Some Teen Girls Coerced Into Pregnancy: Study

May 4, 2016

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Girls as young as 14 have boyfriends who’ve pressured them to become pregnant, sabotaged their birth control, or otherwise tried to control their reproductive health, a new study finds.
The study was small, surveying 77 sexually experienced high school girls in New York City. But researchers […]

Teen Birth Rate Hits a Record Low in U.S.

April 29, 2016

The teen birth rate in the United States has reached an all-time low.

Contraception Safety Program for Acne Drug Failing in Canada

April 25, 2016

MONDAY, April 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A Canadian program to prevent pregnancy in women who are taking the acne drug isotretinoin is failing because many women do not follow the program’s recommendations, a new study finds.
Isotretinoin increases the risk of birth defects and miscarriages, the researchers explained. First marketed as Accutane, isotretinoin is now […]

New Guidelines Issued on Breast, Genital Plastic Surgery for Teen Girls

April 22, 2016

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A growing interest among teenaged girls in plastic surgery on their breasts or genitals has prompted a leading ob/gyn group to recommend that doctors first talk to these young women about “normal” sexual development.
“Our membership has been telling us this is coming up more […]

Life-Saving Health Care in Poor Nations Would Cost $5 Per Person: Study

April 10, 2016

SUNDAY, April 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The cost of health care that could save the lives of millions of children and their mothers every year would be less than $5 per person, researchers report.
The money would expand basic health services — such as birth control, nutritional supplements and medication to treat serious illnesses such […]

Scientists Spot ‘Switch’ That Helps Sperm Penetrate Egg

March 29, 2016

TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The “switch” that triggers the sudden tail whip that sperm use to penetrate and fertilize an egg has been pinpointed by researchers.
The finding could help identify a possible cause of male infertility. And, the study authors suggested, the switch could be a potential target for new contraceptives that […]

Birth Control Pills Linked to Fewer Severe Knee Injuries in Teen Girls

March 23, 2016

WEDNESDAY, March 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Teen girls who take birth control pills may be less likely to seriously injure their knees than those who don’t take the pill, a new study suggests.
“Young athletes currently use birth control pills for various reasons, including more predictable cycles and lighter periods,” said study author Aaron Gray, […]

Condom Use Falls When Teen Girls Opt for IUDs vs. The Pill

March 14, 2016

MONDAY, March 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) — High school girls who use long-acting contraception — such as IUDs or implants — are less likely to focus on condom use than girls who are on the Pill, a new study finds.
Experts say the finding shows that many young women aren’t paying enough attention to […]

Obese Women on Birth Control Pills May Face Higher Risk of Rare Stroke

March 14, 2016

By Karen PallaritoHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, March 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Obese women who take oral contraceptives may have a higher risk for a rare type of stroke, a new study suggests.
Dutch researchers found that obese women on birth control pills were nearly 30 times more likely to develop this rare type of stroke, known as […]

Steep Decline in Unintended Pregnancies in U.S., Study Finds

March 2, 2016

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, March 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Accidental pregnancies have reached a three-decade low in the United States, mostly because of long-acting contraceptive methods, a new study found.
The unintended pregnancy rate declined by 18 percent in women of childbearing years between 2008 and 2011, to “the lowest level we’ve seen in at […]


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