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  1. 5-Days-After-Sex Pill Gets FDA Panel Nod

    June 17, 2010 -- A new emergency contraceptive fully effective for five days after sex should be approved by the FDA, the federal agency's expert advisory panel says. By 11-0 votes, the panel found Ella to be safe and effective. The drug, to be called Ella in the U.S., already is approved in Europe

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  2. The Pill Is Most Popular Contraception Method

    May 26, 2010 -- If you are a fan of the tried and true birth control pill, you are not alone. Among American women in their childbearing years, ages 15 to 44, the pill was the most commonly used method of contraception between the years 2006 and 2008. That is according to the recently released repor

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  3. New Birth Control Pill Natazia Gets FDA Approval

    May 13, 2010 -- The FDA says it has approved a new birth control pill called Natazia that is the first four-phase oral contraceptive to be marketed in the United States. The pill, manufactured by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals of Wayne, N.J., contains two female hormones -- an estrogen called estr

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  4. Birth Control Pills Put Brakes on Women's Sex Drive

    May 5, 2010 -- A new European study has found that women who use hormonal contraceptives such as the birth control pill are more likely to experience sexual dysfunction such as reduced desire and arousal than women who use non-hormonal contraception and women who do not use contraception. Reporting

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  5. Which Birth Control Pill Is Safest?

    Aug. 13, 2009 -- When it comes to the risk of blood clots, some oral contraceptive pills are safer than others, according to new studies by European researchers. "Oral contraceptives with levonorgestrel and a low dose of estrogen are associated with the lowest risk of venous thrombosis [blood clots]

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  6. Testosterone Tested as Male Contraceptive

    May 6, 2009 -- After decades of delay, hormonal birth control for men may be a step closer to reality. Monthly injections of a testosterone-based contraceptive were 99% effective for preventing partner pregnancy in what researchers say is the largest trial ever of a hormone-based male birth control

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  7. The New No-Period, No-PMS Birth Control Pills

    In the beginning, there was Seasonale -- the continuous birth control pill that offered women four periods a year. Women grabbed the chance to opt out of their periods. If you don't need it, why put up with it? Today, "the pill" has been finessed even more, with lighter-period or no-period birth con

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  8. More Women Ask for Birth Control

    Aug. 13, 2008 -- More U.S. women are getting birth control services, according to a national data review. Researcher Jennifer Frost, DrPH, with the Guttmacher Institute in New York, analyzed data from women ages 15 to 44 who were surveyed as part of the National Survey of Family Growth. Information

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  9. 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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  10. 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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