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Use of Long-Acting Birth Control Rises Fivefold in a Decade: CDC

Posted 24 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 – The use of long-acting birth control methods such as IUDs or under-the-skin implants jumped fivefold between 2002 and 2011, according to a new U.S. government report. Among U.S. women aged 15 to 44, the use of these long-term but reversible contraceptives rose from 1.5 percent in 2002 to 7.2 percent in 2011-2013, says the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers from the agency's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) believe that these methods are gaining in popularity because of their proven ability to prevent unintended pregnancies. An easing of concerns about safety may be playing a role, too. IUDs (intrauterine devices) were commonly used by women in the 1970s, until safety issues led to a decline in their use. However, since then, IUDs have improved in quality, experts say. Also, over the past 20 years, ... Read more

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IUDs, Contraceptive Implants Work Longer Than Thought, Researchers Report

Posted 5 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 5, 2015 – Hormonal intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants appear to prevent pregnancy one year beyond their approved length of use, according to early results from an ongoing study. Researchers are assessing whether these long-acting forms of birth control may be effective up to three years after their approved length of use. Hormonal IUDs are currently approved for five years and contraceptive implants – small rods inserted into the arm – are currently approved for three years. Both types of contraception were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The study, by researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, will eventually enroll a total of 800 women. These preliminary results were from 263 women who used the hormonal IUD Mirena and 237 women who used the contraceptive implants Implanon and Nexplanon. The women ... Read more

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Better Contraceptive Knowledge Can Aid in Safe Use of Acne Drug: Study

Posted 5 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 – Researchers say giving birth control information to women visiting dermatology clinics can help promote the safe use of the drug isotretinoin, an acne medication known to cause birth defects. Isotretinion was originally sold under the brand name Accutane. That particular brand has been discontinued, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, the drug is still available under other brand names, including Absorica, Amnesteem, Claravis, Myorisan, Sotret and Zenatane. The FDA requires women of childbearing age to sign a pledge that they will use two forms of contraception when taking isotretinoin because the medication is known to cause birth defects. The study included 100 female patients from one dermatology clinic. Their average age was about 27, and nearly two-thirds had a college education. Their knowledge about eight methods of birth ... Read more

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Modern Birth Control Methods Could Avoid 15 Million Unwanted Pregnancies: Report

Posted 4 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 – If more women had access to modern birth control methods and used them correctly, there would be 15 million fewer unwanted pregnancies in low- and middle-income nations each year, a new study suggests. For women in these countries, unwanted pregnancies can have serious consequences, including death, disease, disability and fewer educational and job opportunities, the researchers noted. Also, many unwanted pregnancies end in abortion. Researchers looked at birth control use by women between the ages of 15 and 49, in 35 countries, between 2005 and 2012. Birth control was defined as modern or traditional. Modern methods included condoms, intrauterine devices, oral and injectable contraceptives, implants, sterilization and breast feeding. Traditional methods included withdrawal and trying to time intercourse when women weren't fertile. The risk of unwanted ... Read more

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Use of 'the Pill' Tied to Higher Risk for Rare Brain Cancer

Posted 22 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 22, 2015 – The risk for developing a rare form of brain cancer known as glioma appears to go up with long-term use of hormonal contraceptives such as the Pill, new Danish research suggests. Women under 50 with a glioma "were 90 percent more likely to have been using hormonal contraceptives for five years or more, compared with women from the general population with no history of brain tumor," said study leader Dr. David Gaist. However, the Danish study couldn't prove cause-and-effect, and Gaist stressed that the findings "need to be put in context" for women because "glioma is very rare." How rare? Only five out of every 100,000 Danish women between the ages of 15 and 49 develop the condition each year, according to Gaist, a professor of neurology at Odense University Hospital. He said that figure includes women who take contraceptives such as the birth control pill. So, ... Read more

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The Pill Remains Most Common Method of Birth Control, U.S. Report Shows

Posted 11 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 – The pill remains one of the most popular methods of birth control for women, along with female sterilization and condoms, a new report shows. Among the two-thirds of women aged 15 to 44 who used birth control between 2011 and 2013, approximately 16 percent used the pill. Female sterilization, where women have their fallopian tubes closed or blocked, was used by 15.5 percent of women, while 9.4 percent used male condoms, according to the report published Dec. 11 by the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). But intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants, both types of long-acting reversible contraceptives, are close on the heels of these other forms of birth control, with 7.2 percent of women using them. "Use of long-acting reversible contraceptives is becoming more popular," said report author Kimberly Daniels, of the NCHS. Their use has nearly ... Read more

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Some Birth Control Pills May Up Breast Cancer Risk

Posted 1 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 – Birth control pills containing high doses of estrogen, along with some other formulations, may increase the risk of breast cancer in women under 50, new preliminary research suggests. "There are numerous oral contraceptive formulations," explained lead researcher Elisabeth Beaber, a staff scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. "Some of these formulations increase breast cancer risk while other formulations do not raise risk." Overall, birth control pill use within the past year was associated with a 50 percent increased risk of breast cancer risk compared with former use or no use of birth control pills, Beaber found. This study was designed to find a possible link between oral contraceptive use and breast cancer risk in younger women. But, it wasn't designed to prove that birth control pills definitively cause the increased risk. ... Read more

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Stroke Prevention for Women: Start Early

Posted 17 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 17, 2014 – Stroke typically affects women in their later years, but doctors are now beginning to focus on helping them cut their risk earlier in life. This increased attention to risk factors in early adult years was recommended by new guidelines that were released earlier this year by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. Those guidelines are now being phased into practice by primary care doctors, experts say. For women, that translates to more screening for risk factors during office visits and more interventions to ensure a healthy lifestyle to reduce stroke risk, said Dr. Louise McCullough, director of the Stroke Center at the University of Connecticut in Farmington. McCullough is the co-author of a summary of the guidelines that was published June 16 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Stroke is a serious interruption or reduction of ... Read more

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Obesity, 'The Pill' May Raise MS Risk, Research Suggests

Posted 27 Feb 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 27, 2014 – Obesity and birth control pills may play some role in the development of multiple sclerosis (MS), two new studies suggest. One team of researchers found that people who were obese at age 20 had double the risk of developing MS in their lifetime. The researchers suspect a hormone called leptin, which influences appetite, may be causing inflammation that somehow triggers MS. Meanwhile, a second group of scientists found that women who had taken birth control pills were 35 percent more likely to develop MS, and they suggest the hormones in the pills may have an influence in development of the disease. "These studies are pointing us to potential factors that might contribute to MS," said Timothy Coetzee, chief research officer at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. However, he added that it's too soon to make any changes based on either of these studies. ... Read more

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Health Tip: When Food and Drugs Interact

Posted 27 Feb 2014 by Drugs.com

-- When food and drinks interact with medication, the medication may not work sufficiently or the drug can become too powerful as the body has trouble handling it properly. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics mentions these common examples of food and drug interaction: Grapefruit juice interacts with several drugs and may affect the way the body metabolizes medication. Drugs that may interact with grapefruit juice include: some statins, antihistamines, thyroid medications, blood pressure medications, birth control pills, cough suppressants and medications that block stomach acids. Blood-thinning medications can interact with leafy green vegetables, affecting the blood's clotting ability. Natural black licorice may interact with certain blood pressure medications and blood-thinning medications. Salt substitutes can interact with ACE inhibitors and digoxin. Tyramine (found in foods ... Read more

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'The Pill' Tied to Raised Risk of Glaucoma

Posted 18 Nov 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 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. "At this point, women who have taken oral contraceptives for three or more years should be screened for glaucoma and followed closely by an ophthalmologist, especially if they have any other existing risk factors," said lead researcher Dr. Shan Lin, professor of clinical ophthalmology at the University of California, San Francisco. Women who took birth control pills for longer than three years were twice as likely to have been diagnosed with glaucoma, according to the study. The findings were presented Monday at the annual meeting of the ... Read more

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U.S. Teen Birth Rate Plummets: Report

Posted 23 May 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 23 – Teen birth rates in the United States are dropping sharply, especially among Hispanic teens, according to a new government report. Overall, the rate of birth among teens aged 15 to 19 dropped by nearly one half from 1991 to 2011 – from about 62 births for every 1,000 teens to 31 births for every 1,000. From 2007 to 2011, the most recent time period studied, rates fell 25 percent, from 41.5 to about 31. During that time, rates fell at least 30 percent in seven states, and Arizona and Utah each saw a 35 percent drop, said Brady Hamilton, a statistician at the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics and a co-author of the report, which was released Thursday. All but two states – North Dakota and West Virginia – reported drops of at least 15 percent, the researchers found. They tracked live births, not pregnancies. "It's good news," Hamilton said. "But it shows ... Read more

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Health Tip: Possible Causes of Dry Eye

Posted 21 May 2013 by Drugs.com

-- You produce tears to help keep your eyes moist and protected from irritants. But dry eye can make your eyes vulnerable and uncomfortable. The National Eye Institute says possible causes of dry eye include: Certain medications, including birth control pills, antidepressants, antihistamines and blood pressure drugs. Diseases of the eye or nearby skin. Damage to the eye, such as from chemical exposure. Health conditions, such as thyroid problems, allergies or immune disorders. Irritation caused by use of contact lenses, or after LASIK surgery. Pregnancy, hormone replacement therapy or some homeopathic remedies. Not blinking frequently enough during use of a computer screen. Read more

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Low-Dose 'Pill' Linked to Pain During Orgasm, Study Finds

Posted 3 May 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 3 – Women taking birth control pills with lower amounts of estrogen – a commonly prescribed contraceptive – may be at higher risk for chronic pelvic pain and pain during orgasm, according to new research. A study of nearly 1,000 women found that women on the lower-dose oral contraceptives were more likely than those on the standard dose (with higher estrogen levels), or those not on the pill, to report pelvic pain. "In our practice, we have seen a lot of this anecdotally," said Dr. Nirit Rosenblum, assistant professor of urology at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, a specialist in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. To investigate the potential link further, she compared pain symptoms of women on low-dose birth control pills with those not on pills and those on standard doses. She is scheduled to present the findings Tuesday at the American ... Read more

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Millions Still Lack Access to Modern Contraception, Study Says

Posted 11 Mar 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 11 – The number of women worldwide using modern contraceptive methods such as birth control pills is increasing, but an estimated 233 million women with partners may not have access to these methods in 2015, a new study suggests. That means these women would have to rely on traditional contraceptive methods, such as not having sex or withdrawal of the penis before ejaculation. Researchers analyzed data from 1990 to 2010 about women of reproductive age (15 to 49) in 194 countries and found that the use of contraception by married women increased from 55 percent to 63 percent during that time, while the unmet need for contraception fell from 15 percent to 12 percent. (Women with unmet need are those who want to delay or stop childbearing but aren't using any method of birth control to prevent pregnancy.) However, because of population growth and other factors, total ... Read more

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