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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. '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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  10. 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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