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  1. Going Over the Counter? Legislators to Debate Future of the Pill

    June 14, 2000 (Washington) -- About 18 million U.S. women each year visit a doctor to get a prescription for an oral contraceptive, better known as the pill. But if the FDA sides with supporters of the over-the-counter contraceptive pill, women may soon be able to go directly to the drugstore and by

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  2. 'Invisible Condom' in the Works

    June 7, 2000 -- Researchers are gearing up to start a human study for the "invisible condom," a gel, invisible to the woman's partner, that they hope will protect women against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV. "It is a gel that is liquid at room temperature and becomes a gel at b

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  3. Sterilization Surprisingly Popular, Even Among Single Women

    May 26, 2000 -- Tubal sterilization, or "getting your tubes tied," is nearly as popular as the birth control pill among all women who want to avoid pregnancy, and is a surprisingly popular choice among young, unmarried women, two new studies show. The studies, published in the journal Fertility and

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  4. Four Decades of the Birth Control Pill

    May 8, 2000 -- It was in 1960, the cusp of the women's movement and the sexual revolution, when "the pill" was given formal blessing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. On May 9, the birth control pill celebrates its 40th birthday. During those four decades, experts say, the pill has been a re

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  5. The Pill May Reduce Risk of Ovarian Cancer

    April 20, 2000 -- Childbirth and oral contraceptives may reduce the risk of ovarian cancer up to the age of 49, according to a report in the March issue of the journal Epidemiology. But researchers say the protective effect of oral contraceptives may decline after the age of 50. Ovarian cancer's dea

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  6. New Male Birth-Control Options May Be on the Way

    April 17, 2000 -- Although it may be 10-15 years before a male "birth control pill" is ready for the market, researchers are testing several promising types of hormonal contraceptives for men. Not only could these methods be effective for birth control, researchers say, some might offer protection f

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  7. New Male Birth-Control Options May Be on the Way

    April 17, 2000 -- Although it may be 10-15 years before a male "birth control pill" is ready for the market, researchers are testing several promising types of hormonal contraceptives for men. Not only could these methods be effective for birth control, researchers say, some might offer protection f

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  8. The Pill May Actually Help Some Women Get Pregnant

    April 6, 2000 (Baltimore) -- Women who take birth control pills to prevent their ovaries from producing an egg for a month -- a process called anovulation -- prior to in vitro fertilization (IVF) experience an enhanced rate of pregnancy, a study in the current issue of the journal Fertility and Ster

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  9. Birth-Control Pills May Help Build Bones

    March 15, 2000 (Los Angeles) -- Researchers in Australia have found that women who take birth-control pills have a modest increase in bone density in their spines, especially during the first five years of pill use. "This is an interesting side effect of oral contraceptives," researcher Julie Pasco,

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  10. Are Periods Just an 'Option' for Those on the Pill?

    March 9, 2000 (Washington) - Imagine a world without PMS, without tampons, without cramps. Aside from cutting into comedians' repertoire, this may strike many as a pleasant scenario, and it can easily be achieved by using birth control pills to suppress menstrual periods, a reproductive health resea

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