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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Only 'Wonder Man' Can Resist Male Contraceptive Shots

    Jan. 29, 2001 -- They call him the Wonder Man. All the other guys who volunteered to try a once-every-six-weeks male contraceptive shot saw their sperm counts drop to zero -- results good enough for a major pharmaceutical company to begin advanced clinical tests of the approach. Results from the rec

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  6. Employers Ordered to Increase Coverage of Birth Control

    Dec. 14, 2000 (Washington) -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled that it's unlawful for employers not to cover prescription birth control if they cover a range of other preventive drugs and services. The commission's ruling only officially addresses confidential complaints fi

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  7. New Timeless Birth Control Method Being Studied

    Currently, most permanent contraception for women is done through surgery -- a tubal ligation. It's commonly known as having one's "tubes tied" in a procedure that requires a small incision and general anesthesia. But the new STOP procedure -- selective tubal occlusion procedure -- may be able to of

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  8. Experts Call for Easier Access to Emergency Contraception

    Nov. 20, 2000 (New York) -- Long touted by many reproductive health professionals as "America's best kept secret," emergency oral contraception may one day be completely out in the open and as easy to buy as aspirin -- but not before the regulatory process causes a few headaches along the way. Speak

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  9. The Return of the Sponge: Women Are Still Waiting

    Oct. 19, 2000 -- It's been five years since the contraceptive sponge, the popular over-the-counter birth-control device that once inspired a routine on the TV show Seinfeld, stopped being manufactured in the U.S. And ever since Seinfeld character Elaine debated whether to dip into her precious stash

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  10. The Pill and Breast Cancer Risk: More Food for Thought

    Oct. 10, 2000 -- Using the birth control pill may not be a good idea for some women with a strong family history of breast cancer. A new study in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association finds that these women may have up to an 11 times higher risk of breast cancer if they have ever t

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