Contraceptives

1:49pm

Fri July 26, 2013
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50 Years On, Research On Sex Can Still Be A Lightning Rod

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 5:07 pm

Johnson with her fellow researcher and sometimes husband, William Masters. The pair helped legitimize the study of human sexuality.
AP

The world has changed a lot since a divorced mother of two teamed up with a St. Louis gynecologist to study the physiology of sex.

Masters and Johnson's first book, Human Sexual Response, made Virginia Johnson and William Masters household names in the 1960s. More than any other scientists before them, they approached sex as a biological process to be observed, measured and analyzed.

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1:18pm

Wed July 24, 2013
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Plan B To Hit Shelves, Protected From Generics

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 3:54 pm

The Plan B One-Step morning-after pill will now be available to women as young as 15 without a prescription, and will have another three years of protection from generic competition.
AP

As expected, the Food and Drug Administration has granted an additional three years of protection from generic competition to the makers of the most popular form of the emergency contraceptive pill,

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8:13am

Wed July 10, 2013
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Catholics Split Again On Coverage For Birth Control

Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 12:42 pm

Baltimore Archbishop William Lori gave voice to a letter Catholic groups sent to the administration and Congress to protest insurance rules for contraceptives.
Patrick Semansky AP
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Two prominent Catholic groups are finding themselves, once again, on opposite sides of a key issue regarding the Affordable Care Act.

Three years ago, the Catholic Health Association, whose members run hospitals and nursing homes across the country, backed passage of the health law. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which represents the hierarchy of the church, opposed it.

Now the groups are divided over the law's requirement for most employer-based health insurance plans to provide women with birth control.

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2:51pm

Fri June 28, 2013
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Administration Clarifies Insurance Rules For Contraceptives

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 4:41 pm

The federal rules for coverage of birth control by religiously affiliated groups are becoming clear.
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The Obama administration is moving to end a long-running controversy over making no-cost birth control available under the federal health law.

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7:17am

Tue June 25, 2013
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Why Morning-After Pill Won't Stop All Unintended Pregnancies

Almost half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unintended.
Rudyanto Wijaya iStockphoto.com

Women of all ages will soon be able to buy emergency contraceptives over the counter without a prescription, now that the Obama administration has decided to stop fighting a judge's order to make the drugs more easily available.

But better access to emergency contraception doesn't necessarily reduce rates of unintended pregnancy, research has found. Why that's so remains unclear, although researchers have some ideas.

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