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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Safer, Easier Emergency Contraception

    Dec. 5, 2002 -- Now morning-after birth control is easier and safer than ever, a World Health Organization study suggests. It finds that one-time treatment with a hormone commonly used in birth-control pills -- taken up to five days after unprotected sex -- prevents pregnancy. Women seeking emergenc

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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. Making Emergency Contraception Easier

    -->Sept. 11, 2002 -- Roughly 3 million American women become unintentionally pregnant each year, and half of those pregnancies end in abortions. But proponents of a plan to give women over-the-counter access to emergency contraception say the move could reduce unwanted pregnancies and abortions by h

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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