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Birth Control Vending Machine Under Review by FDA

empty black vending machineForget the local drug store. Students at Shippensburg University can buy emergency contraceptive from an on-campus vending machine. The public university, secluded in the mountains of Cumberland Valley, Penn., traded out its chips and soda for Plan B, condoms, decongestants and pregnancy tests.

The university’s Etter Health Center started selling these items two years ago, and no one has taken notice until now. With the recent uproar over Planned Parenthood funding and religious disputes over access to birth control, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration decided to take a closer look at the vending machine.

Tuesday, an official resigned from the The Susan G. Komen foundation over Planned Parenthood funding. Meanwhile, Republican presidential candidates disputed over the Obama administration’s recent decision to require church-affiliated employers to offer birth control.

Anyone 17 and older can purchase Plan B, also known as the morning-after pill, without a prescription. Records show that all current students attending the school are at least that age. However, the FDA is contacting both state officials and the university to collect more facts, said FDA agency spokeswoman Stephanie Yao.

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The Most Dangerous Form of Birth Control on the Market Today

ortho_evra_2Almost 50 percent of teens are sexually active, and more than 80 percent of these teens are using some sort of birth control to prevent unwanted pregnancies or protect against STDs. Unfortunately, a new report shows that one form of birth control that is meant to make having sex safer for users is actually causing injury and death.

Johnson & Johnson released Ortho Evra, commonly known as the birth control patch, in 2002, and it has been wildly successful ever since. Time magazine named it one the best inventions of the year, and since then, doctors have written almost 40 million prescriptions for this method of birth control.

However, a new report shows that there are some serious downsides to this product. Patient reports have revealed that users are 12 times more likely to suffer a stroke while taking this product and 18 times more likely to develop a blood clot, compared to tradition birth control pills.

The birth control patch delivers a continuous and high level of estrogen to the user for a week straight. Some experts suspect this elevated level of the hormone is what is causing the problem. Read the rest of this entry »


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