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    1. FDA OKs 'No-Period' Birth Control Pill

      May 22, 2007 -- The FDA has approved Lybrel, the first low-dose contraceptive pill that gives women an option to stop their menstrual cycle for an indefinite period of time. However, women using Lybrel will most likely have unplanned breakthrough bleeding or spotting, according to the FDA. Women sho

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    2. Plan B Doesn’t Cut Pregnancy Rates

      April 17, 2007 - So-called morning-after contraception works for individual women, but it isn’t working to lower unwanted pregnancy rates at the population level, an analysis of the research shows. Researchers concluded that easy access to emergency contraception (involving higher doses of hormones

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    3. New Oral Contraceptive May End Periods

      Dec. 13, 2006 -- Menstrual periods may soon be just another lifestyle choice for American women. The continuous oral contraceptive Lybrel was shown to be highly effective for eliminating monthly bleeding in a yearlong study. The study was published in the December issue of the journal Contraception

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    4. Chewable Birth Control Available

      Dec. 8, 2006 - A spearmint-flavored, chewable birth-control pill is now available by prescription at U.S. drug stores. Introduced last September as Ovcon 35 Chewable, it is now dubbed Femcon Fe by Warner Chilcott, which markets the chewable made by Bristol Myers Squibb. The pill may be chewed -- fol

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    5. Protein Clue for Male Contraceptive

      Nov. 1, 2006 -- The hunt for a male contraceptive pill may have a new target: a protein called Gba2. Male mice lacking that protein are infertile, scientists report in The Journal of Clinical Investigation. Curbing Gba2 might serve as a male contraceptive, the researchers suggest. They included Davi

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    6. The Pill May Raise Breast Cancer Risk

      Oct. 31, 2006 -- Women who take oral contraceptives have a slightly increased risk of developing breast cancer early in life, with the risk being greatest for women who use oral birth control before they have their first child, a new analysis suggests. Researchers combined the findings from 34 previ

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    7. Male Contraceptive Drug in the Works

      Oct. 30, 2006 -- Scientists report promising results with a male contraceptive drug tested on rats. The drug, called Adjudin, is a long way from human use. But lab tests on rats showed no signs of side effects, and the drug's effects wore off in 20 weeks. The researchers included Chuen-yan Cheng, Ph

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    8. Ortho Evra Patch: Clot Risk Updated

      Sept. 20, 2006 -- The Ortho Evra patch is getting new labeling with more information on the risk of nonfatal blood clots associated with the patch. The clotting risk isn't new, and the patch's warning about that risk isn't being strengthened. The label change simply adds information from two observa

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    9. Morning-After Pill Is Over the Counter

      Aug. 24, 2006 -- The FDA has approved Plan B, the so-called morning-after emergency contraceptive, to be sold without prescription to women age 18 and older. Plan B's maker, Barr Pharmaceuticals, expects to introduce over-the-counter sales to women 18 and older by the end of the year. To get Plan B,

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    10. Morning After Pill Over the Counter?

      Aug. 1, 2006 -- Plan B, the so-called morning after pill, is once again at issue before the FDA. Acting FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach, MD, yesterday called on the drug's maker to revise its application for over-the-counter status for the drug. von Eschenbach suggested the company seek to ma

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