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FDA Approves New Contraceptive Device for Women

The FDA approved a combined hormonal contraceptive for women called Annovera, the first vaginal ring that can be used to prevent pregnancy for a full year.

Pap Smear. Pelvic Exam. STD Test. What's the Difference?

Credit: Thinkstock When I was younger I assumed any vaginal examination would automatically include a Pap smear and testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). As I got older, I came to realize that my assumptions were false. Although the three ...

This image shows just how small the implant is within the "inserter," used to place it in the arm.

Why Don't More Women Use the Birth Control Implant?

The IUD isn’t the only form of long-acting reversible birth control on the block. In fact, it’s not even the most effective. Here are the facts about the birth control implant.

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Top 3 Myths Your Gynecologist Wants You to Stop Believing

Obstetrician-gynecologists weigh in on the top three myths their patients tend to believe, from monthly periods to STDs.