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  1. Even Best Contraceptive Methods Can Fail

    April 29, 2003 -- Millions of women get pregnant each year despite regular use of contraceptives. Even the best contraceptive methods often fail, a new study shows, because they do not suit the individual user's circumstances. Two-thirds of the women who had unplanned pregnancies in the French study

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  2. Birth Control Sponge Returns

    March 6, 2003 -- The contraceptive sponge - famously depicted in a Seinfeld episode -- has returned, at least on the Internet. Allendale Pharmaceuticals, the company that purchased the rights to the Today Sponge from its previous manufacturer, has begun selling the product on two Canadian Internet s

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  3. Hormone-Free Male Contraception Possible

    Dec. 10, 2002 -- A hormone-free "birth control" drug for men may indeed be possible. British researchers have discovered that an available drug causes deformities in sperm, making them unable to fertilize an egg. The drug is used to treat a rare genetic disorder called Gaucher's disease. Even better

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  4. New Permanent Birth Control for Women

    Nov. 5, 2002 -- Women will soon have the option of sterilization without surgery. The FDA has approved a device that is implanted into the fallopian tubes without the use of an incision or general anesthesia. It's the first nonsurgical alternative to "getting your tubes tied," or tubal ligation. The

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  5. Birth Control Injections Recalled

    Oct. 11, 2002 -- Concerns about a potential lack of potency and contraceptive failure have prompted the recall of thousands of Lunelle monthly contraceptive injections. The manufacturer today announced that it cannot assure the potency of the pre-filled syringes, and their use may result in pregnanc

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  6. Birth Control Pills May Aid Fertility

    Sept. 27, 2002 -- Women who take birth control pills for long periods of time may find it a little easier to get pregnant once they go off the pill than other women. A new study shows women who used oral contraceptives for more than five years before attempting to conceive are more likely to have su

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  7. Vaginal Ring as Effective as the Pill .

    Sept. 5, 2002 -- Women who want an alternative to taking daily birth control pills may find relief in a ring -- a vaginal ring. Research shows a new vaginal ring that delivers a steady dose of the same hormones found in some oral contraceptives is safe, easy to use, and works just as well as the pil

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  8. New Birth Control Pills, Same Old Stroke Risk

    Feb. 7, 2002 -- Hopes that the latest generation of birth control pills would put women at less risk of stroke than older formulations were shattered today by research presented at a meeting of stroke experts. "Women using any type of birth control pills have about twice the stroke risk of nonusers,

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  9. Copper IUDs Found Safe, Effective

    Aug. 22, 2001 -- A new study finds that young women who are seeking a safe, effective, and inexpensive method of birth control should consider the copper intrauterine device, or IUD. But chances are most mothers of "Gen-Xers" who steadfastly cling to the belief that IUDs can cause infections and inf

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  10. The Rule: The Pill Prevents Ovarian Cancer

    July 25, 2001 -- Ovarian cancer is a rare but devastatingly deadly form of cancer. One way women can prevent the disease is to take oral contraceptives. However, new research shows that the Pill is not as protective in women who have mutations in one or both of two particular genes associated with o

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