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Vaginal Ring That Targets Pregnancy, HIV Seems Safe: Study

FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental vaginal ring meant to prevent pregnancy and HIV looks safe, according to an early stage study. The dual-purpose ring releases the antiretroviral drug dapivirine and the contraceptive…

AHA: Boy With Heart Defects Thrives After 'Time Bomb' Delivery

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- During the last few months of her pregnancy, Lisa Livesay closed the door to the nursery she and her husband, Chris, had created for their third child. She couldn't bear to look inside,…

Obamacare May Have Boosted Access to Birth Control

FRIDAY, Aug. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Medicaid expansion through the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, may close a big gap in women's access to reproductive health care, a new study suggests. In a survey of nearly 1,200 women…

Bayer Stops U.S. Sale of Essure Birth Control Implant

FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Amid lawsuits and plummeting sales for its Essure birth control device, drug giant Bayer announced Friday that it would cease U.S. sales of the product by the end of 2018. "This decision is based…

FDA Puts New Restrictions on Contraceptive Implant Essure

MONDAY, April 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- To help curb complications tied to the permanent contraceptive implant Essure, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday slapped new restrictions on the sale of the device. The step was taken…

Male Birth Control Pill Shows Early Promise

MONDAY, March 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An attempt to develop a safe and effective "male pill" is making headway, according to preliminary results of a small study. In a four-week trial of men under 50, an experimental hormone-based birth…

Hormonal Birth Control Won't Raise Depression Risk: Study

MONDAY, Feb. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's no evidence of a link between hormonal birth control and depression in women, researchers report. "Depression is a concern for a lot of women when they're starting hormonal contraception,…

Essure Female Sterilization Device Appears Safe: Study

TUESDAY, Jan. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Essure implants used in female sterilization have come under fire in recent years, with women reporting a wide array of problems to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. A new study from France…

Conceiving Despite IUD Use Is Tied to Higher Odds for Pregnancy Complications

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of women use an IUD as a safe, reliable means of birth control. But a new study finds that in rare cases where conception occurs despite IUD use, the rate of obstetric complications may rise. "Because…

Conceiving Despite IUD Use Is Tied to Higher Odds for Pregnancy Complications

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of women use an IUD as a safe, reliable means of birth control. But a new study finds that in rare cases where conception occurs despite IUD use, the rate of obstetric complications may rise. "Because…

Conceiving Despite IUD Use Is Tied to Higher Odds for Pregnancy Complications

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of women use an IUD as a safe, reliable means of birth control. But a new study finds that in rare cases where conception occurs despite IUD use, the rate of obstetric complications may rise. "Because…