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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. FDA OKs 'No-Period' Birth Control Pill

      May 22, 2007 -- The FDA has approved Lybrel, the first low-dose contraceptive pill that gives women an option to stop their menstrual cycle for an indefinite period of time. However, women using Lybrel will most likely have unplanned breakthrough bleeding or spotting, according to the FDA. Women sho

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    7. Plan B Doesn’t Cut Pregnancy Rates

      April 17, 2007 - So-called morning-after contraception works for individual women, but it isn’t working to lower unwanted pregnancy rates at the population level, an analysis of the research shows. Researchers concluded that easy access to emergency contraception (involving higher doses of hormones

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    8. New Oral Contraceptive May End Periods

      Dec. 13, 2006 -- Menstrual periods may soon be just another lifestyle choice for American women. The continuous oral contraceptive Lybrel was shown to be highly effective for eliminating monthly bleeding in a yearlong study. The study was published in the December issue of the journal Contraception

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    9. Chewable Birth Control Available

      Dec. 8, 2006 - A spearmint-flavored, chewable birth-control pill is now available by prescription at U.S. drug stores. Introduced last September as Ovcon 35 Chewable, it is now dubbed Femcon Fe by Warner Chilcott, which markets the chewable made by Bristol Myers Squibb. The pill may be chewed -- fol

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    10. Protein Clue for Male Contraceptive

      Nov. 1, 2006 -- The hunt for a male contraceptive pill may have a new target: a protein called Gba2. Male mice lacking that protein are infertile, scientists report in The Journal of Clinical Investigation. Curbing Gba2 might serve as a male contraceptive, the researchers suggest. They included Davi

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