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The FDA made some crucial changes in its language regarding the morning-after pill.
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Love Bytes: The Morning-After Pill, Redefined

The FDA redefines the morning-after pill. Should you give your first love a second chance? Our expert Charles Orlando talks about online dating on WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show. What if you knew your friend's husband was cheating? The upside of dating several guys at once. Do you fantasize about your husband's friends?

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The realm of oral contraceptives is getting a bit messy these days.
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"My Birth Control Pill Almost Killed Me"

Some of you may remember my issues with the birth control pill, Yaz. After surviving a pulmonary embolism, I can now consider myself relatively healthy although doctors are not sure if I will have more complications in the future. Even though I've been off my medication for two and a half years, I am still dealing with what happened every day.

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What do you think of the government's recent decision on Plan B?
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Sound Off: Have You Ever Had Trouble Getting Plan B?

The government just overruled the FDA's decision to allow Plan B (the pill which, if taken 72 hours after sex can very significantly reduce the risk of pregnancy) to be sold on drugstores shelves to anyone of age.

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Why The Pill May Cause Blood Clots

It might be time to take a closer look at your birth control pill. The Food and Drug Administration is warning of new evidence that some popular brands of oral contraceptives may cause blood clots.

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FDA Says Coffee Not An Aphrodisiac

Straight from the No-Doy files comes a bombshell from the FDA. The Food And Drug Administration has declared that the coffee is not an aphrodisiac. While the FDA has Winnie the pooh-poohed the idea of aphrodisiacs for years, this time around they're saying that Magic Power Coffee may actually be a touch dangerous.

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FDA Approves Generic Plan B

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Wednesday that it had approved the first-ever generic form of the emergency contraceptive pill known as Plan B (levonorgestrel), manufactured by Watson Laboratories, Inc. At the current time, however, the generic version of Plan B will be made available only to young women ages 17 and younger and will require a doctor's prescription.

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Plan B Now Available For 17-Year-Olds

Plan B—known as the "morning after pill"—is to be taken 72-hours after unprotected sex in hopes of warding off an unwanted pregnancy. Regardless of the fact scientific evidence proved the pill perfectly safe for 17-year-olds, before yesterday's ruling the drug was only available behind pharmacy counters to women 18 and up. Judge Edward R. Korman of the federal district court in New York didn't understand why this was, and even went so far as to speculate that members of the FDA were "bowing" to the conservative leanings of the Bush administration and knowingly appointed anti-abortion members to the review panel. He accused the FDA of dragging their feet and avoiding lifting restrictions even after their team of scientists gave the pill the thumbs up for use in minors.

What's the Female Condom?
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What's the Female Condom?

There's two types of condoms, you say? Yes! The male condom (the one you likely learned to put around a banana in sex ed class) and the female condom, which.....um......um......wait, you don't know anything about it, either? We like to think of ourselves as pretty knowledgeable about how to practice safe sex, but we were embarrassed to discover how little we knew about the female condom. Even if you grew up with abstinence-only education, you'll know what a Durex or a Trojan looks like. You also know that some men hate to wear 'em. Enter the female condom, method of birth control that basically involves inserting what looks like a larger version of the male condom inside your vagina.

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Orgasm In A Bottle

Women for whom an orgasm can be more work than fun have a bevy of options waiting in the wings these days: lubricants, sex toys, G-spot shots, and now orgasm gels, among others. According to Metro.co.uk, the average woman's orgasm lasts 28 seconds but can be extended to last up to 107 seconds.

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Sex Pills And The City

A couple of different cases of dangerous aphrodisiacs in New York City. First, a dude died from ingesting toad venom for it's purported sexual powers. And second, the FDA has discovered that some of the pills on the convenience store counter may actually work. Maybe too well.

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Orgasm Device Awaits FDA Approval

Inventor Stuart Meloy thinks he's about to solve everyone's problems. He's created an invention called the Orgasmatron. It's supposedly able to bring any person to climax by attaching electrodes to their spine. The FDA is checking all this out and if things go well it could be on shelves in a couple of years.