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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  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 interval 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. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Study: Implantable Contraceptives Work

    July 18, 2007 -- Implantable contraceptives are highly effective for preventing pregnancy and seem to be well tolerated by the women who use them, a review of the research shows. The combined analysis included nine studies comparing different implantable contraceptives. More than four out of five wo

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