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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. The Pill: Is Newer Better?

      July 20, 2001 -- Six years ago, media reports surfaced suggesting that some newer birth control pills could increase a woman's risk of potentially serious blood clots. In a new study, British researchers have not only confirmed the risk, but say the risk is nearly double that of older birth control

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    5. The Today Sponge Coming (Back) Soon

      July 13, 2001 (Washington) -- Is the Today sponge worthy of a comeback? Indeed, the female contraceptive made famous by Seinfeld'sElaine may be available again in the U.S -- and soon. Yes, you've heard that before, but this time, it appears closer than ever and could be available in as little as 90

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    6. Condom Ads on TV Remain Controversial

      June 19, 2001 -- Sex sells. Many advertising companies have demonstrated that. But does safe sex sell? If you're channel surfing during prime time, on network television you may see a group of 20-something women discuss their lifelong friendship -- and their similar choice in oral birth control. Or

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    7. Opinion: Women Earn Right to Contraceptive Coverage

      June 18, 2001 (Washington) -- Women seeking pharmaceutical and sexual equality no doubt cheered a federal court ruling in Seattle last week. The decision says, in effect, that an employer must provide insurance coverage for prescription contraceptives. Is this one small step or a giant leap for woma

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    8. Employer's Health Plan Must Include Birth Control for Women

      June 12, 2001 -- A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Bartell Drug Co. must include contraceptives for women in its employee health insurance plan. The decision marks nearly a year of litigation, sparked when Jennifer Erickson, a 27-year-old pharmacist, filed suit last summer because the firm would no

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    9. FDA Approves New Birth Control Pill

      May 14, 2001 -- Berlex Laboratories announced today that the FDA approved its new oral contraceptive called Yasmin . The low-dose pill touts a different form of the hormone progestin called drospirenone, which the company claims is unique to this birth control pill. In a prepared statement, Berlex n

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    10. New Birth Control Pill Smoothes Away PMS

      May 1, 2001 (Chicago) -- Birth control pills are the multitasking drugs of the new millenium. Once used only for contraception, the drugs are now used to treat conditions ranging from headache to acne. Now an investigational birth control that uses a new type of the hormone, a progestin called drosp

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