Irregular Periods May Be Risk Factor for Ovarian Cancer, Study Suggests

April 10, 2014

Women with irregular menstrual cycles may have more than double the risk of ovarian cancer compared to women who have regular monthly periods, new research suggests.

Too Many Younger Teens Still Getting Pregnant: CDC

April 8, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, April 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Despite a drop in teen birth rates in recent years, too many girls under 18 are still getting pregnant, U.S. health officials said Tuesday.
Even though births to teens aged 15 to 17 have declined, a quarter of teen births occur in this age group — [...]

Obesity, ‘The Pill’ May Raise MS Risk, Research Suggests

February 28, 2014

Obesity and birth control pills may play some role in the development of multiple sclerosis (MS), two new studies suggest.

U.S. Abortion Rate Drops to Lowest Level Since 1973

February 4, 2014

The U.S. abortion rate in 2011 was the lowest it has been since 1973, and advances in contraception methods might be part of the reason why, a new report suggests.

Obama Administration Stands by Contraception Rule

January 3, 2014

By Karen PallaritoHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Jan. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The Obama administration on Friday contested U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s decision temporarily exempting an order of Catholic nuns from the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate.
Under the health-reform law, most employer health plans are required to cover U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved birth [...]

Troubled Launch of ‘Obamacare’ Tops Health News for 2013

December 30, 2013

As 2013 nears to a close, the year’s top health news story — the fumbled debut of the Affordable Care Act, often dubbed Obamacare — continues to grab headlines.

‘The Pill’ Tied to Raised Risk of Glaucoma

November 18, 2013

Taking birth control pills for more than three years may increase a woman’s risk of developing the eye disease glaucoma, a new study suggests. The findings are from an investigation involving more than 3,400 women aged 40 and older who took part in the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 2005 and 2008.

IUD Won’t Hurt Future Fertility, Study Contends

October 16, 2013

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 16 (HealthDay News) — Intrauterine devices, commonly known as IUDs, do not impair women’s future fertility, according to a new study.
Researchers in Guangdong, China found that once these contraceptive devices are removed, women have relatively high pregnancy rates and normal pregnancy results.
The study’s findings were scheduled for presentation Wednesday in Boston at [...]

1 in 3 Young U.S. Women Uses ‘Withdrawal’ for Birth Control

August 6, 2013

By Mary Brophy MarcusHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Aug. 6 (HealthDay News) — Withdrawal is an old-fashioned, unreliable form of birth control, but one-third of young women still use it anyway, new research indicates.
“Our study showed that use of withdrawal for contraception is very common, but it doesn’t work as well as other methods,” said study author Dr. [...]

White House Unveils Final Plan on Coverage for Contraception

June 28, 2013

The Obama administration on Friday issued what it called final rules that let religious organizations opt out of providing contraception coverage in their health insurance plans, as mandated by the 2010 Affordable Care Act.


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