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  1. Getting Examined to Get the Pill

    May 1, 2001 -- Most women who use birth control pills expect to get a breast exam and pelvic exam each year when they see their doctor to refill the prescription. It's a familiar routine, and it allows the doctor to check for signs of sexually transmitted diseases and other harmful conditions. For m

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  2. New Sterilization Procedure Can Be Done Without Abdominal Incision

    May 1, 2001 (Chicago) -- Researchers from a small medical device company in California say they will begin pivotal trials within a year of a new sterilization procedure that will allow women to be sterilized during a 20-minute procedure in a doctor's office -- with no surgical incision into the abdo

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  3. Obstetricians Say Morning-After Pills Can Prevent Half a Million Abortions

    April 30, 2001 (Chicago) -- Marshalling the influence of the 40,000-strong American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the group's incoming president put out a call to fellow doctors Monday to offer a prescription for the morning-after pill to all women of childbearing age as part of routin

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  4. The Pill Prevents ... Colorectal Cancer?

    April 19, 2001 -- The Pill may prevent more than just pregnancy. Combined findings from several studies point to a lower risk of colorectal cancer in women who have used oral contraceptives. According to a report in the British Journal of Cancer , women who took birth-control pills at any time in th

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  5. Contraceptives Don't Protect Against Leading Cause of Infertility

    -->April 17, 2001 -- Contraceptives are essential to preventpregnancy and in the case of condoms, crucial to protect against sexuallytransmitted diseases. Lots of studies have also suggested that condoms, birthcontrol pills, and other contraceptives offer protection against the leadingcause of infer

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  6. Morning-After Pill Intensifies Internet Prescribing Debate

    March 9, 2001 (Washington) -- Need a prescription? More and more, Americans are turning to their computer for prescriptions instead of scheduling an appointment to see their doctor. A hotly debated phenomenon, Internet prescribing is convenient -- and sometimes cheaper -- than a brick-and-mortar pha

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  7. Could a Pill Protect Like a Condom?

    March 2, 2001 -- Although condoms may have their drawbacks, they are effective when used properly in preventing both pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. But what if a single pill could protect against both? New research reported in the March 2 issue of Science helps explain how the body fig

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  8. Maker of Morning-After Pill Ready for Over-the-Counter Studies

    Feb. 14, 2001 -- The next step in making a morning-after pill available over the counter in the U.S. is about to begin. Executives at Women's Capital Corporation, maker of the Plan B emergency contraceptive pill, say the FDA-sanctioned studies are gearing up in Washington state and California. In th

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  9. Emergency Contraception Without a Prescription

    Feb. 6, 2001 -- Surprisingly few women in the U.S. know that if they have unprotected sex they can still avoid pregnancy by using high-dose birth control within three days. The method is known as emergency contraception or the 'morning after' pill, and women's health advocates are trying to make sur

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  10. Bill Introduced to Restrict Use of the Abortion Pill

    Feb. 6, 2001 (Washington) -- Some Republican lawmakers are once again mounting an effort to restrict the use of the highly controversial abortion pill RU-486. U.S. Rep. David Vitter, (R-La.), and U.S. Sen. Tim Hutchinson, (R-Ark.), on Tuesday introduced legislation that would require physicians pres

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