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Hate the Pill? Non-Hormonal Birth Control, While Effective, Has Side Effects, Too

Alice Queen used oral contraceptives for years, but they caused her “intense pain and swollen breasts all the time,” she says. Eventually, she switched to non-hormonal birth control options. Hormonal birth control like oral contraceptives, the NuvaRing (a vaginal ring) and hormonal intrauterine devices (IUD) work to avert  pregnancy by…

Elevated Risk of Suicide for New Users of Hormonal Birth Control Methods

Women using hormonal contraceptives –- such as the birth control pill, vaginal rings and hormonal IUDs –- have double the risk of attempting suicide compared to those who never took any type of hormonal birth control, according to a new study. But the risk is both small and short-term. Researchers…