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  1. Long-Term Birth Control Without Surgery

    You don’t have to take a pill every day. Several birth control methods last weeks, months, or even years with little effort on your part. They are safe and effective for most healthy women of childbearing age. “The best method of contraception for any woman is the method that she’s going to use corr

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Some Birth Control Pills May Up Breast Cancer Risk

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Birth control pills containing high doses of estrogen, along with some other formulations, may increase the risk of breast cancer in women under 50, new preliminary research suggests. "There are numerous oral contracep

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  5. Ruling May Not Be Last Word On Birth Control

    By Julie Rovner The Supreme Court’s decision Monday saying that “closely held corporations” do not have to abide by the contraceptive coverage mandate in the Affordable Care Act may not give those firms the ability to stop providing that coverage after all. More than half the states have “contracept

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  6. Some Companies Don't Have to Cover Birth Control

    MONDAY, June 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Family-owned companies don't have to comply with a provision of the Affordable Care Act that requires them to offer insurance coverage for contraception if that requirement violates their religious principles, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday. The 5-4 dec

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  7. Done Having Kids: His and Her Options

    Some people reach this point in their lives after having many children. Or one child. Or even no kids at all. Some are in their 30s or beyond, and some have made up their minds even earlier. Though their circumstances vary widely, millions of men and women have asked themselves these same two questi

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  8. 'The Pill' Tied to Raised Risk of Glaucoma

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 18, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Taking birth control pills for more than three years may increase a woman's risk of developing the eye disease glaucoma, a new study suggests. The findings are from an investigation involving more than 3,400 women aged 40

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  9. Many Young Women Use 'Withdrawal' for Birth Control

    By Mary Brophy Marcus HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Withdrawal is an old-fashioned, unreliable form of birth control, but one-third of young women still use it anyway, new research indicates. "Our study showed that use of withdrawal for contraception is very common, but it d

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  10. Where to Find Emergency Contraception

    Emergency contraception is safe, works well, and should now be available to anyone who needs it. But you have to know where to find it. The FDA has changed the rules about how pharmacies sell some types of emergency contraception. Before you walk into a drugstore, learn more about what's available.

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