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New generation oral contraceptives run a greater risk of causing blood clots

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Birth control pills, also known as oral contraceptives are an important part of many adult women’s lives. But according to a latest study report published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) it has been found that birth control pills which contain the hormone drospirenone are likely to cause blood clots twice as much as the pills […]

Rise in oral contraceptive usage among teens

Friday, May 6th, 2011

The increasing usage of oral contraceptives among teenagers was reflected in a recent study conducted by Thomson Reuters. In the seven years between 2002 and 2009, the percentage of teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18 using oral contraceptives has gone up by 63% for those who are insured and 38% for those who […]

Intrauterine contraception knowledge limited among young women

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Source: MedWire News Reproductive-aged women continue to have significant misconceptions about the benefits, risks, and efficacy of intrauterine contraception, show results of a US survey. “Our findings reveal need for improvement in knowledge for all women, regardless of contraceptive history,” say Tessa Madden (Washington University, St Louis, Missouri) and co-researchers. Data from 1,665 surveys from […]

Out-of-pocket spend and dispensing limits, barriers to contraception

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Source: MedWire News Women pay a substantial amount of money out-of-pocket for oral contraception (OC) and, although they are improving, dispensing limits still remain, report US researchers. “More work needs to be done to remove any barriers that prevent women from obtaining as many pills packs as they want,” suggest Su-Ying Liang, from the University […]

Female gynecologists happy to prescribe extended OC use

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Source: MedWire News A study involving female gynecologists practicing in Germany and Austria shows that they are happy to prescribe extended oral contraception (OC) for negative, cycle-related effects including headaches and dysmenorrhea. Furthermore, the gynecologists’ personal experiences with extended OC use did not influence the likelihood of them recommending the regimen to their patients. “Many […]

Pill May Be Linked To Increases In Certain Brain Areas.

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Source: DIA Daily The UK Telegraph (8/18, Jamieson) reports that after taking “high-resolution images of men, women taking the pill, and women not taking the pill,” Austrian researchers found the “contraceptive of choice of an estimated 3.5 million British women — a quarter of all 16 to 49-year-olds — increases the size of parts of […]

IUDs more effective at preventing pregnancy than hormonal injection

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Source: MedWire News Intrauterine devices (IUDs) better protect women against the risk for pregnancy compared with depot progestogens (DMPA), show the results of a two-study review. “This information will be useful for counseling women regarding their choice of contraception,” write G Justus Hofmeyr from the University of the Witwatersrand in East London, South Africa, and […]

Non-coital contraception is favored by university students

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Source: MedWire News US study results indicate that the majority of female university students use non-coital dependent methods of contraception and are more likely to be satisfied with the method, compared with their counterparts who use coital-dependent methods. Jennifer Ersek and colleagues at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, investigated the association between contraceptive […]

Oral Contraceptives May Reduce Risk Of Death From Any Cause In Women.

Friday, March 12th, 2010

The contraceptive Pill can extend your life and may even save 1,500 lives a year, a study has suggested. Women who have taken the Pill at any stage in their life are less likely to die from any cause – including heart disease and all types of cancer – than those who have never taken […]

Researchers examine benefits of hormonal contraceptives.

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Medscape (12/31, Barclay) reported that, according to “a practice bulletin issued by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists” published in the Jan. issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, “the benefits of hormonal contraceptives may extend beyond pregnancy prevention.” Benefits include the effective treatment of “dysmenorrhea and menorrhagia,” as well as reduction in “symptoms of premenstrual […]

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