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  1. Plan B: Sebelius Overrules FDA, Nixes Sale Without ID

    Dec. 7, 2011 -- Plan B One-Step -- the emergency contraceptive "morning-after pill" -- will remain hidden behind pharmacy counters. Girls under age 17 will still need a prescription. Teva Pharmaceuticals had petitioned the FDA to allow stores to put Plan B on shelves with other family-planning produ

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  2. New Version of Contraceptive Implant Is Easier to Insert

    Nov. 10, 2011 -- The drugmaker Merck has introduced a new version of its long-acting contraceptive implant Implanon, designed for easier insertion and removal by health care professionals. The new version of the contraceptive is called Nexplanon. Like Implanon, it is a progestin-only hormonal birth

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  3. Study: Newer Birth Control Pills May Double Blood Clot Risk

    Oct. 25, 2011 -- Women who take newer birth control pills appear to get dangerous blood clots in their veins about twice as often as women on an older pill formulation. That was the finding of one of the largest studies ever to look at the link between blood clots and hormonal contraception. Still,

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  4. Birth Control Pills Recalled

    Sept. 16, 2011 -- Qualitest Pharmaceuticals is voluntarily recalling multiple lots of its birth control pills because of a packaging error that may leave women without adequate contraception and at risk for unintended pregnancy. Select blister packs of the birth control pills were rotated 180 degree

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  5. IUDs for Birth Control May Cut Cervical Cancer Risk

    Sept. 12, 2011 -- Women who use intrauterine devices (IUDs) for birth control, even for a short time, have a lower cervical cancer risk than those with no history of IUD use, new research suggests. Compared to women who had never used an IUD, the international study found that those who had used the

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  6. No More Co-pay for Birth Control

    Aug. 1, 2011 -- Health care reform requires new insurance plans to fully cover women's preventive care, which now will include free birth control, yearly wellness visits, breastfeeding counseling and equipment, and screening for gestational diabetes, domestic abuse, HPV, sexually transmitted infecti

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  7. IUDs May Be Underused Form of Birth Control

    June 20, 2011 -- Intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implantable contraceptives may not be popular, but they are among the most reliable contraceptive methods available. "IUDs and implants should be considered first-line contraceptives for a majority of women," says Eve Espey, MD, MPH, an associate prof

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  8. Is Your Birth Control as Safe as You Think?

    By Laura Beil Christen Childs woke up on September 12, 2009, in the pitch dark of early morning with what she thought was a pulled muscle in her leg. She reached down to massage the cramp, trying to fathom how her left calf could be so achingly sore when she hadn't made it to the gym in weeks. This

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  9. Clot Risk May Be Higher With Newer Birth Control Pills

    April 21, 2011 -- Women who take birth control pills with the newer hormone drospirenone have a higher risk for developing potentially serious blood clots than women who take oral contraceptives containing the older hormone levonorgestrel, two new studies show. The studies are published in BMJ Onlin

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  10. New Morning-After Pill Ella Wins FDA Approval

    Aug. 13, 2010 -- The FDA has approved Ella, a new morning-after contraceptive pill effective for up to five days after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure. An FDA expert advisory panel last June unanimously urged the FDA to approve the drug. Called Ella in the U.S., the drug already is approved

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