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    1. Newer Birth Control Pills May Up Blood Clot Risk

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Newer forms of the birth control pill -- brands such as Yaz, Yasmin and Desogen -- are more likely to cause blood clots than older versions, a new study finds. However, the study authors also stressed that the odds of a cl

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    2. Teen Long-Term Contraception Use Up, Remains Low

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The use of long-acting, reversible forms of contraception remains low among sexually active teen girls, though that trend seems to be changing, according to a U.S. government report released Tuesday. Among teens aged 15

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    3. Surprise Pregnancy: Could It Happen to You?

      It happens more often than you might think. Almost half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned. “If you’re a woman and haven’t gone through menopause yet, then it’s possible for you to get pregnant,” says Siobhan Dolan, MD, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and women’s health at Albert

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    4. Long-Acting Birth Control Use Up Fivefold: CDC

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The use of long-acting birth control methods such as IUDs or under-the-skin implants jumped fivefold between 2002 and 2011, according to a new U.S. government report. Among U.S. women aged 15 to 44, the use of these lon

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    5. IUDs, Birth Control Implants: How Long They Work

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Hormonal intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants appear to prevent pregnancy one year beyond their approved length of use, according to early results from an ongoing study. Researchers are assessing whether

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    6. Contraceptive Knowledge and Safe Use of Acne Drug

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say giving birth control information to women visiting dermatology clinics can help promote the safe use of the drug isotretinoin, an acne medication known to cause birth defects. Isotretinion was originally

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    7. Do You Know Your Long-Term Birth Control Options?

      You don’t have to take a pill every day. There are birth control methods that last weeks, months, or even years with little effort on your part - and no surgery. They are safe and effective for most healthy women. Which one is best for you? “The best method of contraception for any woman is the meth

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    8. The Truth About ‘The Pill’ and Your Sex Drive

      Not in the mood lately? Wonder if your birth control pills are affecting your sex drive? It's possible, but not likely. For most women, birth control pills don't affect their desire to have sex (libido). But if you've noticed a shift in your libido since you started taking "the pill," you can get yo

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    9. U.S. Birth Rate Hovers at All-Time Low, CDC Reports

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. birth rate remained at an all-time low in 2013, due largely to a significant drop in teen births, new research shows. More than 3.9 million births occurred in the United States in 2013, down a bit less than 1 per

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    10. Pill Remains Most Common Birth Control Method

      By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The pill remains one of the most popular methods of birth control for women, along with female sterilization and condoms, a new report shows. Among the two-thirds of women aged 15 to 44 who used birth control between 2011

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