Medical research

Long-lasting device protects against HIV and pregnancy

Women's reproductive health may never be the same, thanks to Northwestern University biomedical engineer Patrick Kiser and his first-of-its-kind intravaginal ring that reliably delivers an antiretroviral drug and a contraceptive ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

International study finds lower-dose IUDs are safe and effective

In a finding that could expand the use of one of the most effective forms of birth control, two intrauterine contraceptive systems that had lower doses of the contraceptive hormone, levonorgestrel, were found to be safe and ...

Medications

FDA OKs sale of 'Morning-after' pill without age limit

(HealthDay)—The so-called morning-after pill is about to go over-the-counter, with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announcing Thursday that it has approved unrestricted sales of Plan B One-Step.

Medications

Bayer receives FDA approval for long-term contraceptive

(HealthDay)—Bayer HealthCare has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its new low-dose levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system (IUS) called Skyla, according a Jan. 10 news release issued ...

HIV & AIDS

Novel intravaginal ring shows promise in HIV prevention

A new 90-day intravaginal ring has been developed—that for the first time—enables the long-lasting vaginal delivery of tenofovir (TFV), the only topical prophylactic shown to be effective at reducing the sexual transmission ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Marker helps predict thrombotic risk of hormonal contraceptives

(HealthDay) -- For women taking hormonal contraceptives, sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) is a useful marker to estimate the risk of venous thrombosis, according to research published in the June issue of the Journal of ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

ACOG: Intrauterine device insertion linked to weight loss

(HealthDay) -- Women who undergo postpartum or interval insertion of Levonorgestrel-releasing Intrauterine System (LNG-IUS) or Copper T 380A (CU-T) intrauterine devices experience weight loss in the two years following insertion, ...

Medications

Certain birth control pills may carry higher blood clot risk: FDA

(HealthDay) -- U.S. health officials announced Tuesday that birth controls pills containing drospirenone -- a man-made version of the hormone progesterone -- may be associated with a higher risk of blood clots and will require ...

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Levonorgestrel

Levonorgestrel (or l-norgestrel or D-norgestrel) is a second generation synthetic progestogen used as an active ingredient in some hormonal contraceptives.

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