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Contraceptive pills behind 'dramatic fall in ovarian cancer deaths'

Scientists say deaths from ovarian cancer have fallen worldwide in 10 years (between 2002 and 2012), thanks to use of the contraceptive pill. They say that the trend is likely to continue in the US, European Union (EU) and, though to a smaller degree, in Japan by 2020.

Fewer Indians using contraception, despite better awareness

India's population, now estimated at 1.32 billion, is expected to surpass China's within the next six years and reach 1.7 billion by 2050, according to World Health Organisation projections.

Contraceptives with oestrogen may up Vitamin D in women

The findings, after adjusting for seasonal exposure to sunlight, showed that the use of contraceptive pills, patch or ring containing oestrogen was associated with a 20 per cent higher 25-hydroxy Vitamin D level.

Pakistan bans contraceptive advertisements on TV, radio

Pakistan has banned airing advertisements of contraceptives on television and radio after complaints that such "undesired" commercials make children inquisitive about the use of the family planning products.

Safe male birth control 'pill' in the offing

By targeting this enzyme, its function gets inhibited. It, thus, decreases the sperm motility -- the sperm's ability to swim -- so that fertilisation cannot occur.

Sexual health: The advantages of using contraception

Contrary to the days when contraceptives were rare, we are fortunate enough to live in a day and age where there are many birth control options available.  

Contraceptive use expanding but not fast enough: Family Planning 2020 report

A total of 80 million unintended pregnancies were prevented and 26.8 million unsafe abortions were averted in the last one year globally, says the progress report of Family Planning 2020 (FP2020).

Using condoms: The Indian dilemma- Watch video

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Condoms and contraceptives are till date considered taboo in the 21st century. People still have a different perception regarding it.

Here is a video where people are asked to utter the word ‘condom’ and show how to wear one.

How birth control pills may risk your heart

Ladies! You may want to avoid using oral contraceptives as a new study has suggested that birth control pills pose a small but significant risk of the most common type of stroke.

Move for injectable contraceptives hailed

Several NGOs on Tuesday welcomed the Drug Technical Advisor Board's recommendation to introduce injectable contraceptive called DMPA in the government's family planning programmes.

Thinking of going the 'pill' way? Here's all you need to know

There is only one drug known so well worldwide, it is simply called 'the Pill'.

Women using birth control pills prone to breast cancer risk

A new study has revealed that women, who recently used birth control pills with high-dose estrogen are prone to increased risk for breast cancer.

Can`t make employers cover contraception: Justices

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.

Good bacteria that protects against HIV identified

The health of the human vagina depends on a symbiotic/mutually beneficial relationship with "good" bacteria that live on its surface feeding on products produced by vaginal skin cells.

Tests to start on vaginal ring to prevent pregnancy, HIV

Clinical trials are to begin soon on a new vaginal ring that promises to provide months of protection against pregnancy, HIV and herpes, US researchers said Wednesday.

US abortion rate hits lowest level since 1973: Study

The abortion rate in the United States dipped to its lowest since 1973, coinciding with a steep decline in overall pregnancy and birth rates.

70% women use contraceptives during first sexual encounter

Contraceptives are the most effective way of preventing unplanned pregnancy.

IUDs better than pills at preventing pregnancy

Girls as young as 11 and 12 years old should be fitted with coils after unprotected sex instead of being given the morning after pill, researchers claim.

Birth control pills increase risk of breast cancer

The finding on injectable and oral contraceptives were done by a expert team led by Margaret Urban at NHLS.

Senate heads for showdown over contraceptives

The Obama policy requires almost all employers who provide health insurance to provide coverage for women`s contraceptives without copays or deductibles.