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    1. Nortrel 7/7/7 Birth Control Pill Recalled

      Date of recall: July 9, 2003 What is being recalled: Barr Laboratories is voluntarily recalling three lots of its Nortrel 7/7/7 28- day birth control pills. The pills in these oral contraceptives may have been improperly packaged, which may increase the risk of unintentional pregnancy. The recall is

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    2. Condoms in Schools Don't Boost Teen Sex

      May 28, 2003 -- Despite fears that giving out condoms in schools may lead to more sex, a new study shows the opposite is true. Researchers found that students at schools with condom-availability programs have sex less often than those at schools without these controversial initiatives. This finding,

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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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