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  1. Seasonique Birth Control Pill Approved

    May 26, 2006 -- The FDA has approved Seasonique, an extended-cycle birth control that gives women four periods per year instead of 12 (one per month). Seasonique is "the next generation" of Seasonale, an extended-cycle birth control pill launched in 2003, states a news release from Barr Pharmaceutic

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  2. Hormonal Birth Control: A Male Option?

    April 27, 2006 -- Hormonal contraception contraception for men may finally become a commercial reality within the next few years, experts suggest. Research offers reassuring evidence that it is not only effective, but reversible. Researchers from UCLA and the University of Sydney analyzed sperm data

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  3. Birth Control Patch May Up Clot Risk

    Feb. 17, 2006 -- Women using the Ortho Evra birth control patch may be twice as likely to develop blood clots as women using birth control pills, say researchers. That's according to preliminary data from a new study. But the study is still being analyzed, and it's too early to be sure of the findin

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  4. The Pill Won't Add Pounds, Study Shows

    Jan. 24, 2006 -- Women taking birth control pills should not blame their method of contraception when they put on a few pounds. A newly published review suggests that there is no truth to the widespread belief that oral contraceptives and other forms of hormonal birth control cause weight gain. "Wom

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  5. Less Sexual Desire After the Pill?

    Jan. 3, 2006 - Birth control pills may have long-lasting negative effects on women's sexual function, a small study suggests. The study -- which looked only at women who already had sex problems -- does not prove that birth control pills cause sexual dysfunction. But it does add to previous research

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  6. Abortion Drug Adverse Events Reported

    Dec. 29, 2005 -- The FDA received reports of 607 adverse events involving the abortion drug RU-486 over a four-year period, it was reported this week. The adverse events included five reported deaths and 68 cases of severe bleeding that required transfusions. Late last month, federal officials confi

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  7. Warning Added to Birth Control Patch

    Nov. 11, 2005 -- Ortho Evra, the birth control skin patch, will get a new bolded warning stating that the patch provides a higher exposure to estrogen than birth control pills. "Higher levels of estrogen may put some women at increased risk for getting blood clots," states the FDA. The FDA provided

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  8. FDA Label Proposal: Condoms Not Perfect

    Nov. 11, 2005 -- The FDA is proposing that latex condom packaging carry labels noting that condoms don't provide perfect protection against pregnancy, HIV, or sexually transmitted diseases. The proposals state that using latex condoms can reduce -- but not eliminate -- the risk of pregnancy and tran

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  9. Birth Control Pills May Lower MS Risk

    Sept. 12, 2005 - Women who take birth control pills may be less likely to develop multiple sclerosis (MS) while they're on the pill, according to a new study. The study also showed that women are nearly three times more likely to develop the first symptoms of multiple sclerosis in the first six mont

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  10. FDA Delays Decision on 'Morning After' Pill

    Aug. 26, 2005 - The FDA has put off deciding whether to allow over-the-counter sales of the Plan B "morning after" pill. The problem isn't safety, says FDA Commissioner Lester Crawford, DVM, PhD. The agency is convinced the emergency contraceptive is safe for all women. The problem, Crawford says, i

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