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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. Getting 'Morning-After Pill' Not Always Easy

      Feb. 17, 2000 (New York) -- Emergency contraception, sometimes referred to as the "morning-after pill," can prevent pregnancy when taken within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse, but a study published in the February issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology suggests that getting the contraceptives from

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    10. Newer Oral Contraceptives May Be Safer for Smokers

      Jan. 19, 2000 (Minneapolis) -- Oral contraceptives are known to increase the risk of heart problems for women who smoke. New research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests that not all birth control pills are created equal. The difference might be due in part to the specific ty

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