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  1. Contraception Quagmire: Making Sense of the Options

    Sept. 28, 2000 -- Today's approval of the French abortion pill RU-486 adds yet another option to women's reproductive choices, but it may also add to the confusion surrounding the various methods of medical abortion and/or emergency contraception that are currently available. When it comes to medica

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  2. Midlife Women May Be Missing Out on Pill's Benefits

    Aug. 30, 2000 -- Women often take oral contraceptives in their youth to prevent pregnancy or to regulate their periods, but many of the more than 20 million U.S. women aged 35 to 44 are unaware that they can still get important health benefits from taking low-dose birth control pills, according to a

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  3. Pill Doesn't Greatly Increase Risk of Blood Clots

    Aug. 18, 2000 -- Five years ago, doctors and patients became alarmed by reports that some newer combination birth control pills might double or even triple the risk of blood clots in the veins. In the U.S., the FDA made no move to ban or issue warnings about the pills, choosing instead to wait for m

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  4. Norplant Shipments Halted as Firm Addresses Shelf-Life Concerns

    Aug. 17, 2000 (Washington) -- The maker of the Norplant birth control device has halted all shipments of the contraceptive, and is urging doctors not to use implants shipped since last October while the company investigates possible problems with shelf life. In a letter to health care providers, Wye

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  5. Birth Control Pill Users Need Better Information

    Aug. 14, 2000 -- Because they fail to take their birth control pills correctly, nearly 7 million women worldwide have unintended pregnancies each year. In the U.S. alone, seven out of 100 pill users become pregnant annually, according to a new report from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. "

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  6. Who Should Cover the Cost of Contraception?

    July 26, 2000 --Until last week, Jennifer Erickson was just an ordinary pharmacist, working at a drugstore in Seattle. Now, the 26-year-old married woman is the poster girl for women everywhere who have had to plunk down their own money to pay for birth control. On July 19, Erickson, who says she wo

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  7. Newer Birth Control Pills Also Protect Against Ovarian Cancer

    July 24, 2000 -- Although today's birth control pill contains smaller amounts of the hormones estrogen and progestin than earlier versions of the pill, it protects women against ovarian cancer just as well, a new study shows. Doctors have long known that taking birth control pills for just a few yea

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  8. A Pill a Day Keeps the Sperm Away

    July 19, 2000 -- They multiply by the millions each day, they travel in packs, and once unleashed they are single-minded in their goal: succeed or die. Sperm, it's fair to say, are a relentless lot. And they are no easier to stop before they're released. Which is one of the reasons a male contracept

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  9. The Pill Ups Chance of Stroke -- But Few Women at Risk

    July 5, 2000 -- So does it or doesn't it? You've heard that the Pill increases your stroke risk, and then you've heard it doesn't. Now a new study says that although it appears to up women's risk -- even at low doses -- that few women of child-bearing age who are taking the Pill are at risk anyway.

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  10. Some Birth Control Pills Increase Risk of Deadly Blood Clots

    June 15, 2000 -- There's now a new reason to evaluate the risks and benefits before filling that prescription for birth control pills. The most modern birth control pills increase the risk of death from blood clots in the lung, according to a recent study published in the medical journal The Lancet

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