasingly Popular Form of Birth Control

    Oct. 18, 2012 -- While the use of long-acting intrauterine devices (IUDs) is increasing, 1 in 9 women at risk for unintended pregnancies is not using any birth control, according to a new government report.  Researchers from the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the CDC, analyzed data f

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  5. Abortion Rates Fall When Birth Control Is Free

    Oct. 4, 2012 -- Abortions and unplanned pregnancies dropped dramatically in a new study when women and teenaged girls were provided birth control at no cost. The women and girls were also more likely to choose IUDs or contraceptive implants when cost was not an issue. Family planning advocates say t

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  6. 2 in 5 Women Don't Use Birth Control

    Sept. 14, 2012 -- Two in five women of childbearing age in the U.S. didn't use any birth control in the month before they took a new survey on contraception.   The main reasons why these women skip contraception is that they think they are infertile or are not currently sexually active. But some may

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  7. Progress Toward Male Birth Control Pill?

    Aug. 16, 2012 -- The promise of a safe and effective birth control pill for men has long eluded scientists, but a new approach could change that. Researchers have identified a small molecule compound that inhibits sperm production, and they say it could lead to the first non-hormonal, easily reversi

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  8. Heart, Stroke Risk Low With Birth Control Pills

    June 13, 2012 -- The risk of having a heart attack or stroke is very low for most women who take low-dose hormonal contraceptives, but that risk rises with age, new research confirms. The study, published online in The New England Journal of Medicine, included more than 1.6 million Danish women. Tha

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  9. IUD Beats Pill at Preventing Pregnancy

    May 23, 2012 -- Women using birth control pills may have a 20 times greater risk of an unplanned pregnancy than women using longer-acting forms of birth control like an intrauterine device (IUD) or implant, new research shows. A major new study shows the failure rate of birth control pills and other

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  10. New Warning for Some Birth Control Pills

    April 10, 2012 -- Birth control pills that contain the hormone drospirenone must now carry a warning that they may increase the risk for potentially fatal blood clots, according to the FDA. Drospirenone is a synthetic version of the female sex hormone progesterone. Birth control pills containing thi

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