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  1. Birth Control Pill Yasmin Goes Generic

    June 24, 2008 -- The birth control pill Yasmin is about to get a generic version, and a generic version of the oral contraceptive Yaz is also in the works. That news comes from Bayer, the drug company that makes Yasmin and Yaz, and Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc., which will market generic Yasmin and Yaz

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  2. Doctors Not Telling Women About Plan B

    June 19, 2008 -- Despite widespread misinformation about emergency contraception -- the so-called morning-after pill -- only 3% of women's doctors discuss Plan B with them. The finding comes from data collected during face-to-face interviews with 7,643 women aged 15 to 44. The interviews were conduc

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  3. No More Periods

    Karen Manser hated her periods. "I just had a horrible time. They made me miserable. Sometimes I would lay curled up like a little ball in the bed in pain." So she did something drastic: she stopped her periods cold. At 44, she hasn't menstruated in 10 years. Now, women are quickly catching on to wh

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  4. Contraceptive Pill: Cancer Protection

    Jan 24, 2008 -- Oral contraceptives cut women's risk of ovarian cancer for more than 30 years after they stop taking them -- giving the pill a net anticancer effect. Each five-year intervalĀ of oral contraceptive use cuts a woman's ovarian cancer risk by up to 29%. The longer a woman uses the pill, t

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  5. Stronger Warning for Birth Control Patch

    Jan. 18, 2008 -- The FDA today strengthened its warning on the risk of serious blood clots in women using the Ortho Evra birth control skin patch. The warning about venous thromboembolism -- clots in veins that may be life-threatening if they travel to the lungs and cause pulmonary embolism -- isn't

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  6. Long-Term Birth Control: New Implants and Patches

    Birth control pills aren't for everyone. If you've forgotten your pills too many times -- or can't take them -- there are plenty of options. The birth control patch (Ortho Evra), vaginal ring (NuvaRing), and three types of birth control implants (Mirena, Implanon, and Essure) offer long-term birth c

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  7. Plan B One-Step: Seven Questions and Answers

    Here are questions and answers about the emergency contraceptive Plan B One-Step. Plan B One-Step is an emergency contraceptive pill taken by mouth after unprotected sex. It is used to prevent pregnancy. It is not for routine contraceptive use and does not prevent against sexually transmitted diseas

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  8. The Pill Raises Cervical Cancer Risk

    Nov. 8, 2007 -- Women who use oral contraceptives have an increased risk of developing cervical cancer, but the risk drops quickly once the pill is stopped. Taking oral contraceptives for five or more years was associated with a doubling of cervical cancer risk in the newly published study. But risk

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  9. Artery Plaque Risk From the Pill?

    Nov. 6, 2007 (Orlando, Fla.) -- In what they call a startling finding, European researchers report that the millions of women worldwide who are on the pill or who used oral contraceptives for a year or more in the past are at increased risk of plaque buildup in the arteries. "This the first time we

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  10. Decrease in Cancer Risk for Pill Users

    Sept. 11, 2007 -- More than 300 million women have used oral contraceptives since they were introduced in the early 1960s. Now a 36-year study shows a slight decrease in overall cancer risk in users of the pill. In one of the largest and longest follow-up studies ever to examine the issue, researche

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