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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. No-Period Birth Control

      Q: I’m a little wary of the new no-period birth control pills on the market. Are they safe? A: The FDA approved the first no-period pill (brand name Lybrel) in 2007. And, yes, this new pill is safe. It isn’t that different from other low-dose birth control pills that use estrogen and progestin to st

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    7. Birth Control Pills and Weight

      Q: Is it true you’re likely to gain weight after going on birth control pills? A: Sorry, but if the numbers on the scale are higher than you’d like, you probably can’t blame that little blister pack. "On average, for women on birth control pills, as many will lose weight as will gain weight," says V

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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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