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    1. Not Your Mother's Birth Control

      Reading a popular women's magazine the other day, I was startled to discover that what looked like one of those peel-off makeup samples wasn't a makeup sample at all. It was "The Patch," a form of birth control that you slap on your skin once a week. Of course, the magazine sample didn't actually co

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    2. Modern Rhythm

      Jan. 1, 2001 -- Nathan and Kathy Sendan begin each day with a pen, paper, and digital thermometer. The El Sobrante, Calif., couple dutifully record Kathy's basal body temperature before they even think of drinking their morning coffee. Then they combine the temperature readings with other physiologi

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    3. Covering Birth Control

      Sept. 4, 2000 -- When Seattle pharmacist Jennifer Erickson returned to work in late July one day after filing a headline-grabbing lawsuit against her employer, the Bartell Drug Co., her female co-workers were ecstatic. "It was all high fives and 'You go, girl!' " Erickson says with a laugh. Her cust

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    4. The Scope of STDs

      May 22, 2000 -- Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are a worldwide problem, with research underway in several countries towards developing better drugs and other treatments, as well as more effective prevention strategies, such as a possible vaccine for cervical cancer caused by the human papillom

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    5. Getting Your Tubes Tied

      May 1, 2000 (Portland, Ore.) -- When Susan Belcher of Lockport, Ill., had her tubes tied at age 34, she thought the procedure would be simple. She signed a consent form before the surgery and was told by her doctor that she should expect to have few -- if any -- side effects. However, following the

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    6. Does Sex Hurt?

      Lucy was dating the man who would become her husband and enjoying every moment. Soon after, without warning, she began to feel discomfort and then pain in the genital area. It got so bad she couldn't even insert a tampon. The pain made having sex impossible, too. At first, she thought she had a yeas

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    7. Erectile Dysfunction: When Viagra Doesn't Work

      April 10, 2000 (Mill Valley, Calif.) -- In his early 40s, Ron Hanson was too young to be having trouble getting and sustaining erections. But like many men, he was too embarrassed at first to talk about the problem. Hanson (not his real name) waited seven years to see a urologist. By the time he spo

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    8. A Star Returns: Elaine Benes' Favorite Form of Birth Control Makes a Comeback

      After a four-year lapse, that little, round, pink piece of foam that gained national attention on the sitcom "Seinfeld" is scheduled for a comeback. The Today sponge, discontinued in 1995, may be back on shelves this fall, thanks to Allendale Pharmaceuticals of Allendale, New Jersey. When the appara

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    9. Why Aren't Men More Involved?

      It's funny: We all know that it takes both sperm and an egg to have a baby. However, when it comes down to it, most of the burden for contraception and pregnancy -- key components of reproductive health -- falls on women. According to a survey done by the Kaiser Family Foundation called "Men's Role

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    10. Emergency Contraception: America's Best-Kept Secret

      Do you watch the television show "ER"? During an episode in 1997, Nurse Hathaway (Carol) offered the option of emergency contraception pills to a young woman who had just been forced to have sex against her will. It's possible that between 5 and 6 million people learned about emergency contraception

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